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Artbooks! :DArtbooks! :D

NaelythNaelyth4 years agoLoot
Edit: I've received an alert that informed me that I can only upload 5 photos per artbook (including covers). As a result, I'll be deleting a majority of the pictures in order to follow this rule. I'm sorry for the inconvenience!

I've received 11 artbooks in the mail in the past few days, making my poor dad run to the door countless times. xD I felt like splurging since I hadn't bought any artbooks in a very, very long time (about a year). I'm happy with my purchases and noticed many of them don't have many pictures in their respective galleries, so I thought I'd take some pictures to share! Plus, I like sharing gooorgeous art with the world MFC community, yaaay!

I took a few sample pictures from each artbook. :) This isn't really meant as a review but if you're very interested in any of them I could be convinced to do a full-on review. Thanks!

Warnings: SPOILERS for Dramatical Murder and the Monogatari series. IMAGE-HEAVY. There is some male slash but I didn't include anything overly risque, so things are sfw. :) If you are uncomfortable, however, I'd recommend not looking. Also I took the pictures with my phone so a few are a little blurry (I only have two hands!!). Sorry about that!

Right-click and view image to see it in its original size!

The artbooks:
Pixiv x Madoka ITEM #201509
Obata Takeshi's Blanc et Noir ITEM #43563
Hikaru no Go ITEM #43788
Dramatical Murder ITEM #131316
Dramatical Murder re:connect ITEM #203691
Type-Moon Festival 10th Anniversary pamphlet ITEM #120381
Monogatari Heroine Series ITEM #178060 ITEM #184524 ITEM #190737 ITEM #192367 ITEM #204757

All artbooks
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Pixiv x Madoka ITEM #201509
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Came with a high quality plastic bag; softcover
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Artbook is in slipcase
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Type-Moon Festival 10th Anniversary pamphlet ITEM #120381
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Softcover but high quality thick pages and nice prints
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Rider/Waver <3
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Hanekawa Tsubasa ITEM #178060
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All five of these are relatively small and thin (like a magazine) but are of high quality paper and look great!

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Hachikuji Mayoi ITEM #184524
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Shinobu Oshino ITEM #190737
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Looks great with gold emboss (I'm not sure if that's the right word). Is an interesting, matte sort of texture but may attract fingerprints

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Cosplaying Shinobu!
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Sengoku Nadeko ITEM #192367
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Cover is shiny with little hearts and stuff. Pretty cute!
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Looks like a sample of one of (monogatari season 2 spoiler)View spoilerHide spoiler Nadeko's manga

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Hitagi Senjougahara ITEM #204757
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Pretty, the snowflakes on the cover only show up when you look at them a certain way
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Dramatical Murder Visual Fan Book ITEM #131316
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unff (softcover)

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Dramatical Murder re:connect Visual Fan Book ITEM #203691
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Softcover, uunf

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Hikaru no Go ITEM #43788
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Hardcover, HUGE

Clearfile didn't come bundled with the artbook, but I found it from the same Mandarake branch for only 200 yen and I wanted to share :D :D
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Obata Takeshi's Blanc et Noir ITEM #43563
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Hardcover, comes with three large prints, huuuge. Picture of Raito isn't actually the cover, it's a print that slides between the coverslip and the book itself. Looks really nice in person!

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Phew!! That took hours! I even bought a one month subscription to speed up the process so that I could upload 10 images at once but most of the time it didn't work, so that made me sad (and wasted a lot of my time, argh). I have a newfound respect for those who do reviews--seriously, thank you for all the work you put into reviews!

By this point you probably realize I really love Obata Takeshi's artwork especially since he favors copics so much (one of my favorite mediums)! I had more to say but completely forgot because of how frustrating this experience was, so if you have any questions or anything feel free to comment. :D This whole buying experience was also the first time I used DHL and Fedex Express International, so if you have any questions about those feel free to ask me too. xD

Thank you for taking a look at the pretty, pretty art! ^^
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Raze (4 years ago) #2085688I hold out for merch of the Fate guys which is a lot easier on the wallet than, oh say, being a devout Saber fan. I can't imagine keeping up if all the guys had as many things released as Saber does. I recently got dream Archer and Lancer posters. I've gotta wait to get them, but I know I'll love them more in person! Hmm, I've gotta see if MFC has them listed. Maybe I can show you, ha!
How do you buy items? By character? Merchandise type? There's just so much stuff to get.
I met him a few years ago. I had been to cons for a good number of years but never met a Japanese VA until then. I've been a fan of his since around 2000 so I couldn't have asked for a better first meeting! The lineups for his autograph was crazy long! I called him "Kirei-sama" and that was fun. :)
I always use USPS for US shipments, or SAL if from Japan. The waits can be slow, but boy do I save a ton in the long run! Haha, I happen to have a stack of Death Note postcards from the Japanese DVDs for sale.
If you already considered getting the Kuroshitsuji book you probably would like it if you get it. :) I also like Togainu no Chi's art but haven't looked up Nitro+ books in a while.


