I first saw mebae’s work a few years ago in the comic anthology GELATIN, which featured a full page pinup in the 2010 Spring issue of their rock-climbing school girls. Not to be confused with the 3rd image featured here, that rock-climbing piece was only published in GELATIN and has not been uploaded online by mebae or their affiliates. However, scans of the image have of course been scanned and illegally uploaded — chances are, if you’ve seen one image by mebae, it is that picture.
I was instantly drawn in by mebae’s mixing of the mundane and the extraordinary. Their charmingly simple style along with their cute and sexy girlishness brings a familiar side of anime art to interesting new fronts. In various ways, I see mebae’s art as putting the cherry on top of a long living, shiny, pink genre of anime illustration while subtlety giving it something new.
In their current work, mebae has taken incredible steps with their illustration, working alongside master-artist Takashi Murakami (KaiKai Kiki) on animation projects such as 6♥Princess (Six Heart Princess) through studio PONCOTAN. I am thrilled by this path mebae is taking, and can’t wait to see what they do next.