Holy shiet! It finally came! My ordered SRX fanbook has arrived! Oh I’m so happy ~~ Here comes my reviewwwww!!!
Word of warning: This post is rather pic heavy. My pictures also came out rather dull and dark even though I was using my sister’s Sony HD camera for this artbook review. I also could not scan the pages in because then it would mean I would risk bending the book into oblivion, which I did not want!
So here is the book front and back 🙂
Simply put, I adore pako’s style (the illustrator). I’m assuming pako is a guy so I’ll be referring as ‘he’ or ‘him’ throughout the post. He’s also drawn for other games, I think, including another otome game called ‘Beyond the Future: Fix the Time Arrows’ although I’m not too keen on his character designs there because they look a little gaudy. What can I say? I like pako’s clean lines, colouring (it’s very soft and pleasing to the eye), and generally the way how he draws guys because they’re nicely proportioned, tall and lean. Lol. That said, I think the design of Akira (main girl protagonist of SRX) could have been drawn with a little more effort.
I’ve noticed a few awkward-looking head angles now and then….and what is up with the CG scenes? He’s obsessed with drawing the back of people’s heads. Unfortunately, that is my only gripe, because a picture of the back of someone’s head during a romantic CG doesn’t accomplish much TT_TT
The artbook has a decent layout, starting first with a gallery, then a section about the Blue world and the Red world, ‘liner notes’ – ie, the character profile section with 6 pages for each Rider (with characer bio, a small concept art, in-game CGs, information, facial expressions etc), voice actor interviews, a section called ‘Encore’ dedicated to each character (GRRR I wish I could read Japanese I’m so lamerz), product details and a quick walkthrough. I found the book so colourful @_@ There was almost something slotted in each nook and cranny and really, I was only surprised by a few CGs which I hadn’t seen before, since well, if you’ve seen my other SRX post, I looked EVERYWHERE on the internet on whatever SRX picture I could find and compiled an art gallery on Photobucket for myself.
So that being said, if you have seen my gallery, then almost every picture there, is featured in this book. My highlight of this part, is, because I’m Yosuke-biased, so my highlight of the book is obviously the tiny picture of NAKED YOSUKE!!! well, half naked Yosuke, sumthing along the lines like that xDD
Character profile section:
Whoohoohoohoo! This was the best section!!!! Akira’s profile was surprisingly very short, it was only HALF a page, with tiny pictures of her facial expressions, different clothes (for winter and summer) and…. I guess there wasn’t much considering she was character you played and everything that happened would depend on the choices you make. Regarding Akira’s character design, I really do think pako could’ve made much more of an effort. But oh well.
Yosuke was after Akira. You get a brief bio of Yosuke, his facial expressions, his different ‘poses’ in the game, his outfits (NAKED YOSUKEEEEE), a special illustration, then a strip of shots from the animated sequence when they plug into their Substance. The pictures are actually really really small which I’m not happy about >o<
Basically, the layout is this:
Then we come to the CGs for each character’s route
Next, was Takt’s section.
Then, Yuuji. NOTE: Pako’s special illustration of Yuuji made my eyes bulge. It’s actually quite hard to see >o<
Hiiro was next! OMG! Hiiro is so cute *3*
I have Kazuki, too.
Finally, Hijiri! Again, Note the special illustration if you squint your eyes and look really really hard. Hijiri looks HAWT.
Soichiro, Ishidera and Granbach also got their own sections, if not, just one page. But that’s enough for me, I guess. I’m still recovering from all those pictures of the guy’s summerwear @___@
After the character profiles and illustrations, we get 2-pages of the animated sequences, including detailed sketches of the aircarrier. What I’m disappointed is that…well, now that I think about it, there was no background art!
Extras: Voice actor interviews/Encore/Product details/Fan’s Ranking:
Well…there’s nothing much I can say here since I don’t read Japanese. I wish I did. But this section gives us pictures of all the voice actors and their respective character they played in SRX, with bigger sections for Miyano Mamoru and Tatsuhisa Suzuki. The product details is pretty self explanatory. Basically, it was a part about the drama CDs, songs and soundtrack.
Then, the Fan’s Ranking. Basically, there were a few questions and this is the results gathered from fans. Here is what I think they asked since I recognised a few Japanese kanji:
Out of the SRX guys, who would you like to have a summer romance with?
And here were the results –
1. Hijiri (aww :33)
Another question was – Who do you think is the most prettiest? And the answers were:
1. Takt (lol no kidding)
And then – Who do you want to marry the most?
1. Yosuke (DUDE WHO WOULDN’T???)
The other 5 questions I really had no clue, so sorry TT_TT I think I’m going to look through them again though and try to translate, so keep your eyes peeled, look out for an update of this post!
Along with the Fan Ranking page, was the Super special Cafe 801 promotion Scared Rider Xechs did. Basically, from September 2010 to some time in October, a cafe was specially promoting SRX, with SRX decor, SRX meals (WTFFF I wish I went!!), SRX merchandise etc.
I ❤ this book!!!! I love the pictures 😀 The book itself was super glossy and special, because the game is so hard to get access to in the UK, this book was a real treat 🙂 But as I said before, I’d found most of the pictures online so there didn’t seem anything new except from a few CGs I hadn’t found. But this is my first fanbook based on a video game (my first artbook being a Yu-Gi-Oh one PFTTT) so I thought this was really nice and I’m really pleased with my purchase. I’m satisfied and it includes everything a fan could get, even including a CD of the character song Loves Hooooooooot! (sorry, forgot how many O’s is actually in that hoot) so that was nice, too. The book was only 109 pages and there wasn’t background art nor was there many concept sketches, which is a bit of a let down, but that’s okay with me. I’m generally happy with anything I buy ^^
I’m going to try and look for La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia one next!