I'm actually the same~ Saber is pretty cool but for some reason I feel zero incentive to buy merchandise of her (except for that Banpresto pillow of her in her different forms). Ahh you should post pictures if you can't find them on MFC, I want to see them! Myself, I collect WaverRider stuff~ And Ryuunosuke stuff. I love almost all of the guys but I try to not buy everything. ;A; I recently splurged and bought all of the currently released Fate/Zero manga volumes. I can't read it, but there's so much pretty art in there! And there's a lot more focus on Ryuunosuke and Caster, which I love. c:

I usually buy stuff based on characters--I'd be broke otherwise! I don't drink anything other than water, so I don't buy mugs which is great since they're heavy and costly to ship. I do buy shotglasses though to use as custom risers, it's super cute. :) Other than that I only buy stuff if it's a character I really like... if I bought everything SnK or Free or Fate related I'd be so broke by now tehehe.

Aww what a cute story! :D That sounds great! Did he know a lot of English? O:

I tryyy to keep to SAL and the cheaper shipping methods, but lately I've been splurging on EMS. ;; I just get so impatient! And it worries me that if it stays in the mail system too long it'll get damaged, even though I've never actually received damage merchandise... hahah.

About your Death Note postcards, are you hoping to sell them all together?

I think I'll get the Kuroshitsuji book next time I go on an artbook binge then (probably next month). :D Thanks for the recommendation!
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I hold out for merch of the Fate guys which is a lot easier on the wallet than, oh say, being a devout Saber fan. I can't imagine keeping up if all the guys had as many things released as Saber does. I recently got dream Archer and Lancer posters. I've gotta wait to get them, but I know I'll love them more in person! Hmm, I've gotta see if MFC has them listed. Maybe I can show you, ha!

How do you buy items? By character? Merchandise type? There's just so much stuff to get.

I met him a few years ago. I had been to cons for a good number of years but never met a Japanese VA until then. I've been a fan of his since around 2000 so I couldn't have asked for a better first meeting! The lineups for his autograph was crazy long! I called him "Kirei-sama" and that was fun. :)

I always use USPS for US shipments, or SAL if from Japan. The waits can be slow, but boy do I save a ton in the long run! Haha, I happen to have a stack of Death Note postcards from the Japanese DVDs for sale.

If you already considered getting the Kuroshitsuji book you probably would like it if you get it. :) I also like Togainu no Chi's art but haven't looked up Nitro+ books in a while.
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maraiatori (4 years ago) #2085334Awesome collection! The Pixiv x Madoka artbook looks like it has a lot of nice works.
Gotta love artists on pixiv with their insane skill haha


Thanks! :D But yeah, Pixiv artists ahhh such admiration! The pixiv almanacs are also quite nice if you're interested! ^^
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Awesome collection! The Pixiv x Madoka artbook looks like it has a lot of nice works.
Gotta love artists on pixiv with their insane art skills haha
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Raze (4 years ago) #2084596I don't have anything of Madoka except for the Pixiv book and a postcard. The series is great, but I don't really want to get much merch from it. Fate, on the other hand, oh boy...
I had bought the Type Moon book right after meeting Jouji Nakata so when I saw his portrait in the book I had flailing arms since he was the first Japanese VA I met. I got my Kirei moment with him and that was awesome. :)
The Takeshi Obata art book was my first book order at HLJ. That was one of the few times shipping had been cheap for something so heavy. Did your copy of the book include the postcard?
Looking at your list, the books are a pretty funny selection. Lots of serious and dark art and then Madoka's bubbly colors. My bookshelf is like that. Did you have a list of books you wanted to get since you got so many at once?
Not having bought commercial anime art books for so long, I remembered I just bought one, haha. I waited years for this and I love it. ITEM #189250


Ah, I'm the same as you!! BUY ALL THE FATE STUFF but could pass on most of the Madoka stuff... that's okay, that leaves more for the other fans. :D

Gasp!! That sounds amazing! Where did you meet him? I've never actually met a voice actor before despite going to lots of cons, it must be neat!

