I know I’m very late to the party with this purchase since it came out in 2011, but I recently gotten back into Nakamura Asumiko’s works and immediately ordered a copy of the fanbook at my local Kinokuniya (last copy!). After looking through it, I knew it was one of the best purchases I made because the book is absolutely beautiful. It consists of her illustrations, Sajou and Kusakabe’s character chronology, how she creates her colour illustrations and monochrome art and many more.
The inside covers is a photo of Japan’s blue sky which is really pretty! The book also comes with cute stickers and you can see that I already used up two since they’re too cute :3
The first set of photos are illustrations: mainly from the Doukyuusei and Sotsugyousei books as well as OPERA volumes and special illustrations for the book. I didn’t take photos of all of them since there’s too many but I highly recommend buying the book because my photos do not do justice at all.
There are also pages that show both Sajou and Kusakabe’s chronology of their lives!
Young Sajou and Kusakabe are both too cute!! I might write a proper summary of both their biographies another time.
These pages show the tools and steps as to how Nakamura-sensei creates her watercolour illustrations. It’s interesting to learn about the tools they use as well as how her works of art come to life with colour. I’m sure this may prove helpful for aspiring artists!
Here she shows how she retouches her watercolour art on the computer.
Here she illustrates how she does her monochrome comics. Reading this makes me realise how much work really goes into making a comic.
These pages introduce her actual workplace! I love how artists/mangaka show us a glimpse of their own world with pictures of their home and workspace.
A short, coloured comic called “And Kyoto” about Sajou looking at his bae Kusakabe while he’s still asleep.
This was a cute surprise: it’s a mini Kyoto travelogue of Sajou and Kusakabe in sticker form!
These pages compile a complete list of all the Doukyuusei and Sotsugyousei goods and merchandise. They added the drama CD and I think I listened to it a few years ago because I remembered there was Kamiya Hiroshi and Nojima Hirofumi in it. I’ll have to listen to it again properly this time :^)
Another short comic on Sajou and Kusakabe’s first encounter from Sajou’s POV!
Towards the end has pages of all the illustrations that’s in the book and tells you where they’re from (which OPERA volume or which book and page etc.) as well as small descriptions.
Last but not least, Nakamura-sensei’s message!
Overall, this book is a must-have for all fans of Nakamura-sensei and her gorgeous art! I’m a bit ashamed that I purchased this a few years too late, but it’s better late than never and I know I’ll never grow tired looking at it. If there was one small thing I had to nitpick, it’d be the lack of monochrome art since there’s only a few selection of it in the book, but I love it no less :)