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Featuring some of the most talented illustrators in Japan, this book features beautifully drawn, full-color images originally drawn for the popular Aquarian Age trading card game. These images feature the series’ most memorable characters, from modern-day schoolboys to heavenly angels, mystical priests, vampires, and a variety of other creatures of the night who populate a rich fantasy world. Acclaimed artists including Sakurako Gokurakuin (author of Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion ), Kanan (author of the Galaxy Angel graphic novels), PEACH-PIT (creators of DearS ), and others bring their talents to one of Japan’s largest and most varied pop-culture franchises.
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I'm the daughter of this user. I am temporarily using his acount to submit this review because I was the actual recipient of the book.
Aquarian Age was first shown to me by a friend in the form of manga, the Japanese comic form. It was an adaption of the video game and movies is what I've been told. I'm really not that knowledgeable about the Aquarian Age specifics, but I also know that it's some sort of trading card game where the person can design the stats of his or her character. Once again, I'm not well informed on the subject. Anyway, I loved the manga. I actually bought the manga set after reading the friend's copys I enjoyed it so much. When I spotted this art book, I was elated. I had found it at a bookstore, but it was sadly out of my price range. It was also individually wrapped in plastic. I had no idea what was on the inside of the cover, but I knew I still wanted it.
So I had my father order it at a later date for me here at Amazon. It arrived and I...
This art book features some truly beautiful pictures. I don't regret buying it. But if you buy it expecting all Juvenile Orion art, you'll be disappointed. There were a few illustrations from the Juvenile Orion manga, but the majority was by other artists who had done illustrations for the Aquarian Age trading card game.
Even so, it's a nice book to have. I'm really glad I bought it, and the art is beautiful. I only wish that there had been more Juvenile Orion artwork.
As a fan of the Juvenile Orion manga, I knew I had to get this art book. Mine arrived on time, even though the one I bought was described to be in "very good" condition, come markings decorate the hardcover. That was my only problem with it, but that's specifically meant for purposes towards the seller. It's a fairly large book -- slightly larger than the average textbook -- and the illustrations are fantastic. There is a section of notes at the end called "Nakai Notes", featuring brief descriptions by the creator of Aquarian Age, Marekatsu Nakai, as to what sort of illustration he had in mind for certain types of characters by the artists. It's a great item for those that love art, but it's especially a fantastic item for fans of Juvenile Orion and Aquarian Age.
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