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Your Name Art Book Review

There has been an artbook released for every Makoto Shinkai movie so far and Your Name is no exemption - not surprising considering its run away success and that it got a special "Collectors Edition". Unlike the visual guide book, it does not contain concept art or storyboards but the format is no different, once again in B6 paper back...


Tokyo Xanadu Visual Guide Artbook Review

So I decided to import this A4 160 page "visual guide" artbook. Unfortunately, the wrapper arrived damaged because the proxy service Tenso.com I used didn't re-wrap or pad out the parcel before sending it over... Ah well, at least the book itself is fine =/ So, what are the contents of this artbook? It's actually quite thin but pretty...


Persona 5 Official Design Works Artbook Review

Prima Games book has also been released and according the Reddit thread it's actually not missing that much despite the lower page count. Some items were moved around and layout changed as I predicted so, content is still there, just smaller. What is missing are the interview (which you can find here), game assets such as icons and the...


Makoto Shinkai Walker Book

It's been a while since Makoto Shinkai released his first art book, "A Sky Longing for Memories" (which you can get an English copy of by Vertical Comics). Now he's released a new one at around the same time as his latest youth movie, "Your Name" and it's a B2 sized, 160 page book subtitled "Walker: Hikari no Kiseki [Trails of Light]". The...


Steins;Gate Official Materials Artbook, Q&A

I've become such a fan of Steins;Gate's story after playing the game I decided I had to find the "official materials" artbook. Unfortunately, since the book was published for the original Xbox360 game 2 years ago and Huke's artwork is so popular, it seems to be sold out everywhere. Fortunately, Amazon JP managed to restock the 2300 Yen...


Persona 3 Portable Vol. 1 Drama CD in August ::

So, how have those of you in NA being enjoying the localised version of Persona 3 Portable? I think they did a good job with the original game so I presume they've done the same with the portable version. Anyway, just wanted to let you Persona fans know the first P3P Drama CD is due out in August 28th this month, featuring all the new...


Evangelion You Can (Not) Advance Complete Records Collection Book

Gainax is due to release two A4 sized books containing a total of 650 pages this summer entitled, "Evangelion You Can (Not) Advance Complete Records Collection" which will feature the following... There will be a case for the two books. First press copies will get two additional art board booklets, a film strip and early preorders...


Monster Hunter 5th Anniversary CG Artworks Book

Now this is the format Makoto Shinkai's "Sora no Kioku" artbook should be in but I guess he had no say in its layout. In commemoration of Capcom's Monster Hunter series' 5th anniversary, a 310 page "Monster Hunter CG Artworks" book containing over 1700 pieces of CG from every title in the series so far, went on sale yesterday. This...


Early Persona 4 Designs

Don't really link to places for downloading scans or rips but, must thank Dokuganryu for updating his site with the official Persona 4 Design Works artbook. Here's a select few pages that caught my interest - a quick translation of Soejima's commentary followed by my own thoughts. Don't read on if you don't like spoilers! Soejima...


A Look Inside Makoto Shinkai's First Artbook

Finally got a hold of Makoto Shinkai's first artbook, "Sora no Kioku" and it wasn't easy considering how well the first batch has been selling. Don't get this confused with the "Complete Book" that was released for "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" because that was more of a fanbook that contained everything related to that movie...