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Toranoana's ALL SEASON MIX BEST

September 26th, 2010, 7:56PM by nat | 9 comments

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Even though Toranoana's ALL SEASON MIX BEST is really about the music, I had to get it for the accompanying art book full of all new original illustrations from artists like You Shiina, refeia, H2SO4, Tiv, Kuroboshi Kouhaku and many more. There are 39 illustrations in total from 27 artists, so in some cases you may get to see a new illustration from a favorite artist more than once ^^

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ALL SEASON MIX BEST includes three CDs which are artfully fit into the front and back covers of this B5-sized, 48-page hardcover art book inside cut-away compartments. It opens horizontally in a landscape style, so all of the illustrations are done in the same manner. The index in the front lists both the song, with a symbolic indication of the season it represents, and the artist next to it. The cover art illustration is by Meola, and isn't repeated inside.

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The majority of the illustrations (and songs) fall under the Winter category, with only three for Spring, four for Autumn, and eight for Summer. It's really noticeable when flipping through the book, as most artists chose to deck out their characters in full winter gear in snowy settings. Pictured above are illustrations by Dochibi (どちび), refeia, Kawaku, and Sime.

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Quite a few of the artists included are well-known with commercial releases. You Shiina had two illustrations in the book, both for winter. Yoshizuki Kumichi also had two winter illustrations. Yunomi and BUNBUN, also pictured above, had two illustrations each as well. I was a little surprised to see illustrations by Yunomi included, as I was under the impression her illustrations were being withdrawn from several Comiket releases due to copyright infringement issues. But I guess the ones in here were okay...

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Yamasaki Moheji's illustration is a beautiful change from the usual art style seen in these compilations. One thing that does stand out a lot about this collection is the variety of artists used, which includes several artists who aren't really known for their cute girl illustrations. The Toranoana information page for ALL SEASON MIX BEST includes a listing of all the artists in the book, along with audio samples of the songs.

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Above are illustrations by H2SO4 and Tiv, who each had one illustration. Song lyrics are printed onto some of the illustrations, but there were also postcards of just the illustrations released at Comiket 78. All things considered, the print quality on a postcard can't compare to a book, so I think the book is still the better option. But I wouldn't be averse to getting the postcards if I could find them for sale!

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More from Yoshizuki Kumichi above, along with Kuroboshi Kouhaku's contribution and Sime's other illustration. On a whole, the illustrations in ALL SEASON MIX BEST are excellent, with some real creativity to make them fit the themes and lyrics of the songs. It's kind of expensive, as the price includes the music as well as the illustrations, but if you're also into the music it should make it more worth your while!


  • Title: ALL SEASON MIX BEST
  • タイトル: ALL SEASON MIX BEST
  • Release Date: 08/13/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Buy: Toranoana
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Riven

7 years, 10 months ago

 

There's quite a few stunning illustrations in there! I have never really even thought to buy a music CD for an accompanying book of art, but then I don't browse the music CDs so I may never notice them!

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owari

7 years, 10 months ago

 

with all those lovely illustrations, this might be a excellent pick. 3 discs o.o, got any reviews for the songs? :D

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nat

7 years, 10 months ago

 

I wouldn't even know where to start with a music review ~-` But... the music and postcards are pretty easy to find with a quick search for "Toranoana All Season Mix Best."

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vinhnyu

7 years, 10 months ago

 

That's pretty impressive for a CD Album. And the drawings are illustrating the lyrics which is cool.

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Thanatos

7 years, 10 months ago

 

Toranoana is becoming my favorite place to buy art works. This piece looks fantastic even though I'm not a fan of the CD and music inclusions, except for a one certain Touhou piece I'm looking all over to find x.x Darn my luck for passing it up at auctions last year.

I can't wait to see this New Years postcards (^^)

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nat

7 years, 10 months ago

 

Me too! I'm wondering if they'll try to top 30 postcards this year, or just maintain the status quo.

I don't know much about the music side of Touhou, but good luck with your hunt!

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Anonymous

7 years, 10 months ago

 

Awesome, love horizontal oriented books, good review ^_^

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Anonymous

7 years, 10 months ago

 

Nice review, I always visit your site its one of the best on anime drawing :D

I was wondering where can we get these anime art books from? Is it only available to Japan

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nat

7 years, 10 months ago

 

Sometimes, you can find them on eBay. But for the most part, I buy them from Toranoana and such using a deputy service because the shops for doujinshi don't ship overseas.

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