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Final Fantasy VII Remake Postcard Book

A set of 24 beautiful glossy postcards featuring key visuals from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Remake. All the key characters are featured; Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Barett, Sephiroth and more. The detachable post cards come housed in a hard cover binding. This would make a nice little gift for any fan of Final Fantasy VII. Get one for a friend, or yourself ! :] “Final Fantasy VII Remake Postcard Book ファイナルファンタジーVII リメイク ポストカードブック” details : Dimensions – 19 x 12.4 x 1.4 cm 24 p...
Tags: Amazon, Games, Book Reviews, Anime, Cg, Postcard, Video Game, Square Enix, Final Fantasy Vii, Final Fantasy, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Final Fantasy Vii Remake, Amazon De, Final Fantasy 7, Cloud Strife


Toshiyuki Fukuda Portfolio 2 Art Book Review

A graphic design graduate from the Osaka University of Art, Toshiyuki Fukuda (福田利之) is a prolific illustrator whose art work has graced countless magazines, children’s books, T-shirts, music album covers and many more. This 2nd collection of his art work ( see the first collection here ) showcases more than 200 pages of his delightful illustrations. (image above) The art book comes housed in a lovely slip case. (above right) This particular piece feels like a tribute to one of my fav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Gustav Klimt, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Amazon De, Stanley Artgerm Lau, Amazon CA, Toshiyuki Fukuda, Toshiyuki Fukuda Portfolio 2 Art Book Review, 福田利之作品集2


Tokyo Genso Art Book Review (2020 Edition)

First published in 2015, the Tokyo Genso (東京幻想) art book imagines a post-apocalyptic Japan through a series of fascinating illustrations depicting a barren and desolate Tokyo landscape gradually reclaimed by nature. The images will certainly resonate strongly with any Tokyoite ( or anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time in Tokyo ) because the sights portrayed are landmarks that have come to define the sprawling metropolis. This new 2020 edition comes with many new pieces of art wo...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, South, Shibuya, Roppongi, Post-Apocalyptic, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Takadanobaba, Hiroaki Samura


Ghibli Museum Photography Book Review

Adored by animation fans all over the world, Ghibli Studio’s anime films have captured the imagination of both children and adults alike with its captivating stories and endearing characters. The Ghibli Museum, located in Mitaka, Tokyo is a wonderful extension of these films. The brainchild of director Miyazaki Hayao, the museum’s slogan is “Let’s get lost together” ( 迷子になろうよ、いっしょに ), derived from the man’s vision for visitors to immerse themselves in his imagination and film work. This hard ...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Japan, Book Reviews, Animation, Tokyo, Anime, Totoro, Amazon UK, Mitaka, Toshio Suzuki, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Ponyo, Yoshida Noboru


Megasia – Story Of Another Universe Art Book Review

Megasia – Story Of Another Universe is an art book by Japanese illustrator Monokubo (もの久保). Through her boundless imagination she dreams up fantastic worlds where the mundane meets the magical, with giant animals inhabiting our realm. The massive size of these otherwise familiar creatures create an anachronistic sight that is both bizarre and charming. (above & below) A recurring visual element of Monokubo’s illustrations seem to be influenced by Shintoism; with the giant white f...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Torii, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Fantasy Art, Giant Animals, Megasia, Monokubo, Shintoism, Kyoto Monokubo, Mononoke Her


PLUS – SLAMDUNK Illustrations 2 Art Book Review

PLUS+ Slam Dunk illustrations 2 is the much awaited follow up volume to the first Takehiko Inoue Illustrations art book released 23 years ago. This 96 page hardcover art book includes the brand new cover illustrations that Inoue-san drew for the new edition of his Slam Dunk manga released last year, as well as brand new art work created specifically for this book. This is a pretty big and heavy volume, in part due to the thick, high quality paper stock used for the prints, which look vibrantl...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Gaudi, Manga, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Takehiko Inoue, Inoue, Shibuya Tōkyō, Hiroyuki Asada, Inoue Takehiko


MFKZ Background Art Book Review

MFKZ (Mutafukaz/ムタフカズ) is a 2017 adult animated science fiction film based on the comic series and the short film of the same name. The film was a French-Japanese co-production between Ankama Animations and Studio 4°C and is directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume “Run” Renard. I have to admit I showed little interest when I first heard of the film because the character designs just didn’t appeal to me, but I finally made the effort to watch the film recently and it was actually better than...
Tags: Amazon, Film, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Kimura, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Background Art, Tekkon Kinkreet, Mutafukaz, Kimura Shinji, MFKZ, Guillaume RUN Renard


