Creator Spotlight: Happoubi Jin

Happoubi Jin 八宝備仁
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Happoubi Jin’s name has previously often been mis-Romanized by me as Happo Bijin, 八方美人, a term with a negative connotation for someone who tries to be everyone’s friend. I’m not sure if he took Happoubi Jin as his pen name as a pun, or if it’s an unfortunate accident of birth; regardless, I (and a lot of other people, including ANN) have been getting it wrong for awhile and for this I apologize.
In the news most recently for the March 16th release of Resort Boin, as his Erogamescape page indicates he’s been working in the game design industry since at least 1997. It wasn’t until the fall 2004 release of Crossnet Pie’s Boin that he came across my personal radar, though, and I have the feeling it was the same for many others; this coincided roughly with the release of his first volume of doujinshi entitled Hole in Love at Comic Market 67 (December 30th, 2004) and in doujin shops shortly thereafter, further bringing his work to the consciousness of fans around Japan.
Crossnet Pie's Happoubi Jin designed Boin eroge Happoubi Jin's doujinshi Hole in Love and DVD

2005 saw the further rise of his artistic status, as he was brought on to illustrate the covers of Core Magazine’s monthly eroge magazine Megastore (an assignment he continued through 2006), bringing his work to the eyes of magazine browsers in bookstores nationwide. His other 2005 work included the release of a lavishly appointed Boin artbook (Amazon) and a pinup poster for volume 24 of 2D Dream Magazine. He followed the C67 release of Hole in Love with a second volume of doujin entitled DVD at C68 in the summer of 2005, and a third book a year later at C70 entitled Clever Clover (the only one still currently in stock at Toranoana, alas).
Boin artbook Happoubi Jin's Comiket 70 doujinshi Clever Clover Crossnet Pie's Happoubi Jin designed Resort Boin eroge

2007 has brought still more good news for Happoubi Jin fans, as the March 16th release of Resort Boin brought to fruition many months of hard work in gorgeously illustrated game form. His other recent assignments have included regular cover work for eromanga serial Men’s Young, and perhaps most exciting, an artbook compilation of his work from the past several years due out from Core Magazine on April 28th (source), entitled Sweet Body:
Happoubi Jin's artbook Sweet Body
Happoubi Jin's artbook Sweet Body Happoubi Jin's artbook Sweet Body Happoubi Jin's artbook Sweet Body

That’s a mere two weeks and change from now, my friends.
Why do I like Happoubi Jin? I’d think his work would speak for itself (if not the ad hoc assembly of images in this post, the far more comprehensive body available through the exploration of links contained within). As an admirer of the two-dimensional female bosom I believe there are few artists who get it in the way that Happoubi does; his physics aren’t too gravity-defying nor his proportions too plastic; he knows when a body needs to be filled out with a bit of heft to compensate for other voluminous endowments. I would classify his work as erotic without being maniac, curvaceous without being cartoony, and sexy with just a tinge of the ineffable moe. Happoubi Jin is, dare I say it, the proletariat’s ero-artist – his work can be appreciated by just about any eye, from the beginner to the most jaded consumer of Japan’s 2D culture. It’s a rare quality, and one that renders him more than worthy of the creepy stalking this column provides.

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0 Responses to Creator Spotlight: Happoubi Jin

  1. loplop April 12, 2007 at 11:04 am #

    Boin is a long time favorite of mine along with many others he has done. The Boin artbook is well worth the cost to obtain one. I have it sitting on my shelve right beside The Art of Seishoujyo (Cleavage) and Hiyoko Brand artbooks . . .

  2. Shingo April 12, 2007 at 3:31 pm #

    Definitely agreed, the Boin artbook is one of the best values for the money I’ve seen. Four original fold-out posters (or was it six)? I can’t wait to get my hands on Sweet Body. :3

  3. CMWilly April 12, 2007 at 3:55 pm #

    ah man, nice article shingo! nice and informative since its hard to find info about japanese artist. i like~boin~

  4. R8 April 13, 2007 at 10:22 am #

    once again shingo you are the bearer of great news. thanks to ya, i preordered sweet body immediately. love happobi’s art. though personally, i find him 2nd best in the bishoujo game world. numba one on my list is none other than sano toshihide!! which i know you also luv ;). when’s the spotlight on sano? ^^

  5. Shingo April 15, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    >>R8
    I chose to feature Happoubi now because of all his recent activity (Resort Boin, the new artbook, etc.). I’ll definitely be getting to Sano, ideally when he’s come out of hibernation in his frosty Hokkaido den and shown some signs of life. So many good artists out there, so little time… ;_;

  6. Kuzunoha Yukari April 18, 2007 at 6:26 pm #

    Wow.
    I’m looking forward to other “unofficial profiles” of talented artists like this. Especially because I see these works around and admire it *quite a good bit* but know next to nothing of the people who made them!
    You’re doing the internet a valuable service, Shingo!

  7. The Lolinator May 26, 2007 at 10:58 am #

    Boobs are way too big and unreal looking. Just like most hentai. Lolis FTW.

  8. WaxDoctor November 9, 2007 at 3:56 am #

    As a owner of this artbook i can warmly recommend it, you won’t be dissapointed. Excellent paper, rich in beautiful content and lots of it, the design of the book is also very well done.

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