After last week’s attendance to SMASH, I headed off to Kinokuniya since it has been well over 5 weeks since I last went there, so surely there was something for me to buy there. I didn’t buy anything at SMASH since nothing tickled my fancy, but I had the urge to throw my money at something. Skipping the manga section, I usually head to the artbook section first just to see what there is, and I was pleased to see Noizi Ito’s 2nd artbook collection, KA·E·N.
The book is split up into 4 different sections, with the first section covering “Shana” artworks for an awesome 43 pages. Some of the images are new to me whilst there are a few that come from DVD covers, the anime’s ending sequence, and promo stuff.
Section 2 of the art book, named “Different Sect”, is just as the name says. It covers character drawings of various characters from different games and other places like Utawarerumono, To Heart 2, Shuffle, Tsukiyomi Moonphase, Genshiken etc. This goes for about 37 pages.
The 3rd section is original art work by Noizi Ito, named “Creation”, covering most of her original character designs, but with some other character designs based on some known characters. This covers about 14 pages. The last section is named “Secrets”, but this is mainly interview material that I’ll never get to read and understand. Definitely a worthwhile buy for the Shana fan, or a fan of Noizi Ito’s art work. When I walked into Kinokuniya, seemed like I got the last copy as I couldn’t see any others. A nice collection indeed and I can’t wait for the second season of Shakugan no Shana.
Note: Excuse the grainy/blurry photos. I’m doing this at midnight, when I should be asleep.