Grotesque World – Junji Ito Art Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Grotesque World is a collection of colored + B&W artwork by world renowned horror manga artist Junji Ito. Illustrations in this 150 paged softcover includes artwork from his comics like Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie and more. (above right) A tribute art work featuring the renowned horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft ( Cthulhu Mythos ), of whom Junji Ito cites as a big influence on his work. I have to admit I’m not familia...
Tags: Amazon, Horror, Book Reviews, Illustration, Guillermo Del Toro, Anime, Amazon UK, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, H.P. Lovecraft, Junji Ito, Artbook, Ito Junji, Artbook Review, Junji Okubo, Uzumaki


Panzertales World Tank Museum Illustrated Art Book Review

World Tank Museum is series of 1/144 scale miniature tank toys sold by Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy. The company commissioned illustrator Morinaga Yo to create these beautiful art work from the toys, and this book Panzertales – World Tank Museum Illustrated is a collection of some 50+ tanks from the toy series. I have no particular interest in tanks or warfare but I do love Morinaga Yo’s art work, the style and presentation somewhat similar to Miyazaki Hayao’s Daydream Notes. Morinaga also h...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Book Review, Illustration, Anime, Takara Tomy, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Tamiya, Morinaga, Miyazaki Hayao, Morinaga Yo, Tokyo Skytree, Panzertales


The Food Of Ghibli Films Picture Book Review

Have you ever watched any of Studio Ghibli’s animated films and salivated at the amazing sight of those mouth-watering food ? Well then this book is for you ! (スタジオジブリの食べものがいっぱい) – “The (Bountiful) food of Ghibli Films” showcases the many delicious food featured in many of the studio’s films, from the ramen in Ponyo, the riceball in Spirted Away to the bentos in My Neighbour Totoro. I was a little surprised that the food in my favorite Ghibli film Princess Mononoke isn’t fe...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Book Reviews, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Mononoke, Ashitaka, Picture Book, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Ponyo, Ghibli food, Food Of Ghibli Films Picture Book Review, Spirted Away


Sisterhood – Little Thunder Art Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Sisterhood is a delightful collection of illustrations by the popular Hong Kong based cartoonist Little Thunder, with over 50 thousand followers on Instagram at the time of writing. The artist has garnered a huge following in Japan as well ( her work is also featured in Illustration 2020 ), and this is her first art book published in Japanese, with over 100 pieces of art work spread across 200 pages. I myself find it hard to define...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Comics, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Manga, Amazon UK, Sisterhood, Akira, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Little Thunder


Akira Art Of Wall Art Book Review

From May 2017 to August 2019, 4 different sets of giant murals featuring the art work from Otomo Katsuhiro’s groundbreaking manga Akira were displayed outside the construction walls of Parco Shibuya as it underwent renovation. 2019 is a year of special significance as it is the year where the events of Akira takes place. I visited the location a couple of times since 2017 and the photographs I took can be seen here, here and here. To commemorate the completion of the newly renovated Parco Shi...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, Manga, Amazon UK, Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Otomo Katsuhiro, Art Book, Shibuya Parco Tokyo


Ikegami Ryoichi Art Works Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. An art book that is long overdue, Ikegami Ryoichi Art Works is a superb collection of illustrations from the famed manga artist of Crying Freeman, Sanctuary and Mai The Psychic Girl. Running at a sumptuous 288 pages, the art book is split into 2 separate volumes, with one book dedicated to male characters, and the other female. While a good portion of both volumes feature illustrations from Crying Freeman, likely the artist’s most...
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Akira Art Of Wall Art Book Preview

From May 2017 to August 2019, 4 different sets of giant murals featuring the art work from Otomo Katsuhiro’s groundbreaking manga Akira were displayed outside the construction walls of Parco Shibuya as it underwent renovation. 2019 is a year of special significance as it is the year where the events of Akira takes place. I visited the location a couple of times since 2017 and the photographs I took can be seen here, here and here. To commemorate the completion of the newly renovated Parco S...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, Manga, Shibuya, Amazon UK, Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Otomo Katsuhiro, Art Book


Ghibli Museum Catalogue Book Review

The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館) is a museum showcasing the work of the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. It is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Japan. This book is the official catalogue for the museum and is only available for purchase within the museum ( but some select copies are available on Amazon Japan; see more details below ). The contents include pictures of the various permanent exhibits found in the museum, interviews with the museum creators like Miyazaki Hayao, a list ...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Tokyo, Anime, Mei, Amazon UK, Inokashira Park, Amazon Japan, Mitaka, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Miyazaki Hayao