Ah did you use Fedex International? They seem to be really cheap when it comes to shipping books, it's nice! And yes, mine did come with a postcard (I forgot to post a picture of it, oops). I keep getting postcards bundled with things and they're so nice. I'm wondering if I should start collecting them too... xD

Haha, when I was typing up this post I was thinking of how funny the selection was too. It's hardly even related. xD I did have a list of things I've wanted for a long time, and then I decided that this week was as good as any to get them all, so I did. :D It was super satisfying! But yeah my bookshelf is definitely an explosion of colors... I try to keep it somewhat organized but it's difficult!

I was actually considering getting that Kuroshitsuji artbook but decided to go with the Type-Moon FES one instead. O: We seem to have similar tastes, so if you liked it I should probably look into it!
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Seasonreaper (4 years ago) #2084123Oh nice Pixiv Illust. book you've got there, kinda want that myself...
>pages for everyone except Kyouko
Nope, don't want it any more.


xD I'm so sorry, I promise I didn't leave her out on purpose! It's cheap on the USA Animate shop right now if you're even slightly considering it, I think she has an equal amount of pages as the other girls. ;D
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sougen24 (4 years ago) #2083873great loot you have there x) and those obata takeshi's artbook give me a nostalgic atmosphere :3..thanks for sharing, I'm gonna get them someday.

Thank you for looking! ^^ But yeah haha, even though I've read a few more of Obata Takaeshi's stuff since Death Note, looking at his artwork always reminds me of Death Note first. xD It was like a blast from the past! The book is huge and great quality for the price (~3500 yen on Mandarake), I think you'll enjoy it once you get it. :D
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Keripo (4 years ago) #2083820Could be. Could also be an issue with the photo's EXIF data - I notice that when I used to upload my raw photos straight from my camera for example, MFC would screw up the rotations, but if I edit and save them with Photoshop, the photos get uploaded correctly.
Worth posting in the feedback/bug reports club/thread anyway.
~Keripo


Ahh that's strange! If I do another post like this I'll fix them with Photoshop first before uploading them to see if that fixes the problem. I'll post in the thread soon, thank you for all of your help. :)
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Naelyth (4 years ago) #2083621Thank you for reading and for leaving such a nice response! :D
I don't buy all that much Madoka merchandise, and I don't own any books/media from the series. Despite being a doujinshi artbook I'm pleased with it being my first! All of the art is so pretty and I was worried about the same thing, so I'm glad it didn't turn out that way. :D

Haha I was weirded out when I finally had the Type-Moon FES book in my hands, because of its weird size! I'm glad at least the Madoka book is similar, but I don't know how I'll manage to fit it nicely on a shelf. Everything I bought is pretty much a different size from each other, and it annoys me so much. >:( It's going to make my bookshelf look messy, but on the other hand I'm just so pleased with them in general that I can't stay mad for long. xD
I was honestly surprised by how big the Takeshi Obata book was! The Hikaru no Go book is also the same size and about the same thickness, so at least there was some uniformity there. I ordered them both from Mandarake Fukuoka along with the clear file and DHL shipping was only 2400 yen, I was so pleased. :D It's pretty heavy, and SAL/EMS were both 4500 yen and up, so I saved a lot (and it was fast, too)! LOL I totally did the exact same thing you did. He's so yummy~


I don't have anything of Madoka except for the Pixiv book and a postcard. The series is great, but I don't really want to get much merch from it. Fate, on the other hand, oh boy...

I had bought the Type Moon book right after meeting Jouji Nakata so when I saw his portrait in the book I had flailing arms since he was the first Japanese VA I met. I got my Kirei moment with him and that was awesome. :)

The Takeshi Obata art book was my first book order at HLJ. That was one of the few times shipping had been cheap for something so heavy. Did your copy of the book include the postcard?

Looking at your list, the books are a pretty funny selection. Lots of serious and dark art and then Madoka's bubbly colors. My bookshelf is like that. Did you have a list of books you wanted to get since you got so many at once?

Not having bought commercial anime art books for so long, I remembered I just bought one, haha. I waited years for this and I love it. ITEM #189250
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Oh nice Pixiv Illust. book you've got there, kinda want that myself...

>pages for everyone except Kyouko

Nope, don't want it any more.
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