Romantic Album fanbook

Tokimeki Tonight Romantic Album is a fanbook published back in 2000 to commemorate the conclusion of Tokimeki with the publication of Hoshi no yukue. It includes everything a fan could want: a long interview with Ikeno Koi, color illustrations, color pages showcasing merchandise, character bios and story guides, a plan of the Eto mansion, a glossary, messages from Ikeno's contemporaries in Ribon, and even a little quiz to check how well you know your Tokimeki canon.

It has long been out of print, but in 2023 it was reissued as an ebook to commemorate Tokimeki's 40th anniversary and exhibition, and is now available from ebookjapan and other retailers.

Table of contents

Tokimeki illustration gallery

The following color illustrations have been reprinted in this book:

Ribon covers

In its 17-year history, Tokimeki was featured on the cover of Ribon magazine no less than 33 times. This book has one color page featuring all these covers, which is a fantastic resource.

This is the number of times the three heroines have each been featured on the cover:

Which gives a total of 32. The last one is the cover of the July 1982 issue, in which Tokimeki started serialization. But the girl on the cover isn't Ranze (she has short hair) because the series started in such a hurry that when Ikeno drew this cover, she had yet to make up her mind about character designs.

As an aside, Narumi was featured on the cover of the April 1988 issue, Futaba on the September 1990 issue, and Aira on the November 1991, January 1992, and February 1993 issues of Ribon, albeit along with other series. Tokimeki was also featured many times on the covers of Ribon's various supplemental issues (please see my publication overview pages for detailed information).

Rough sketches

This is a page showcasing rough sketches of nearly all the Ranze arc characters, which Ikeno drew for the Ribon editor she worked with all through the Ranze arc. You can really see how good Ikeno is at drawing different types of characters and properly differentiate them in her art! And absolute must-see for fans.

Tokimeki goods collection

By far my favorite color pages of this book feature a huge number of Tokimeki novelties that were made exclusively for Ribon magazine throughout its serialization, either as contest prizes or as giveaways for readers. There are watches, all sorts of bags, stationary, clothing, even an umbrella! It's all unavailable today, obviously, but just looking at these four pages collecting the items makes me happy. Along with the rough sketches, this is a good reason to pick up this book.

Shufu Yōko-inu no ichinichi (One Day in the Life of Yōko-dog the Housewife)

A short dialogue-free comic written specially for this book. Yōko-dog from the Narumi arc of the story has married Narumi's pet dog Run, and is now a housewife with five puppies. The story follows her life and includes a section where she's about to cheat on her husband with a handsome dog who looks not a little like Shun.