Sakura Taisen 2 Picture & Setting Collection

Original Title
サクラ大戦2 君、死にたもうことなかれ
原画&設定資料集
Released
Oct 1998
Size
8 x 12 inches
 
Created to shed some light on the design work that went into Sakura Taisen 2, this 152 page book is roughly split 50/50 between colour pages filled with illustrations and interviews with a wide range of staff members.
 
The colour section starts off with a thorough look over each individual member of the Hana Gumi, showing both final coloured works as well as design roughs and notes. Later sections go on to cover support/side characters with less detail but still including otherwise unseen rough sketches and notes.
 
This then gives way to the animation/CG section, which goes over a few important scenes in the game and compares stills of the final sequences with their storyboard equivalent, again with notes. The CG section focuses on the battle sections, showing close ups of enemies and allies, as well as notes and again more design sketches.
 
The last half is devoted to interviews – the VA portions are actually quite short, with more space given over to the producer, programmer, designer, composer, etc.
 
Finally there are instructions on how to turn the two large pull out sheets of printed colour card at the very end into a 3D replica of Grand Imperial Theatre that serves as the central location in the game.
 
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Final Fantasy XI Story Ultimania Ver. 090409

Original Title
ファイナル
ファンタジーXI ストーリー
アルティマニア
Ver.090409
Released
11th Jun 2009
Size
6 x 8 inches
 
Final Fantasy XI has had many books released over the course of its lifetime, but this one remains unique as it is the only one that attempts to cover the vast and various storylines the game has accumulated over the years. Even though it weighs in at a hefty 495 pages due to the volume of content in the source material quests have had to be summarised rather than transcribed.
 
Quests covered include all the nation missions, all the boxed expansions, job quests and other misc. quests and events (up to release of the book of course). These "info dump" segments are frequently broken up by artwork, interviews with scenario staff, character relationship charts and maps of relevant areas.
 
The book also contains and overview of the peoples and places of Vana'diel as well as a map of the continent and a brief timeline of major events. The final chapter takes a look back over the CDs and other merchandise released, the full release timeline going right back to the initial private announcement back in 2000, and the sheet music and lyrics for Distant Worlds.
 
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Gu Jian Qi Tan Official Art Collection

Original Title
古剑奇谭官方美术设定集
Released
15th Sept 2010
Size
7.5 x 10 inches
 
A full colour 356 page artbook and material CD for the Chinese PC RPG Gu Jian Qi Tan held together in a plastic slipcase.
 
The artwork covers all the main characters in the game, with finished art as well as rough sketches and alternative costume designs (some of which became DLC). Other sections also go over inventory items, locations and storyboard layouts.
 
The CD includes wallpapers as well as copies of the in game FMV sequences.
 
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