Tokyo At Night – The Artworks of Mateusz Urbanowicz II Book Review

Tokyo At Night is the 2nd art book by Tokyo based Polish illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz. A seasoned artist who has worked on anime films like Space Dandy as well as Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, Mateusz has been working as a freelance artist to focus on his own original works since 2017. His first art book Tokyo Storefronts (2018) showcased the many quaint and charming storefronts found throughout Tokyo, rendered in his beautiful watercolor paintings. In this new art book, he explores the moody...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Japan, Book Reviews, Painting, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Mateusz, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Makoto Shinkai, Mateusz Urbanowicz


The Art Of The Transformers Toys Book Review

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Transformers media franchise, Takara Tomi/Parco publishing has released The Art Of The Transformers book, a collection of toy/merchandising illustrations from the golden age of Transformers ( 1985-1995 ). Included are the many classic designs of the most recognizable Transformers including Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Grimlock and the Dinobots, Devastator and many more. (image above) Needless to stay the Dinobots were one of my ...
Tags: Amazon, Toys, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Robots, Hasbro, Anime, Transformers, Optimus, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Kozaki Yusuke, The Art Of The Transformers Toys


Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind Deluxe Edition Vol 1 Manga Review

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind ( Kaze No Tani No Naushika ) is a manga written and illustrated by renowned anime director Miyazaki Hayao. The manga was first published in chapters by Tokuma Shoten in their monthly magazine Animage from 1982 to 1994, and when completed was collected into 7 Tankobon volumes as it appears in this boxset. This special deluxe edition ( made up of 2 volumes ) was published in 1996, and comes in a bigger print size ( though still not 1:1 size of Miyazaki’s original ...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Deluxe Edition, Illustration, Anime, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Manga, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Manga/comics, Manga Review, Tokuma Shoten


100 Views – Yamamoto Nizo Background Art Book Review

Yamamoto Nizo is a veteran background artist who have worked on such esteemed films as Madhouse’s A Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Ghibli’s Mononoke Hime, Laputa – Castle In The Sky, Grave Of The Fireflies, and more. This art book, titled 100 Views ( Hyakkei – a reference to the 100 famous views of Japan ) collects 100 background art pieces that the artist has painted over his 40 years of work. There is also a small collection of concept art and color keys the artist created for films like Grav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Spirited Away, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Background Art, Princess Mononoke, Kazuo Oga, Mononoke Hime


Japanese Bathhouses Illustrated Guide – Enya Honami Book Review

Sento Zukai (銭湯図解) is a delightfully illustrated book showcasing public Japanese bathhouses located in Tokyo, drawn by artist Enya Honami. Communal bathhouses have been on the decline in Japan as most residences now come with their own baths, but some still enjoy the spacious public baths and use it for relaxation. A total of 24 bathhouses are featured in this book, and each cross-sectional drawing is meticulously illustrated and annotated with interesting background information about the uni...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Enya Honami, Japanese bathhouses, Sento, Sento Zukai, Enya Honami Book Review, Enya Honami Communal


Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World Art Book Review

Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World (情緒的な風景を描) is the 3rd art book from a series published by PIE Books dedicated to illustrations of beautiful scenery and landscapes. I reviewed the 1st from series as well – Everyday Scenes From A Parallel World. The curated illustrations found in the book are of exceptional quality, with many created by artists that I love, including Ilya Kuvshinov ( image above ), Yoko Tanji, Hirotaka Tanaka and more. (below) Artwork by Hirotaka Tana...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Hirotaka Tanaka, Ilya Kuvshinov, PIE books, Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World, Yoko Tanji Hirotaka Tanaka, Yoko Tanji She, Yoko Tanji Yoko Tanji


Intron Depot 8 Bomb Bay Art Book Review

Bomb Bay is the eighth in the series of Intron Depot illustration art books by famed manga artist Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost In The Shell. None of the art books in the series can best the first and original Intron Depot, in part due to Shirow’s unfortunate descent into garish digital and CG techniques. This particular volume collects misc art work created between 1992 and 2009, and most of it is fluff except for the fantastic “old school Shirow” illustrations from his manga ( and subse...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Shell, Manga, Amazon UK, Dominion, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Masamune Shirow, Shirow, Intron Depot, Shirow Masamune


