Putting our minds together to bring an illustration to life

Kina Kazuharudraws for MAL

See the final illustration

Get a copy for yourself by Feb 25 10pm (PT)

An illustration made for MAL members

Japanese illustrator Kina Kazuharu wants your help to create a unique illustration for the MyAnimeList community!

Can you picture a setting or scene that you would love to see illustrated? We are collecting ideas for themes to be combined into a brand new illustration created by Kina just for us. If you are happy with the results or simply enjoy Kina's work, you'll then have the option to tip Kina and receive an image set of the final illustration. It's a great way for us to get together and support such a talented creator.

Kina is an illustrator active in Japan with experience illustrating light novels and adventure games. He has also released multiple books of his artwork. Recently, Kina was chosen to take part in the 2022 edition of the New Masterpieces of 100 Eshi collection, which compiles work from the top 100 illustrators in Japan. His impressive illustrations of young women have a beautiful jewel-like sense of transparency to them.

Submit Themes to Kina

Kina will be creating a piece based on ideas from you! Let us know what kind of illustration you would like to see—including details about the character, what kind of background or setting you would like to see, and/or the situation for the piece to narrate. Kina will be commenting on the themes that strike him the most and choosing them for his illustration.

Submissions closed

The illustration will make its grand reveal on February 18.


Theme submissions
January 25 7pm - February 2 5pm (PT)
Illustration reveal
February 18 5pm (PT)

Supporting the illustrator, Kina

Two plans available to suit your needs

Image sets of the final illustration will be available for purchase as a digital download during MAL Expo Lite 2022. Be sure to purchase the illustration to directly support Kina!

Available for purchase: February 18 5pm - February 25 10pm (PT)


Oshikatsu Coffee Plan


  • Illustration with a unique serial number - max width 798px, perfect for your MAL About Me
  • MAL Profile Picture version of the illustration - 225 x 350px

Illustration data to be sent to buyers from March 7 2022


Oshikatsu Personalized Plan

Limited to 50 people


  • Illustration with your name and signature - max width 798px, perfect for your MAL About Me
  • MAL Profile Picture version of the illustration - 225 x 350px
  • Image data output by layer - so you can see how it was created

Illustration data to be sent to buyers from March 22 2022

The final illustration will be sold via Otsukai. We recommend creating an Otsukai account in advance to make the purchase go smoothly.

What is Oshikatsu?
Oshikatsu is a Japanese word used to describe the act of supporting and cheering for somebody or something you really like (a.k.a your oshi).
MALxJapan is seeking to bring you more projects that help you out with your own oshikatsu!

Message from Kina

Kina Profile

Hello! I'm Kina Kazuharu.

I'm super excited to be able to make an illustration together with all the fans over at MyAnimeList!

We can work together to create something memorable!

I'm looking forward to developing a sense of community that will last a long time!


Kina Kazuharu (和遥キナ)

A freelance illustrator residing in Tokyo.

His illustrations are known for their detail and beautiful sense of transparency. He has provided illustrations for many works such as designs for adventure games as well as light novel illustrations.

His gentle illustrations often depict the youthfulness of teenage girls, with a unique Japanese air to them as they go about their school days and other activities that are typical of adolescence.


Two plans are available: the Oshikatsu Personalized Plan costs $30 and the Oshikatsu Coffee Plan costs $5. (including system and PayPal fees)

The rights to the image belong to the creator, Kina Kazuharu.

  • The illustrations are for personal use only.
  • The only exception to this is that you are able to use the image you have purchased as your MAL Profile Picture and in your About Me on MyAnimeList. You can also use it as your icon on social media platforms.
  • You may not edit the illustration in any way, with the exception of trimming it for use as a social media icon.

Both plans come with two differently-sized versions of the illustration (one optimized for your About Me page and one optimized for your Profile Picture on MAL).

The Oshikatsu Personalized Plan is the only plan which comes autographed by Kina. He will sign the illustration that is optimized for your About Me and will even write your name! The name he will use will be whatever you have set as your display name on Otsukai at the time of purchase, so please be sure to set the correct name in advance.

The Oshikatsu Personalized Plan will also allow you to look at the illustration layer-by-layer, so you can gain a deeper insight as to how the image was created.

For more information on the two plans, please see Supporting the illustrator, Kina above.

The name used for the Oshikatsu Personalized Plan will be the same as your display name on Otsukai.

Please be sure to change your display name on Otsukai to the name you would like to be used.

We cannot change the name once you have made your purchase.

If you do not already have an Otsukai account, we highly recommend creating one ahead of time here: https://otsukai.com/user/register

You can change your display name on Otsukai by going to My PageEdit Profile and then changing the name in the Name box.

The illustration will be available to purchase as a digital download only.

The illustrations will be sent as a PNG file type.

The illustrations for sale do not use NFTs. The serial numbers are the same as a serial number that would be available on physical items and do not use a blockchain of any kind.

You can purchase the illustration on Otsukai during the sales period between February 18 5pm - February 25 10pm (PT).

The payment methods available are PayPal and credit card only.

You will receive the illustration data you have purchased via an email from Otsukai.

Please understand that these emails will NOT be automated and will be processed one-by-one.

Otsukai will begin to send the illustration data from March 7, 2022.

Illustrations belonging to the Oshikatsu Personalized Plan may take some time to process, so your patience will be very much appreciated.

Otsukai is a service that helps people across the world purchase items from Japan.

As well as being able to directly purchase Kina Kazuharu's illustration, Otsukai also offers a unique C2C-style proxy service.

You can read more about Otsukai here: https://otsukai.com/hosting/support/en/index.html

About Me is the section on your MyAnimeList profile page where you can tell people a little about yourself.

You can edit your About Me by going to your profile page, clicking on Edit Profile and scrolling down to the box labelled About Me.

You can use BBCode to edit this box to your liking, including adding pictures.

Your Profile Picture is the picture that is displayed on your Profile Page on MyAnimeList.

It will also appear when you make comments, post reviews, make recommendations and more!

Please note that this is different to your Forum Avatar, which only appears in the MAL Forums.