Although it's about twice the cost of an issue of Kindai, UTB really proves its worth not only in its beautiful photography…but also in the magazine's aesthetics as well which is printed on thicker stock glossy pages (note: a small portion of news and some features are in black & white in each issue), features a flat spine design and UTB has also long offered special extras with each issue. =)
The current extra being the inclusion and return of the photo trading cards~! UTB & Bomb! magazine really revolutionized the idol trading card/ magazine relationship back in the mid to late nineties and along the way UTB through it's numerous restructurings has offered extras such as clear files, posters and one of their most ingenious to date still remains their special DVDs which really brought to *life* each issue through "up♥dates", gravure photo shoots, idol games, etc…which featured the idols included in each issue~. Also notable are how extended each of the main photo features have become as they're now 8-10 pages in length!
And for any AKB48 fans…they've now appeared regularly for the past few issues….and in this issue alone AKB48 have five features including four of them being solo~. ＾ ＾
UTB's trading cards are randomly included between 3 possible sets of five cards per issue…….one great thing for all H!P fans is that the trend so far has been separating H!P member cards between the three sets….so matter which set your issue includes you can rest assured to receive at least one of them! =) My issue included "set C" or the "Airiin" set~.
Manoeri, Airiin and Maimichan are featured in photo shoots for this issue….here are the scans…
Manoeri continues to be an UTB favorite~♥….her photogenic personality and natural *adorableness* surely great reasons!
Manoeri's debut shashinshuu & major label music release is also covered…what's so awesome about these events is not only how close up fans get to their favorite idols but there are also usually signing opportunities as well~.
Berryz Koubou's Riichan shares a timeline from her birth up to her recent 15th birthday and it's cutely presented in a board game like format~. =)
…and I just thought that it was so *cute* that Momose Misaki has the kanji character for "peach" in her last name (*´∀｀*)~♥……
..one of H!P's most beautiful~!..