Being a fan of a particular series can get pretty tough, especially when they release a whole bunch of merchandise for it. However being a BIG fan of a particular series, you don’t care what they release, as long as you get it. Having a browse through Amazon Japan a few weeks ago, I saw this and ordered it straight away. Only arriving sometime last week, it’s finally here – sola Visual Fanbook.
Well actually, I knew about the Visual Fanbook being released since there was a promo flyer that came with sola color IV. The awesome thing about this fanbook, not only is it of sola, but it’s also a collection of Nanao Naru art works of sola. Really, there aren’t that many Nanao Naru artbooks around, there’s onyl one I know of and I don’t even have it!
As any other Visual Fanbook, the first section covers full colour illustrations of both Nanao Naru illustrations as well as anime style illustrations. Most of them you would have already seen through the various promo items, DVD covers, CD covers etc, but there are some new additions. Sometimes I wish I had a second copy so I could debind and scan them to make high resolution images.
Next section covers character profiles, including the various fashion items and sketch drawings. What I like most about this section is that you can see the comparison between Nanao Naru drawing style to the anime drawing style, and they are pretty close.
Other sections include storyboard sketches of the OP, episode summaries, the various merchandise that is available, and an interview with both Mamiko Noto and Nakahara Mai. It really sucks not being able to read the moonlanguage as I would really like to read the interview section. Perhaps in a few years.
Now the other awesome thing about this Visual Fanbook is that it has a reversible cover! Not many visual fanbooks do that sort of thing, so it’s like an added bonus. The print on the front and back of the actual book is the sketch version of the covers themselves. As awesome as it is, I wouldn’t change the covers over, simply because there is the chance of damaging the cover itself since it needs to be bent backwards.
A lovely visual fanbook to add to my ever growing collection of art books. This fanbook also comes with a poster, but I didn’t take a picture since I nearly ripped it when I was trying to open it, so sorry, you’ll have to buy your own copy to find out what it looks like. One thing to note about this visual fanbook, the illustration section doesn’t have that glossyness from printing, so if you buy this, be careful of not to ruin the pages with your grubby fingers. In the end, it’s a very nice visual fanbook and is well worth the purchase for any sola fan.
If you want to purchase a copy, you can order it from Amazon Japan for only ¥2500. Or you’re better off searching your local Kinokuniya store.