Musou Black – The World’s Blackest Paint

Koyo Orient Japan, Co. Ltd. released a world’s blackest water-based acrylic paint, “Musou Black.” “Musou” means “unparalleled” or “the one and only” in Japanese. The word is often used for a game title to depict the overwhelming existence. 

Musou Black successfully achieved an impressive light reflectance rate of 0.8%. In other words, the paint absorbs 99% of light. That is practically pitch-black! For your information, the light absorption performance rate of a typical acrylic black paint is around 2% to 6%.

Koyo Orient Japan developed this ultra-low light reflecting paint especially for crafts and plastic models. The artworks painted with Musou Black demonstrate blackness you have never seen before. With a black background, the painted surface is virtually invisible.

A 100ml bottle of Musou Black is available at ¥2,500 (about $23), but often runs out of stock on Amazon. Those who are lucky enough to get the ultra anti-reflective paint have shared their works with a hashtag #musoublack (#黒色無双) on Twitter and Instagram. Find out how black Musou Black is!

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Ryosuke Komori was born and raised in Kyoto. The city's deep cultural heritage and centuries-old traditions helped shape him as a young man and still influence him today. As a college student, he and friends started an email magazine business called MaguMagu! The success of that business made Ryosuke realize he needed to tell more stories about Japan in new ways. That's how QAZJapan and Origami magazine were born. With QAZJapan, Ryosuke is taking his media skills to a whole new level! He hopes you dive into the site and enjoy.
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