Wagashi – The Art Of Japanese Confectionary Book Review

I absolutely adore Wagashi ( Japanese traditional desserts/confectionary ), so what better book can there be than one showcasing the very best of these exquisite treats, and all marvelously photographed ? This book introduces the beauty of Wagashi, categorizing each type by month and by season, offering insights into the seasonal aspect of each creation. Readers will learn how each confection’s concept and deep meaning are closely tied to the ephemeral tastes and sights that characterize the...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Book Reviews, Anime, Wagashi, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Seiichi Hayashi, Japanese dessert, The Art of Japanese Confectionary


The Art Of Kazuchika Kise Book Review

Kazuchika Kise is a veteran animator/director that has worked on some of the most highly acclaimed anime films out there, with titles like Patlabor 2 : The Movie, Ghost In The Shell, Evangelion, Blood The Last Vampire and many more. This art book features a huge collection of anime art work from the titles mentioned above, including genga ( keyframe drawings ) to character designs and colored illustrations for the numerous films he worked on. All the material showcased are fantastic, but the ...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Shell, Amazon UK, Ghost in the Shell, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Patlabor, Saya, Katsuya Terada, Character Design, Kazuchika Kise


Jin-roh – The Wolf Brigade Storyboard Art Book Review

Japanese publisher Fukkan has released this beautiful storyboard book for Hiroyuki Okiura’s highly acclaimed anime film Jin-roh The Wolf Brigade ( released back in 1999 ). This is the first time the storyboards have been released as a proper publication; previously a small version was also bundled with the Jin-roh limited edition dvd. Included in the book are a couple of sketches and colored illustrations that were used in the various video releases, as well as a lengthy interview with direct...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Miyazaki, Amazon UK, Jin, Satoshi Kon, Hiroyuki Okiura, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Jin-roh, Storyboards


The Crying Freeman Special Edition Manga

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. This is a special edition release of Ryoichi Ikegami’s much acclaimed manga Crying Freeman. The format is actually magazine sized and quite a bit bigger than the regular tankobon size, making reading much easier. Quality-wise the manga is printed on cheap pulp paper, with a just 2 select glossy pages featuring full color illustrations ( see images further down ). This should be vol 2 from the manga series; there’s no numbering so i...
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Kikanetsu – Daisuke Richard Art Book Review

Kikanetsu is the first art book by up and coming Japanese illustrator Daisuke Richards, whose impressionable art work has garnered him over 600k followers on Instagram. Possessing an acute color sense, Richards subject matter focuses on Japanese school girls within the confines of their tiny, claustrophobic rooms piled up with clothes, books and personal belongings. This is actually a familiar sight in Tokyo, where apartments are notoriously small and compact – I myself lived in one such roo...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Richards, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Takayama Toshiaki, Daisuke Richard, Kikanetsu, Daisuke Richards


Angel’s Egg – Yoshitaka Amano / Mamoru Oshii Art Book Review

Angel’s Egg is a Japanese animated film released in 1985, a collaborative work between two creative giants in the anime/games industry – Mamoru Oshii ( Ghost In The Shell, Patlabor ) and Yoshitaka Amano ( Final Fantasy ). This picture book is based on the character from the anime, and features illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano, and prose by Mamoru Oshii. The book has been out of print for a long time, and this is a new edition released in 2017 by Fukkan, who also bought us the storyboard books...
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IBLARD – The World Of Inoue Naohisa Art Book Review

If you’re a fan of Ghibli Studio’s animated film Whisper Of The Heart ( 耳をすませば ), you would have come across the art work of fantasy artist/painter Inoue Naoshisa. A graduate of Kanazawa College of Art, and currently a professor at Seian University of Art and Design, Inoue-san is renowned for the art work of his fantasy world IBLARD, with strong influences by Surrealism and Impressionism. This art book explores the artist’s creative influences, his working styles, as well as conversations/dis...
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Shinkai Makoto Exhibition Art Book Review

This beautiful volume is the official catalog for Japanese anime director Makoto Shinkai’s ( Your Name, 5 Centimeters ) art exhibition which at the time of writing is still touring Japan. The book, totaling close to 200 pages is a fantastic collection of art work from Makoto’s films, from his earlier work like Memories Of A Distant Star to his smash hit Your Name. Background art, storyboards, genga ( keyframe drawings ), layout boards, character design sheets are all included. The big print s...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Anime, Cinematography, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Makoto Shinkai, Character Design, Makoto