Bikiniing 10 Stardom Visual Photobook Review

Bikiniing 10 Cover

The Bikiniing Visual Book series is one of the most popular Stardom photobooks each year. Beginning in 2012, Stardom has released a Bikiniing Photobook every year, featuring the Stardom wrestlers wearing bikinis or other swimwear (as the name implies). Not all wrestlers participate if this type of photoshoot goes against their wrestling character or personal preferences, however the majority of the wrestlers in the promotion do take part. You can read reviews for more magazine and photobooks on the Joshi Photobook Reviews page.

Full Details

Title: Bikiniing 10 Stardom Visual Book
Release: July 4th, 2021
Pages: 64
Size: A4
Cost: ¥3,000
Where to Buy: Will be on on Stardom’s Online Shop

For the 10th edition of the photobook, the following wrestlers were featured:

  • Maika
  • Himeka
  • Momo Watanabe
  • Utami Hayashishita
  • Syuri
  • Starlight Kid
  • Mayu Iwatani
  • Tam Nakano
  • AZM
  • Giulia
  • Lady C
  • Unagi Sayaka
  • Mina Shirakawa
  • Natsupoi

It is a new year, which means another edition of Bikiniing – everyone’s favorite or least favorite Stardom photobook release. Stardom continues the recent trend of not having Oedo Tai take part in the photobook, a decision I like (even though I love Konami) as it wouldn’t really fit in their faction image to take part in such a playful shoot. Everyone else you’d expect to see in the book is here however, and Western fans will be happy to know there are not any wrestlers under 18 this year as Stardom seems to have moved away from that as well.

I do feel for the wrestlers in one respect, as they clearly took a lot more pictures that didn’t make the final cut. At only 64 pages for 14 wrestlers, even without any text pages you are still looking at about four pages per wrestler. Yet every wrestler has two outfits, meaning they probably took a whole lot of pictures to only have four or five included. That was one benefit of the DDM and Cosmic Angel photobooks from a few months ago, as those being faction specific allowed the individual wrestlers to be featured more. Also, a small quibble for me is Giulia has on a wig in all her pictures, which since I like the short hair was a little disappointing. Still, for a presentation that features the bulk of the Stardom roster, if you are into the “visual” photobooks you can’t go wrong with Bikiniing. They didn’t reinvent the wheel but if you are looking for professional pictures of women in swimwear then they delivered. Here is a sample of pictures from the photobook: