I know it’s unbelievable, but I also own doujinshi that have nothing to do with the Touhou franchise. However, I find it rather difficult to find an illustration doujin of origins I like that are “good enough” to become part of my collection. One of those books that fulfilled all my requirements (whatever they might be, I’m not even sure myself) is the Fate illustration collection Fate One: Renew. The book came directly from C83 via Toranoana via my trusted proxy to my place. It counts 22 pages and is – surprise – B5 sized.
The cover shows a stunning Saber illustration by Geister. Only this illustration made this doujin worth getting. While this illustration might be the “star” of the book, the others aren’t bad at all. There are ten artists featured in total that. Each of them has his very own very interesting style.
Fate One: Renew includes pictures of several Fate series such as Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night or Fate/Extra. The style of the artists varies from anime style to pictures that look like old masterpieces. I feel that this mix makes this book very special. The general tone is quite dark even though there are many rather colourful pictures. The first two illustrations already give a hint to the contrast of this collection. On the one site we have Saber as we are used to her. On the other site stands our Archer class hero in a very realistic art style. I prefer the right style to be honest. Even though there are many people that draw or paint fictional characters in a photorealistic style, you don’t get to see that in doujinshi very often.
I like it when I see anime characters drawn without outlines from time to time. The illustration of Rin is a good example. She almost becomes one with her environment which makes to entire picture very harmonious to me. The dark colours create a very peaceful mood, which makes it a pleasure to look at it.
In the middle of the book we find a fold out page. One site of the page shows the cover illustration by Geister, the other site shows a rather dark illustration by Monono. This page is a regular page of the book and not mend to be removed.
My personal highlight of this illustration collection is the very last picture. It shows Rider on a horse in the middle of the theatre of war. This looks like an old painting very similar to those you can see in certain art museums. What makes this picture so interesting is because it’s focus is laid on Rider and Rider alone. He is the only one who was painted very detailed. Everything and everyone – even Rider's horse – is less and less detailed (I fear my photos don't show it too well). His red outfit that makes him stand out of the grey and brown surroundings supports this impression. This definitely is one of the most outstanding anime related illustrations I have ever seen.
I like this doujinshi a lot. There is not a single illustration that I would want to remove from this book. Someone did a great job by putting together this collection. Even if I try hard, there is nothing to complain about. Well, maybe one thing: I want a poster of Geister’s illustration for my wall!