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Yasuomi Umetsu Visual art Works BORDERLESS

December 20th, 2009, 8:26PM by nat | 6 comments

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This is the last Yasuomi Umetsu art book I have to review, and also the most recent. Yasuomi Umetsu's Visual Art Works BORDERLESS came out October 14th, 2009 and collects his illustrations from Kite Liberator, Kite, Mezzo Forte, Mezzo DSA, Nakoruru, and his own original girls. Out of all of art books, this one is the most illustration packed, and covers all but one of the illustrations from the Mezzo Perfect File.

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The cover of this one goes to Monaka, the newest of Yasuomi Umetsu's heroines featured in Kite Liberator. I loved the title text design. It really isn't as often as you'd think that an art book places some emphasis on typography.

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The first section of illustrations are from Kite Liberator, covering a total of 15 pages with 13 illustrations (two of which are two page spreads). The majority of the illustrations are from the DVDs, since OVAs aren't really heavily featured in anime magazines. But a couple of the illustrations were originally published in Megami Magazine and Animage.

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Kite is next, with a smaller section of newer art work from the international version and premium collector's edition of the DVDs in 2007. The art work from the UMD edition of Kite is also featured. In total, the section is 11 pages with 12 pieces of art work. About four of the illustrations also appear in Yasuomi Umetsu Art Works Kujuku but are printed in much higher quality in BORDERLESS. Aside from that, there isn't any overlap between these two books.

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Mezzo Forte also had a small showing, with 7 pages and 8 illustrations. Most of the art works also appeared in the Mezzo Perfect File, but there were two newer ones for the international DVD and the UMD release of the OVA that weren't in the other book.

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Mezzo DSA turns out to be the largest section in the book, with a total of 39 pages and 37 illustrations, with two of them spread over two pages. This section is filled with goods illustrations from DVD covers, VHS covers (really), and CD covers. I didn't realize anyone still bought VHS... but hey, they had different art from the DVDs so that makes it worth it, right? Also included are four of the illustrations done for Toranoana promotional goods with Mikura and Asami.

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There was also some magazine art work in the mix, though mostly from the now defunct Dengeki Animaga Magazine. The new art works that were drawn for Mezzo Perfect File are also included, pretty much eliminating any need to own that book ^^;

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The last section of color art work in the book consists of illustrations Yasuomi Umetsu has done for other series, along with his own original art works. As you might have seen, he did the art work for the ending credits of Ikkitousen: Great Guardians and this DVD extra illustration shown above. The screen shots of the ending for this and Girl's High are also in the book.

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Art from the Nakoruru OVA is also included, 5 illustrations in total from that. He was the character designer for the show. Also, his contribution to Code Geass Heroine's Tribute is also included. As for the non-series related works, they are from the doujinshi covers of his Comiket releases, which generally are black and white and include key frame sketches.

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The illustration portion of the book pretty much ends on page 96. From this point on, it's a combination of interviews, screen shot endings and key frame sketches that Yasuomi Umetsu has worked on. Also, he used to do the black and white illustrations that were used for the movie reviews in Animage Magazine, and some of those are included as well. At the very back of the book are 4 guest illustrations, one of which is by Niθ.

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If I had to choose just one of Yasuomi Umetsu's books to own, it would be this one. Even the illustrations that were previously printed in his other books just look better in this one, with cleaner, brighter colors and sharper printing. It's worth collecting, especially since we likely won't see a new art book from this artist for another 10 years! :D


  • Title: Yasuomi Umetsu Visual art Works BORDERLESS
  • タイトル: 梅津泰臣 visual art works BORDERLESS
  • Release Date: 10/14/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Buy: Amazon Japan, eBay
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random reader

4 years, 7 months ago

 

(Off-topic, but I don't feel like hunting down an email just for a quick suggestion...)

FYI, your RSS feed is only including post summaries. This means everyone has to open each post individually to read them. The point of an RSS reader is so we can read everyone's blogs in the same place, with a single interface, and not have to load dozens of websites. Please let the RSS feed include full text.

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Bantam

4 years, 7 months ago

 

Right now the RSS feed is primarily for affiliates like 9rules and pireze to get a list of latest posts to show on their sites.

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Anonymous

4 years, 7 months ago

 

Would you definitely say it's worth getting over his last one? Cause I already have it. I love his work though

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nat

4 years, 7 months ago

 

I think it's definitely worth having both Yasuomi Umetsu Art Works Kujuku and Yasuomi Umetsu's Visual Art Works BORDERLESS. There's barely any overlap (4 pictures) and having them both is like, a complete set of all his works.

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Anonymous

4 years, 7 months ago

 

Yeah I wasn't sure whether you were just showing all the new images and not showing the old. I think I might try get this soon, thanks for the info!

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Anonymous

4 years, 7 months ago

 

nice review, love mezzo! thanks! :D

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