Wandaba Style, an anime about a boy scientist who recruits a team of aspiring idol singers to travel to the moon, is largely a waste of time.

But the significance of Wandaba Style is that it is what has introduced the Western world to the artist known as Goto-P. It is unfortunate that a work severely lacking in literary merit would serve as the introduction of such a great artist.

Goto-P is an essential part of a balanced moe diet.

We here in the United States must either check out Clannad Another Story or wait until the translation of Narcissu Side 2nd if we want to experience a story worthy of Goto-P’s artwork.

Narcissu Side 2nd is a visual novel where the player takes on the role of a sickly girl named Setsumi as she comes to terms with her mortality or something.

Name: Setsumi. Gender: Female. Blood type: O. Bracelet color (identification bracelet used by hospitals to mark their patients): Blue. Age: 19 (although the official site also says 15, and that she looks like a middle schooler even at age 22).

Goto-P, and his artbooks such as Nagomi Hiyori, are highly regarded by myself, Stripey, Shin, Samukun, and other bloggers whose tastes in anime girls tend more toward highly underage-looking screen names start with “S”, because of his choice of subject matter. Goto-P depicts nostalgic and carefree scenes with young female child characters, in his own words “wonderful days remembered through all eternity.” His soft coloring style gives his pictures a relaxing feeling.

Goto-P’s work is so good that you can squeeze some value out of even a bad series like Wandaba Style by extracting the illustrations. Actually watching the show itself is not as good, unless you like over-the-top mockery of science and fanservice featuring somewhat underage-looking girls.

To save you the trouble of renting the DVDs yourself, I have a number of Wandaba Style screencaps that I took and stitched together myself. Click on the images for larger, uncompressed, 24-bit bitmap versions. Let the Goto-P appreciation begin!

Himawari Natsuwa (traditional Japanese ballad singer)

Yuri Fuyude (“Every hot girl is a rock star”)

Ayame Akimo (claims to be able to see fairies)

Sakura Haruno (not to be confused with Naruto’s female lead)

Also, updated to WordPress 2.8. Changed the banner and layout slightly. It seems the person who the banner was originally created for has stopped using it, so I get to have my turn.

Esperanza/Yorochan’s design is influenced by Goto-P’s Setsumi.

4 Responses to “Goto-P”

  1. Will of the Wisps says:

    Was he the one behind the art in Narcissu 1 as well?

    On a less related note, who did the art for the Wind ~A breath of Heart game OP? The artstyle is beautiful and unique, for one thing.

  2. Sixten says:

    I don’t think the in-game art of the first Narcissu is by Goto-P, but he has done art of that game’s version of Setsumi.

    I think the Wind – A Breath of Heart game OP was directed by Makoto Shinkai.

  3. Stripey says:

    Nagomi Hiyori is one of my favourite artbooks EVA (Almost up there with Byakuya Chakai.. ALMOST… which is a big deal). I was brandishing this artbook to a friend at a cafe and he was WOW-ed by the meld of vibrant colours with soft tones. Goto-P does loli right indeed.

  4. Shiroi Hane says:

    I have some nice Goto-P art in a compilation book somewhere, I think it was a Megami Creators.

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