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27th May 2008

Kiss of Fire

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

For those of you who don’t know this already, I collect artbooks. It’s a fairly large collection, but I’m fussy about what I let in it. So far there has not been a single English language release that has gone into my collection.

If I didn’t already have this book in the original Japanese, it would be going into my collection.

It’s exactly the same as my version. The only thing that’s missing is the mini-comic that was included in the original release, but to make up for it they included a nice envelope and printed, on very nice paper, letters written from Kato to Iwaki. In Japanese. They didn’t just translate them and give them to us, no, these are the notes that we find in the book in printed form.

One nice touch is that anything that is translated, aside from the table of contents is the first thing left in the original Japanese and then unobtrusively under or next to the image is the English translation. Very classy way of handing the language barrier without messing up the quality of the images.

All the pages are the same, everything printed on quality, heavy paper. The book consists of images of Kato and Iwaki, some separate, some together. It also includes a few mini-comics, just one or two page things, showing the boys together and interacting. Some very interesting phone calls those two have when they’re apart. I wouldn’t want to have their phone bill.

If you’re one of the people who missed out on getting the original release before BIBLOS went under, here’s your chance to pick up the art book. I know the last time I went looking at the prices of the original release, the dealers had jacked up the price to almost $100 a book. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be blowing $100 on an artbook, that thing had better be impossible to find or a limited edition.

Congrats to June for doing an artbook right and releasing it in a format that the fans will want to buy. If you’re a Youka Nitta fan and missed out on getting the original, this needs to be in your collection.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Kiss of Fire, Nitta, Youka | Comments Off on Kiss of Fire