I always tell myself, I'm not going to buy anymore doujinshi from Ito Noizi at the start of each Comiket. I think I've forgotten the reason why... oh wait, it's because no matter what she releases, it will be expensive. Noizi Collection "H" Specialty 2001-2009 wasn't an exception to that rule, but it was definitely worth it, with a 100-page (covers counted) full color collection that was more of an art book than a doujinshi.
This collection is really well-made as well. It's paperback, a with a clear plastic slip cover that creates an overlay effect on the drawn cover below. The print quality is also exceptionally high, with no visible printing dots, and light barely-there noise.
Noizi Collection "H" Specialty gathers the promotional art works from the UnisonShift: Blossom games that she's illustrated over the years. These art works from Flyable Heart, Alice Parade, Peace@Pieces, Nanatsuiro Drops and others have never found their way into the three commercial art books the artist has released (though I'd really been hoping for them in the most recent Ito Noizi Illustrations SO-U-E-N).
The first game featured is Flyable Heart with 18 pages (including the cover art) dedicated to it. Nearly all the illustrations occupy a full, B5 sized page, with one illustration being a two-page spread and another page with two stacked illustrations. Alice Parade is the next game, with 16-pages of coverage. There is a bit more nudity in this section, but it's all very tastefully done, especially considering the source is an H-game ^^;
In case it isn't obvious, the games series featured in Noizi Collection "H" Specialty are chronologically ordered, with the newest at the front. It's quite nice in that you can't really see any drastic art style changes until you're into her oldest work like Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe or Wasurenagusa Forget-Me-Not. The above works are all from Nanatsuiro Drops, which is the only one of the games to have an anime adaptation so there is art work from this series in Ito Noizi's third commercial art book, but none of the same illustrations that appear in here.
The Peace@Pieces section of the book was longer than I expected with 14-pages of art work. In this section, though most art works are full page, there is one page of 6-stacked images though because of the high quality printing, there is hardly a loss of detail.
The book ends with Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe and Wasurenagusa Forget-Me-Not, covering 12-pages and 7-pages respectively. Both of these section have some nudity as well, though nothing explicit. There are a few non-game related colored sketches in the back, along with the illustration of the maid in purple shown above. I'd assume the art works were done in relation to UnisonShift, as I haven't seen any of them published in other books before.
I was really happy with Noizi Collection "H" Specialty 2001-2009, and it was easily one of my favorite purchases from Comiket 77. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the promotional art work from the games, but not necessarily the games CGs and summaries, thus avoiding the pricey (and increasingly hard to find) game materials visual books for these titles. Having said that, this book isn't easy to find either---I can't find a single auction listing for it at the moment ^^;
- Title: Noizi Collection "H" Specialty 2001-2009
- タイトル: Noizi Collection "H" Specialty 2001-2009
- Pages: 100 (including covers)
- Release date: 12/31/2009
- Buy: Yahoo Japan!