The photobook featuring pics of Yuuki Aoi came out last week, and is hovering around 20th place in sales of idol photobooks on Amazon Japan, having reached into the top ten. The book can be ordered from Amazon Japan or Kinokuniya, among other places.
I must admit that when I first heard about it, the idea of a photobook for Ao-chan made little sense to me. Not that I think she isn't good looking, just that she isn't good-looking in a sexy photobook kind of way.
Taketatsu Ayana? Sure. Tanaka Rie? Of course. But chunky little Ao-chan, who always seems to dress in a carefully unrevealing way?
Yeah, well, I guess I was wrong. The photos may not be top quality, but it's fun to see her in various outfits and poses. And she really is cute. Here are a few samples. Click images to enlarge.
As a Japanese tweet said: "How many Ao-chans are there in there?" Seiyuu, cartoonist, singer, university student, radio host, sometime actress, and now gravure idol?
Of course, some fans' interest does tend to be summarized in two phrases: "legal loli," and "big-breasted loli."
Ao-chan borrowed the high-school sailor suit uniform from her mother, who had kept it since her own school days.
The book's title, Diamant fille, means "Diamond Girl," in French. (Her album is called Petit pas, which means "Small Step," also in French.) Ao-chan's family's questionable etymology claims her given name of Aoi 碧 (which normally means blue-green) refers to a diamond.