Love Plus Manaka no Moto

January 15th, 2010, 8:05PM by nat | 8 comments

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In the Love Plus world, Takane Makana is beautiful, popular, and head of the class and yet somehow, she's interested in you ^^; That's just a third of the fantasy that the Nintendo DS video game Love Plus is trying to sell you on. And while I don't think I'm sold on the premise, I am sold on the character designs. Mintaro (ミノ☆タロー) is the character designer for the game, and he also did the concept designs for Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~ (ときめきメモリアル ~Only Love~).

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I was a bit skeptical of the content of these Love Plus character books due to them being only 48 pages, but the low price of ¥840 along with the good experience I had with a similar sized book, Macross Frontier Visual Collection Sheryl Nome convinced me to buy them.

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Manaka no Moto starts out with a single character profile page, followed by a lengthy image gallery. The gallery is 22 pages long, and features an assortment of full page and quarter page illustrations. Some of the art works are from the "special" in-game sequences, and others are drawn new for this book. The "rocker girl" illustration was drawn new for the book, and each of the other books have the title girl in that style of clothing. In total, there are 31 illustrations in the gallery section.

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Even after the gallery portion ends, there are still more illustrations; rough illustrations from some of the finished ones in the front, various hairstyles that Manaka can have throughout the game depending on your preferences, and the SD character drawings from the game. There is also concept art, where various looks for Manaka were thrown about, including one where she had light brown hair.

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Manaka no Moto finishes with a 2-page interview with voice actress Saori Hayami. The other two books follow this exact format, except with pictures of the other Love Plus girls in Nene no Moto and Rinko no Moto. I don't know if I'll review them, as I can't really find too much additional to say about each. Maybe I'll just copy paste this review since I'm sure most people just look at the pictures!

  • Title: Love Plus Visual and Materials Collection Manaka no Moto
  • タイトル: ラブプラス ビジュアル&設定集 マナカのもと
  • Pages: 48
  • Release date: 12/24/2009
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12 years, 4 days ago


OMG those face pages are SOOOO cute!!! I want to squeal in delight!

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12 years, 4 days ago


So that's what that is. I keep seeing 'Love Plus' stuff all over the place and had no clue what it was about.

so for an art book collector are these worth buying?

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12 years, 2 days ago


You know, I dunno ^^; I don't think I'm the greatest at recommending because I tend to like a lot of things when it comes to art. And I like this one regardless of the game involved. If the art suits your tastes, then I say go for it!

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12 years, 4 days ago


It certainly looks a lot better than the few artworks I have seen on video game blog and the game's 3D.

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12 years, 2 days ago


Yeah, that was what I feared in buying them at first. There didn't seem to be a lot of art for it out there, and what I saw was all the same, so I didn't see how they would manage to fill up a book, even if it was just 48 pages. Luckily their answer to that was to draw new stuff! XD

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12 years, 3 days ago


I'm not normally a fan of this style of page layout, just make full page images and stop selling us short! These face pages are pretty cute though, well laid out too, no overlapping the corners. Not bad!

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11 years, 11 months ago


wow!!! :) I really like this very much and it`s super cute!! ;)

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11 years, 2 months ago


i Bought this Book because i Love that Game so much and i want to collect all stuff from my beloved manaka <3 can't wait to get it

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