Ice Ribbon kicked off 2021 with the first physical photobook release of the year in the world of Joshi. This photobook was released to celebrate Maya Yukihi’s 6th Anniversary in what is being billed as her last photobook. You can read reviews for more magazine and photobooks on the Joshi Photobook Reviews
Title: Maya Yukihi 6th Anniversary All Day Long
Release: January 2021
Where to Buy: Pro-Wrestling.JP Shop
When it comes to photobooks, Ice Ribbon doesn’t have the reputation of Stardom or Tokyo Joshi Pro but they still release a couple a year for their wrestlers. In the last few years they have produced photobooks for Kyuri, Tsukushi, and Akane Fujita as they focused on highlighting some of their midcard wrestlers. They started 2021 however with a photobook for one of their most popular wrestlers – Maya Yukihi.
Maya has never been shy (as seen in her last photobook, Color of Snow), and that trend continues with Maya Yukihi 6th Anniversary “All Day Long.” What it lacks in quantity (more on that in a moment) they make up for in quality, with Maya going through many different looks throughout the photobook. It must have been a very long photoshoot, as beyond the location changes, Maya wore at least a dozen different attires throughout the presentation (including no attire at all). This is definitely a more “gravure” style photobook, even more so than her last one was, which is certainly worth considering as some fans would have liked some casual or wrestling attire pictures as well which are absent here.
The only real negative with the photobook is the length. At 44 pages, it is thicker than the Stardom “MyStar” series photobooks but well shorter than the bigger releases by Stardom and the recent Tokyo Joshi Pro photobooks. It is also less than half the length of Maya’s last photobook. With the cost still being closer to that of the full sized photobooks, I was expecting more content comparable to other individual wrestler releases we have seen in the past. Especially considering the number of pictures all of the shoots no doubt accumulated, it would have been nice if more of the pictures were released. That doesn’t take away from the quality of the photos, but does make it a slightly worse value compared to a photobook like MagiRabi in WONDERLAND. Here are a sample of pictures from the photobook: