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Masamune Shirow's PIECES 2 Phantom Cats

June 25th, 2010, 1:28AM by nat | 6 comments

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PIECES 2 Phantom Cats is essentially a small and compact version of the popular and rare Galgrease Galhound poster books that Masamune Shirow released circa 2002 and 2003. The illustrations were originally distributed as magazine extras, but you can now have it all in one with PIECES 2, though of course, they're not posters anymore ^^

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I haven't been an avid collector of Masamune Shirow's works since most came out kind of before my prime collecting days, so PIECES 2 serves as a nice gathering of illustrations I had only previously seen online. This full color book is A5 in size, so it's slightly larger than a manga volume, but smaller than the average doujinshi. Surprisingly, it's also hard cover even though it's a short 88-pages, which does make it seem better quality as a small sized book.

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Though they may have just escaped my notice on previous publications, I believe the first three illustrations in the book are new and after that begins the re-collections of the Galgrease Galhound series. These illustrations have really aged well because even after all these years, I think Masamune Shirow's style still looks amazingly polished, I never feel like his works are half-hearted or unfinished. And as expected with this artist, there are quite a few ecchi images, but for some reason they seem so much more tame than I remember...

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Since the original Masamune Shirow Galgrease Galhound poster books aren't really an option anymore, PIECES 2 does a great job of bringing those works all together. Perhaps we'll be seeing something similar for Hellcat or Wild Wet West in the future. Either way, the low cover price of ¥1440 ought to entice even marginal fans to grab a copy.


  • Title: PIECES 2 Phantom Cats
  • タイトル: 士郎正宗プレミアムギャラリー PIECES2 Phantom Cats
  • Pages: 88
  • Release date: 04/12/2010
  • Buy: Amazon Japan
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Anonymous

9 years, 4 months ago

 

Yep looks good if you dont already have some of his older work

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Anonymous

9 years, 4 months ago

 

Love Masamune Shirow always! His attention to detail is excellent.

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Zeb

9 years, 4 months ago

 

I have all the original Galgrease stuff (complete folders even) but that won't stop me from getting this.

Thanks for the review Nat, I am so completely out of the loop re: much Shirow and artbook stuff these days, so it's nice to know this is around.

Better go order it on Amazon JP.

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Zeb

9 years, 4 months ago

 

p.s. Nat the affiliate link to Amazon JP is missing the H in the http :)

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nat

9 years, 4 months ago

 

Thanks, I fixed it. I keep leaving off the first letter of things I copy paste lately...

Kind of surprised you would get this when you already have the poster books! When I buy repeats, presentation becomes the next big thing, and for me A5 does not beat posters ;D Aside from PIECES 2 and 古今伽姫草子集―士郎正宗画集, there wasn't much to miss from Masamune Shirow for art books recently.

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Zeb

9 years, 3 months ago

 

Its the ocd collector in me ^_^; I have the first one, so I must have the second!

Have you reviewd 古今伽姫草子集―士郎正宗画集?

If not, please chat with me first. Was able to get the Seishinsha mail in exclusive as well, and am happy for you to use me to include that in your write up. :)

p.s. have you seen the Sabre Tooth 2 calendar for sale anywhere?http://www.seishinsha-online.co.jp/srw_j/shirow.html