Bikiniing 3 Stardom Visual Photobook Review

Bikiniing 3 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 3 Stardom Visual Book: The Mexican Special
Release: June 1st, 2014
Pages: 60
Cost: ¥2,500
Where to Buy: Currently Unavailable

For the 3rd edition of the photobook, the following wrestlers were featured:

  • Io Shirai
  • Kairi Hojo
  • Mayu Iwatani
  • Yuna Manase
  • Dark Angel

For the third version of Bikiniing, Stardom went in a completely different direction. Except for the bikini theme, of course. Instead of having a large percentage of the roster take part, Bikiniing 3 was shot in Mexico with only five wrestlers. Three of the wrestlers were near the top of Stardom in 2014 in Io, Kairi, and Mayu, but Yuna was still in her learning phase (she wouldn’t last in Stardom much longer after this) and Dark Angel was a visiting Gaijin. But even though the photobook featured less wrestlers, they did not sacrifice book size or picture quality in the process.

Another key difference with Bikiniing 3 is it had a lot of group shots, plus of course it gave all the wrestlers more of a chance to be featured. There are a total of 15 pages with multi-shot pictures, showing the wrestlers in various locations including the beach, at the hotel, and traveling the city. If you are a fan of any of these five wrestlers, you’ll likely be satisfied with the photobook, however if you are a collector of the photobooks with a large sample of different wrestlers this is probably one that can be skipped since it had a different theme than any Bikiniing book before or after. Here is a sample of pictures from the photobook: