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]”.
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 (US$29) book and although the EMS postage fees make this book close to £40, I decided to go for it anyway. It turns out to be a great read with a very interesting Q&A section that clarifies some points of the story.
Don’t read on if you haven’t played the game and is still watching the show yet since it contains plenty of visual spoilers! And yes, I know the exposure and white balance is inconsistence in the photos but… They should do for the purpose of this preview ^^;
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 characters from the latest version of P3 and is available at the usual place.
It is summer and the female members of the S.E.E.S. are out in their Yukatas to go to the summer festival at Nagashima Shrine. Full of excitement for the event, there’s enough girls talk to make flowers bloom. On the other hand, the guys aren’t interested at all but when they take Koromaru out for a walk during the night, they come across the girls.
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…
- Full “film story” script and scenes to the third movie “Evangelion: Q” trailer.
- Music cue sheets.
- Narration scripts.
- Design works from the production studio.
- Artworks board.
- Interviews with 14 of the production staff including Anno Hideaki.
- Posters, leaflets and all other materials used for marketing during its screening.
- A commented, outlined edited version of the movie’s script.
There will be a case for the two books. First press copies will get two additional art board booklets, a film strip and early pre-orders will also get a bonus Tote bag. All for 12,600 Yen (US$138) and pre-orders are available on HMV Japan.
This must be the “cheapest” collection of movie guide books ever. So they haven’t cut up the entire movie reel for their DVD/Blu-ray releases yet then. Maybe worth it if you’re a hardcore Eva fan or try your luck at getting a film strip worth close to US$1000?
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 includes staff interviews, box arts and the adverts that’s been used in magazines so far with each piece of CG work having its own A4 sized page. A small preview is available at Akiba Blog (NSFW).
I’m sure some of the trading card art will be in it.