The jacket illustration for AKB48 idol Mayu “Mayuyu” Watanabe’s new single, Rappa Renshuuchuu— on sale July 10 —has been confirmed.
The picture below, created by artist “Miyoro,” won the honor of being the jacket illustration. It also won Watanabe’s praise.
“Anyhow, it’s very lovely, and pleasing to the eye,” Watanabe said. “Overall, as far as the touch of the art and the use of color, it’s splendid!!”
The winning image, by the artist “Miyoro.”
The jacket image was chosen as part of a public contest. It was announced with this description: “Commemorative illustration contest for the release of Mayu Watanabe’s 4th single~ Your illustration becomes the new song’s jacket cover.”
The theme for these submissions— amusement park —was announced on the illustration submission site, pixiv. In about 3 weeks, over 1,200 illustrations were submitted! Of those submissions, 150 of them— that’s over 10% —were from foreign users.
Mayu “Mayuyu” Watanabe of AKB48
Of course, there could only be one winner. But 13 other excellent works, impartially judged by Watanabe herself, will be enclosed in a publication book with the CD.
“In spite of the short time, I received over 1,200 submissions. I’m honestly very thankful!! Getting to see everyone’s charming work, overflowing with individuality, made me happy♪” Mayuyu wrote in a recent thank-you message.