Artist Aoi Nishimata, renowned as the artist behind Shuffle and a variety of adult games and visual novels, has been at the centre of a storm of controversy as it became known that she was selected as a “representative” artist for Japan, to contribute an illustration to a Lucas endorsed commemorative art book. Non-fans fulminate that the opportunity should have gone to someone else…

For her part, she describes how excited she was to have no less than George Lucas himself look over her contribution, and apparently like it.


Along with one other Japanese artist (apparently working in conventional western style), she joins over a hundred illustrators contributing to the book, set to be released as an anniversary celebration for Star Wars. She will get an entire page to showcase her portfolio.

The release date for the book is not yet confirmed, but it should be due this year.

However, not all are happy for her triumph. Many voices have been raised around the Internet demanding to know why an illustrator of erotic games was selected as Japan’s representative in place of “worthier” and bigger name artists, some suggesting Dragonball creator and known Star Wars fan Akira Toriyama instead.

Complaints range from “What? A hentai representative?” and “This means a Star Wars eroge…” to “At least get a world-famous artist like Toriyama in” and “Can she even draw mecha?”

You can read Nishimata’s blog entry here. A sample of the criticism can be seen here.

Looking over the responses, it seems this generally comes down to a variety of fans upset that their favourite “major” is not the choice, and going on to make the rather exaggerated complaint that this will tarnish Japan’s image overseas.

Aoi Nishimata’s style may be idiosyncratic (you can see more on the Channel), but would a dated artist like Akira Toriyama really be a better choice?

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    Comment by LoliHat
    12:10 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just as long as there is no Jar Jar or Ewoks...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what??? star wars is considered mecha???? :O
    i tought it was all about teh force

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    Comment by Aoshi
    08:13 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eroge Wars - Revenge of the Moe?


    Eroge Wars - Attack of the Moe?


    Eroge Wars - THe Return of Moe?

    Comment by velvet
    13:49 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    May the Moe Be With You.

    Comment by shalala
    06:58 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    she must be super happy that she got that. i happy that she got it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well if we're going with stereotypes, Japan is to hentai/eroge as the Netherlands is to pot and the red-light.

    Comment by Cerenado
    06:25 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool, good for her ^^
    This begs the following question though: By any chance, is G. Lucas into Japanese Eroge? xD

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    Comment by Xavi
    08:15 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? Dragonball art is considered better than Shuffle? I mean okay, Shuffle is a great deal away from being the best in terms of Animation quality, but Dragonball is among the worst I've seen. Dragonball art is pure CRAP. Anyway, what would you expect from Dragonball fanboys/retards...

    If I were to choose I would select Ishikei! Simply the best!

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    Comment by basilio
    09:19 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good for her! I personally really like her art and find it really attractive. Though I have to admit it's not along the same lines as what one would expect from a Star Wars artbook, but it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. Either way, good art is always a plus.

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    Comment by loplop
    10:20 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell, If we're going to throw out other names, I like to see Mitarashi Kousei

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    Comment by Youko
    03:37 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, Toriyama's not a bad choice. After all, Star Wars characters don't wear shoes, so he can definitely do it!

    Nah, but seriously, Aoi is an interesting choice. Not the best choice, but I'd like to see what she'll give us.

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    02:38 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Masamune Shirow or Katsuhiro Otomo could do(hey that rhymes!) since both of them had legions of American fans since 1980s.No offense to Nishimata-san.

    Comment by ManaYagami
    03:00 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And they are masters on the sci-fi genre, but let's give her a try and see what she can do with Star Wars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But should you really let her "see what she can do" on a big project? Kind of making her dive into depths where she isn't used to here when there's others well qualified...

    Comment by faggot
    04:21 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Chaos
    04:58 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, as long as another artist gets a chance, it's fine by me.

    I have a few choices, though:

    - Takeshi Obata (as long as he has enough sense NOT to clone his DN character designs like he did with CastleNote/Deathvania)
    - Ayami Kojima (Because I love her works in Castlevania, but I'm sure some of you will complain about an androgynous Luke Skywalker >_>)
    - Tite Kubo (His drawings are great and detailed. I think he'd draw a badass Darth Vader)
    - Oh Great! (If you want some eroge-like Princess Leia, this is the guy to pine for)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you cant really ruin star wars was never that great to begin with...


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese culture to the rest of the world = Hentai and otaku anime. Get used to it, Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was gunning for Yoshitoshi Abe, personally. Star Wars in Lain/Haibane Renmei style would be pretty interesting.

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    Comment by Hiddenshade
    11:00 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lucas knows that there is a percentage of fans of stars wars that are Basement-dweller and for that reason he looks for an artist that will give them Fap material of quality...

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    17:43 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If one artist who give you a fap that would be Adam Hughes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Star Wars doesn't fit with/deserve Nishimata's art, or anything moe.

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    Comment by K
    23:31 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    should try to redraw 33 faces of luke skywalker

    and put it in one of the artbook page o.O, well see
    sayonara zetsubo jedi, skywalker!&, jedichu, star wars frontier

    Comment by Carrie
    01:33 28/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha. That'd be interesting to see, actually!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:07 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nishimata is waaayyyy better than Toriyama.

