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Mezzo Perfect File

November 22nd, 2009, 8:06PM by nat | 5 comments

Mikura after the rain

Mezzo Perfect File is an anime visual book that was released a few years ago (May 2004) that focused not only on the TV anime series Mezzo DSA, but also on the one-shot OVA Mezzo Forte. Like most visual books, it focuses on a both the promotional illustrations for the series, and the episode summaries, background art, interviews and character arts. Basically, everything any fan could want to know about the show in one place.

Mezzo Perfect File CoverMezzo DSA PosterDSA Section

Ready to Shoot!Asami and MikuraMikura Shoots!

The book (at the time) included a book exclusive poster of Mikura and Asami in their underwear/pajamas. Though it's still exclusive in its poster form, that picture can also be found in the more recent release Yasuomi Umetsu Visual Art Works Borderless. There are about 9 pages of illustrations in the Mezzo DSA section, mostly promotional art work though some of it is from CD and DVD covers. It's a pretty thorough gallery too, as there wasn't much magazine coverage for the show.

Mikura Back Fires Asami and Mikura in Swimsuits

Danger Photos Mikura and the Band

Though the beginning of the Mezzo DSA section has all full page images, towards the end the display of the CD covers and a couple of the posters from Dengeki Animaga Magazine are tiled, and printed smaller sharing a page. Again, this kind of thing is expected with visual books.

Mezzo DSA OPEpisode SummaryEpisode 10 Summary

Mezzo Background ArtBackground ArtCharacter Coloring

After the gallery, the rest of the Mezzo DSA section consists of screenshot-style episode summaries, screen shots of the credit-less opening, a few pages of background art and the outfits of the main characters like Mikura, Asami, and so on. This pretty much covers the first 37 pages of the book.

Mikura and Momoi Mezzo Forte

The Mezzo Forte Side is significantly shorter than the DSA Side for obvious reasons; it was a one-time OVA while Mezzo DSA was a TV series, and of course, Mezzo Forte was also a hentai OVA so there's a limit to what can be shown in screen shots. But there is at least one screen shot with a huge black circle on it, so even in a one page summary they couldn't avoid a naughty scene ;P

Mezzo Forte Swimsuits by the Sea

The Mezzo Forte illustrations are all by Yasuomi Umetsu, and are more in his older style, which I quite like better when compared to the Mezzo DSA illustrations, as seen above. There is some nudity with the Mezzo Forte illustrations, which is kind of to be expected. This section includes a total of 7 full page illustrations, of which two are mildly adult in nature. Though most of these illustrations reappear in the Yasuomi Umetsu Visual Art Works Borderless two of them don't, even though Yasuomi Umetsu is the artist. One of the ones that isn't in his newer book is the picture of Momoi and Mikura in swimsuits shown above.

Staff Illustrations

Rin-Sin ArtStaff IllustrationsStaff Illustrations

The last color portion of the site covers illustrations contributed to the book by the animation production staff. Some of the animators include Rin-Sin of Wordsworth and Ikkitousen character design fame, as well as Ishihama Masashim the character designer for the Read or Die OVAs and TV series. So this book is basically, 48 pages of color and 54 pages of black and white which is really on the low side.

Mikura Line ArtYasuomi Umetsu INTERVIEWMatsuki Miyu

As far as art work in the monochrome pages, there are about 26 pages of character line arts, which includes even characters that only appeared in one episode. That's pretty detailed as far as most books go. There are 6 pages of line art for the background scenes, and after that, it's all interviews. But there are interviews with the artist, Yasuomi Umetsu, as well as other staff members and voice actresses like Kotani Tomoko and Matsuki Miyu.

Mezzo Forte

If I'd been able to see the future 4 years ago, I probably wouldn't have bought this ^^; When I buy books like this, it's because I'm wanting to see more of the art work from the show, and I'm not particularly interested in summaries and interviews. The majority of the art work in here appears in Yasuomi Umetsu Visual Art Works Borderless along with a lot of other works, so that would be the best choice if you're in it for the art work.

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Anonymous

4 years, 11 months ago

 

Full page images, nicely arranged pages with multiple images. His art style is still appealing despite showing age. It would be great to see how the borderless artbook is arranged.

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Anonymous

4 years, 11 months ago

 

I've got the borderless one, looks like more of the same, thanks for the heads up.

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Anonymous

4 years, 11 months ago

 

Nice picture taking style! Thanks!

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Andrew W

4 years, 11 months ago

 

Is this one available anywhere or should I just get the newer one?

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nat

4 years, 11 months ago

 

Definitely just get the newer one. It has all but two of the illustrations from this one, and it's all art work, and none of the episode summary/screen shot stuff.