Type-Moon is a visual novel company that needs little introduction. With numerous celebrated visual novels, anime adaptations, doujins, and figures, Type-Moon has a huge fan base. Fate/stay night, Kara no Kyoukai, and Tsukihime are some of the most well-known titles among anime watchers. The popularity of Type-Moon is clear from the love the various characters receive. For example, Saber’s celebrity status is unparalleled by almost all other anime characters. Further, the success of Type-Moon products extend far beyond the games into almost every aspect of the anime culture.
Similarly, Nitroplus is another well-known name in the visual novel industry. Several titles have had anime adaptations, including Demonbane, Requiem for the Phantom (Phantom of Inferno), and ChäoS;HEAd. Evidently, Nitroplus has carved out a niche among visual novel enthusiasts with its dark psychological themes and touching stories. Saya no Uta is a beautiful representative work that embodies these elements. A fantastic thought-provoking story that blurs morality and inhumanity, it is a mature series in more than one way. Saya is by far the best visual novel I have ever played. It gave me shivers, made me cry, and taught me to love. I am a huge fan of Nitroplus because of it.
What happens when you pit these two giants of visual novel productions against each other?
You get a gorgeous calendar of course!
Toranoana’s Nitroplus vs. Type-Moon 2010 Calendar is a beautiful calendar featuring colored illustrations from sixteen well-known artists: Nishimura Kinu, Miwa Shirow, Tapo, Ito Ben, Nisieda, Eiwa, Midori Foo, Shirotsumekusa, Taskohna, Amazio Komeko, Sumihei, Ohsaki Shinya, Matsuryu, Mashin Eiichirou, Inue Shinsuke, and Imizu. These are all amazing artists who have published wonderful works. For instance, since watching Queen’s Blade, Matsuryu and Eiwa have been favorite artists of mine. I am quickly falling in love with Nisieda, Midori Foo, Amazio Komeko, and Ohsaki Shinya as well. Employing a variety of style, the calendar references games from both Nitroplus and Type-Moon. With gorgeous colors, cute characters, and stunning scenes, each page is a monthly eye candy.
A bit about how I got this calendar. A few months back, I received a lovely package from a dear friend. After hearing that I am a fan of both Nitroplus and Type-Moon, she generously sent me this absolutely breathtaking calendar from Comiket 77. Thank you so so very much! I was really ecstatic when I opened up the package to discover not only the calendar, but many other items as well, including two small artbooks featuring sketches that I may scan later. Again, thanks for such an amazing gift!
Here are the pages from this lovely calendar in chronological order from January to December.
April to December are on the next page.