    Comment by Carrie
    01:32 28/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is Nishimata even a fan of Star Wars? I don't object to the idea of giving her the spot, per say, but I can't help but think it seems a little strange to give it to someone who isn't really into it...?

    Comment by IvanHoeHo
    09:32 30/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd have gone for Range Murata, but she draws ok, too. (a little "typical". can't really explain it, but yeah...)

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    Comment by ToastCrust
    14:00 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, I thought the "world famous artist" they'd suggest would be someone like Miyazaki Hayao, rather Toriyama, who isn't so much famous himself, as much as his work is. Most people I know would sooner recognize his art as "Dragonball" than "Toriyama".

    *Personally* though, considering the quality of the recent Kannagi illustration he did, I'm personally curious as to what Azuma Kiyohiko would be able to pull off.

    On the other hand, more "art-y" and classically trained people like Murata Range or Masamune Shirow would probably be a more logical choice. Yoshitoshi ABe would be great too, considering he should be familiar enough with illustrating robotics.

    Still, I'm curious as to what Nishimata can do.

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    Comment by Mechwarrior
    11:53 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    George should have gone for the jugular and ask Shirow to do it.

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    Comment by KonW
    11:48 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think she is 100% representative, nothing idiosyncratic,
    you easily get the feeling of "ah japanese manga/anime/gal",that sort of thing, with only a glimpse of her work

    ps:i got the error message of"you posted too quickly" too often

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    Comment by Tate
    11:32 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    seems like her art is showing up everywhere for some reason. first bags of rice, then sake now a official star wars book.

    while it's probably fully justifiable by fans that a more suitable artist like Yoshitaka Amano, Akira Toriyama, Masamune Shirow and maybe even Yoji Shinkawa get the pick i kinda see why those choose her.

    Aoi Nishimata is a women and her style is pretty much what people would expect from a Japanese artist; you know, loli moe bishoujo style. i'm sure the editors of the book wanted to try and make it clear that star wars was not just a western thing...

    Comment by velvet
    02:26 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want Noizi Itou. Yes with every lolis.
    If it's a male genderbend it and lolify it.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    02:43 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amen, my friend. Itou-sama should be in the picture too..

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    12:15 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by S. mcduck
    22:06 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, if the aim is to have an art representing current Japanese anime/manga/game culture, then she is quite a suitable choice.

    Comment by Anonononono
    22:06 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    toriyama??? r u kidding me?? there's been too much toriyama's style already...DQ series, blue dragon, dragon ball...DRAGON BALL...DRAGON fukkin BALL!!!! enuf is enuf...eroge ftw!!!!

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    Comment by Vegio
    22:04 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "but would a dated artist like Akira Toriyama really be a better choice?"


    HELL NO !

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    Comment by Keigami
    21:49 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not a fan of star wars anyway, I find it over rated (yes I've seen all the movies). At this point it just seems like Lucas is milking it for all it's worth and it's just become a disgusting franchise to make him as much money as possible (take the last 3 films for example, highly criticized by die hard fans).

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    Comment by ToastCrust
    13:47 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    News flash: George Lucas made his fortune commercializing the original 3 Star Wars film, where he got almost none of the cut of the pie for the actual revenue for the movies, but reserved all the rights to merchandising.

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    Comment by DHYohko
    21:47 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    heck, if lucas himself is looking over production it means he's seen some of her work which mean lucas is a hentai XD

    Comment by wafuu
    22:18 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aoi Nishimata is the artist for Shuffle! series, not Clannad, and yes, i agree Toriyama is a very respectable person, but i also believe that everyone should be given fair chances, not limited to only the best and probably better artist

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    22:46 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moe will ALWAYS triumph over muscle...unless muscle punches moe in the face causing it to not be moe anymore... :P


    Comment by Necross
    06:03 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No need, the fist will stop 4 cm away from the face. Why? Because the fans will be beating the living shit out of whoever is hurting moé!

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    Comment by loplop
    22:45 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's nothing wrong with Nishimata Aoi doing a piece for such a book. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but I have to say, I'll be interested to see what she does for such a book.

    I wonder what Danny Choo has to say about this since he's a noted Eroge and Star Wars fan . . . .

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    Comment by San Celluz
    22:30 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If an artist can be blamed for making erotic images then we live in a sad world and if the alternative is Toriyama.....for the god sake....i like dragonball but why using a well know mangaka that was better in the early years than a modern one that can offer surely a different point of view?

    I DONT want a "starwars dragonball" true that all characters of Toriyama are identical.....surely Aoi is better...

    And if an alternative is needed...then Yoshitaka Amano is a good choice too....

    but please.....

    Comment by KiNA
    12:30 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    TBH.. All Aoi's characters have the same face as well ^¬^

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    Comment by NightFoxXIII
    23:09 27/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, and this may apply for most artists as well anyways. It has to do with the style you can recognize the most right? So by default they just usually look the same

    Comment by Mycstea
    22:26 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait a sec. Nishimata Aoi never drew representative works for CLANNAD. You meant SHUFFLE! right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh George Lucas ,you horny old man.

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