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Hanamura Mai - Collar x Malice - Art Book - Official Visual Fan Book (Kadokawa)Hanamura Mai - Collar x Malice - Art Book - Official Visual Fan Book (Kadokawa)

Hanamura Mai - Collar x Malice - Art Book - Official Visual Fan Book (Kadokawa)
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11/30/2016 As Standard
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160 pages, A4
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Some time ago I got the Official Visual Fanbook (ITEM #500554) because the Official Artbook (ITEM #539346) was out of print (or at least not in stock anywhere). Now that it's back, I ordered that one too. In case anyone's interested how the two compare, here's an overview of general differences and exclusive content! It's written under the assumption that you're buying them for their art, not for the Japanese text, as I can't evaluate that.

General Notes

  • The paper quality of both books is good, though the artbook's is sturdier.
  • Almost all art (with the exception of a few chibis) is printed bigger in the artbook. Illustrations have a small frame (black borders) in the fanbook, whereas they take up the full width in the artbook.
  • The cover and undercover illustrations are exclusive to both. (All four are worth seeing!)
  • CGs are depicted with varying sizes in both, though which CG of the same scene (in the case of variations) is enlarged (i.e. highlighted) differs between the two books.
  • The fanbook has a lot more textual content, whereas the artbook has very little.


Artbook

  • The CG galleries are complete with regard to the variations within a scene.
  • The character section is much more detailed compared to the fanbook's. It shows all sprite variations and all the different facial expressions, as well as 1 chibi for each character (including the side characters). It also includes in-game logos and items relevant to specific characters, and the sketch detailing how to replicate Ichika's hairstyle.
  • exclusive illustrations: 2017 calendar cover (the one with the roses); merry christmas illustration
  • exclusive bonus art: a set of pink heart chibis; 3 pages of crossover chibis with other otoges (including an image of Yanagi and Amnesia's Shin); happy birthday Shiraishi; kotatsu chibis
  • exclusive bonus content: 6 pages of concept art for the sprites; 1 page of slightly altered CGs that didn't make it into the game (mostly with differences in backgrounds and special effects); 2 pages of CG and illustration sketches (less detailed than the fanbook); 2 small Yanagi images (illustration/sketch)


Visual Fanbook

  • The CG galleries are incomplete with regard to the variations within a scene.
  • The character section, while less detailed than the artbook's as far as sprites and faces are concerned, has commentary and what's either characters' comments on each other or relationship descriptions (I can't tell).
  • exclusive bonus art: a set of kitty chibis; on sale banner; mini-previews of wallpapers on official site
  • exclusive bonus content: background CGs; item overview and descriptions; relationship chart and notes (2 pages); 4 pages of CG and illustration sketches (more detailed than artbook)


I hope that helps someone decide which one to get if they can only get one of the two. I know I'm always curious about these differences, but you usually can't find detailed comparisons on the internet. :< (Looking at you, too, Code: Realize.) In my opinion, the artbook renders the fanbook obsolete if you aren't interested in the text (/can't read Japanese), though there are a few images that I prefer looking at in the fanbook, for example when the page break in the artbook interferes with the viewing experience.
4 months ago
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HappyLaw (1 year ago) #16789155no, thank you! it's just for kind people like you that I take my time to post blogs with pics of artbooks. collecting artbooks myself, I know how difficult is to decide if buy or not a book, not knowing what's inside and maybe be disappointed on an unconsciously-on trust purchase when it arrives ;)
I tried otome games...but they're not really for me. I prefer using my time watching anime (there are so many on my waiting list ^_^ ) thanks however for your suggestion.


Aww that is so sweet of you <3 I was honestly torn with the book because I wasn't sure if it would include more than the game's CG's and character designs, so your pictures helped me greatly, thanks a lot! I'm also sooo grateful that these illustrators are being supported by fans that not necessarily like otome games but appreciate the art in it, so you have my sincere gratitude ^^

You're welcome! Anime is also nice! I too have an really long list to watch xD I wish you a happy viewing!
1 year ago
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shike_reno (1 year ago) #16765200Thank you so much for all the nice pictures! They convinced me to get it in the end lol xD Hanamura's illustrations are gorgeous <3
If you like otomes I really recommend you to play it, it's a great game, plus it'll get a localization next year ^^

no, thank you! it's just for kind people like you that I take my time to post blogs with pics of artbooks. collecting artbooks myself, I know how difficult is to decide if buy or not a book, not knowing what's inside and maybe be disappointed on an unconsciously-on trust purchase when it arrives ;)

I tried otome games...but they're not really for me. I prefer using my time watching anime (there are so many on my waiting list ^_^ ) thanks however for your suggestion.
1 year ago
1pt
HappyLaw (1 year ago) #16726308Hanamura Mai never disappoints! I've just bought the book for her illustrations. I don't know a thing about the game...but the illustration gallery of 36 pages is worth the purchase! the CGs are awesome too and there are 3 pages of sketches and concept art.
uploading some pics ^_^
more pics (almost all the illustration gallery) on my tumblr:
part 1:happylaw.tumblr...
part 2:happylaw.tumblr...


Thank you so much for all the nice pictures! They convinced me to get it in the end lol xD Hanamura's illustrations are gorgeous <3
If you like otomes I really recommend you to play it, it's a great game, plus it'll get a localization next year ^^
1 year ago
1pt
Hanamura Mai never disappoints! I've just bought the book for her illustrations. I don't know a thing about the game...but the illustration gallery of 36 pages is worth the purchase! the CGs are awesome too and there are 3 pages of sketches and concept art.
uploading some pics ^_^
more pics (almost all the illustration gallery) on my tumblr:
part 1:happylaw.tumblr...
part 2:happylaw.tumblr...
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