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.
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 wasn’t allowed to design the MC so that his character is likeable by all. To give him that self-centred impression, he had to be given some odd characteristic. If you look in the book, you’ll find a rough child-faced sketch of the MC without it, something he wanted to try out and showed the staff.
Well, I’ll just say it again… The MC definitely has that cocky personality about him.
This art book is now officially available in English as “Sky Longing for Memories” so there might not be a need to import any more!
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 only, not just artwork.
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until the second print is ready if you would like to get your hands on this book yourselves because it appears to be sold out right now. I suggest keeping an eye on HMV JP and Hobby Link Japan for now.
With that said, lets open and have a look inside the book itself in the meantime. Feel free to click on the photos for a closer look.