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zyzzyva
Posted: Nov 15, 2006 10:55 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 07 Aug 2005 Posts: 635 Location: California
New Calendar for 2007
by a "mysterious" artist called "A i O"...



Hmmm... Shifty Giggle
Compare, if you will, with the Sakuranbo Picture Book, or any other of Ai's distinctive drawings.

Seems like Ayu's not the only Avex artist with a pen-name... Giggle Love

Congrats to Ai on yet another merchandising venture! Love
Here's to looking forward to more from this "A i O"... Laughing

*EDIT:
I apologize if my facetious tone confused readers... Embarassed No

Given the evidence:

⇒ "New Artist"'s name is 'A i O', as in 'Ai Otsuka'

⇒ Ayu's 'CREA' shows precedence at Avex for the use of pen-names (for separate ventures -- i.e. composing or non-music related merchandising). In the end, 'A i O' is less obscure than 'CREA' as it is more of an abbreviation, ne?

⇒ The calendar is being sold at mu-mo, Avex's official online store. Now, knowing how much Avex lawyers act like pitbulls over copyright infringement ('Ai's wipe off YouTube' thread), do you honestly think they'd sell a fake/rip-off item that would so easily and obviously be attributed to Ai?
Which brings us to...

⇒ The style of drawing is identical to Ai's previous works, down to the use of solid circles of color to supplement the brush-ink drawings. (Here's a specific example from the aforementioned picture book.)
More specifically, the way the cat is drawn bears a remarkable resemblance, minus the stripes, to the cat Ai drew for the box of commemorative incense produced for the release of Neko ni Fuusen:

I understand the tentative reception, especially since there's no other info about or merchandise from 'A i O' yet, but it seems *extremely unlikely* that there is another conclusion to be drawn.

At least for me, 'A i O' = Ai Otsuka/Otsuka Ai = 大塚 愛. Nod

and I can't wait to get my copy of the claendar...! Embarassed Love

Available for Purchase at:
Avex mu-mo Shop
YesAsia
Amazon.co.jp
CD Japan

Source:
Cherish's Blog

It doesn't appear that this has been posted yet at Channel-Ai... Forgive me if my search missed something...


Last edited by zyzzyva on Nov 16, 2006 2:31 am; edited 2 times in total
 
just_inhk
Posted: Nov 15, 2006 11:17 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 07 Dec 2005 Posts: 227
hum~sounds interesting "A i O" haven't heard of it~~
 
tsukiko
Posted: Nov 15, 2006 11:23 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 06 Oct 2006 Posts: 686 Location: Singapore
Ooh! I was waiting for something like that! And that cat-like thing is really really awesome Giggle Go A i O!
 
weirdoll
Posted: Nov 15, 2006 11:59 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 29 May 2005 Posts: 64
woah~ really looks like Ai-chin's drawing style. the back view looks cute!
 
LVXS
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 12:23 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 05 Dec 2005 Posts: 322 Location: Canada
hahaha.... if this really is a calendar released by ai...

just the other day, caffeinated and i were talking about how ai doesn't have any calendars... cause a lot of artists do!
we were talking about how nice it would be for ai to have a calendar.....

and suddenly THIS happens!!

oh this is very exciting indeed!
thanks for the update!
it does look very similar to ai's style! i can only imagine what the name stands for!
 
HilaryDuffFanboy
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 12:28 am Reply with quote
PEACH PEACH
Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 1975 Location: Melbourne, Australia
I've seen this for months actually.... I'm just unsure as to whether its 100% Otsuka Ai or not. Confused
 
tsumetai.ame
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 12:44 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 07 Apr 2006 Posts: 706
Haha.
It could stand for
Ai Otsuka but everyone probably already noticed that, haha. Anyways, it might be drawn for her or she could draw it... I didn't even know Ayu had a pen-name, lol.
 
zyzzyva
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 2:29 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 07 Aug 2005 Posts: 635 Location: California
HilaryDuffFanboy wrote:
I've seen this for months actually.... I'm just unsure as to whether its 100% Otsuka Ai or not. Confused

Yes, late, I know... Embarassed
But better late than never, right? Love

As for the 100% or not, I edited my original post with evidence.
Of course, it's no 'official confirmation' or press-release statement, but pretty strong points against the 'or not' side, I think. Wink
 
wailing
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 6:47 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 11 Oct 2006 Posts: 70 Location: Hong Kong


I've bought this calendar! I think that it is drawn by Ai. You can check the drawings on B-pass magazine. The drawing style is similar to this calender.
 
madgirlslovesong
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 10:53 am Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 23 Sep 2005 Posts: 1137 Location: USA
Haha! That's brilliant! I'll definitely be looking out for things by "A i O" in the future. Giggle
 
Shaoran
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 1:57 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 15 Nov 2006 Posts: 13 Location: In the States
I guess it has a double meaning. A i O is not only for A i Otsuka but, I think, it's also for "Ai and Otsuka". "i" is the "and" in other languages like Catalan, co-official language in Spain, France and other countries. Maybe Ai visited Barcelona. Laughing
 
caffeinated
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 3:24 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 07 Feb 2006 Posts: 362 Location: Vancouver, CA.
Wahh the calendar looks so cute! I love Aichin's illustrations, cute with unique style. Meow
On the other hand though, I would LOVE to see a photo calendar~ Too bad Aichin doesn't seem to be releasing one. T[]T;
 
Aprilis.
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 10:11 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
Thanks for bringing this news up zyzzyva, else I would never had known about it!

I wasn't going to get a calendar this year, but now... Tongue
 
mizune
Posted: Nov 17, 2006 1:08 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 03 Aug 2006 Posts: 15
zyzzyva wrote:
As for the 100% or not, I edited my original post with evidence.
Of course, it's no 'official confirmation' or press-release statement, but pretty strong points against the 'or not' side, I think. Wink

For more evidence, amazon.co.jp has got Ai-chan related goods associated with the calendar... Smile
Hmm... I guess I'll be hanging a new calendar at work next year... ^_^;
 
Winged
Posted: Nov 17, 2006 3:53 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 27 Oct 2005 Posts: 138 Location: UK
Ai has a very interesting pen name actually so does Ayu ^_^ but can't wait to see more pics! thanks 4 the info!
 
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