My copy of Ken ga Kimi – Wafuu Denki Emaki arrived yesterday. I don’t usually take pictures of what I buy, but I’m making an exception this time because this artbook is so beautiful. The artbook is 160 pages thick with hard cover. I ordered the deluxe edition, which comes with a wooden case and a 28-page booklet that made the package extra heavy LOL. Many thanks to Doropyan for helping me to get this artbook from Rejet Shop! .:*ﾟ..:｡:.(´+･ω･人･ω･+｀).:*ﾟ:.｡:。
The pictures below contain spoilers, so be careful if you haven’t finished the game.
Front and back cover of the main book. The illustration is, unfortunately, not included inside the book, but the hard cover is so smooth and nice… so I won’t complain. The first section of the main book contains 10 pages of promotional art, game packaging illustrations, CD covers, and a new illustration of Tsuzuramaru. After that comes the characters section, which has 34 pages of sprites for the six main characters, Kayo, and the sub-characters.
Next is the CG section. As the name says, this part features ALL the CGs in the game—including the ones from the books / extra stories. It’s also the largest section of the game, with 62 pages in total. The layout is similar to the game. The CGs from the Tokaido journey are grouped together, followed by the ones from individual routes. The next section contains 24 pages of promotional illustrations, which are previously featured in magazines like Dengeki Girl’s Style, B’s Log, and Sweet Princess.
Past this section is the rough drafts, some of which you might have seen from the booklet that comes with the game. Yomi left her comments and sketches this section, including full-body sketches of Kayo’s different outfits in each guy’s ending. It’s really nice because Kayo doesn’t have full-body sprites, so we can see the full outfit in this section. The section features 12 pages of rough drafts for CGs and the game’s packaging.
Moving on to the special booklet. The booklet has 4 new illustrations which contain major spoilers. It’s followed by 7 pages of illustrations from the Rejet Shop postcard, the Animate flyer and panels, the Rejet 2014 calendar, and the special flyer you can get from Rejet Shop.
After that comes another rough draft section, except this one features the sub-characters for the total of 9 pages. Tadanaga, which we never see in the game, is shown in Iemitsu and Choushichirou’s section. Yomi also wrote that everyone in the Tokugawa family has ahoge, wavy hair, and blue eyes… all of which you can see in Iemitsu LOL. The last part of the booklet contains chibi characters, staff blog illustrations, countdown pictures, and all the 4-koma manga from the blog.
Overall, I’m really satisfied with this artbook. The packaging is gorgeous, the paper is glossy and thick, and Yomi’s art is always beautiful no matter how many times you look at it. The wooden case, however, is rather light and fragile by itself. I feel that the lid is especially prone to cracking or breakage if you place it under something heavy, so you might want to be extra careful with that.