Oh what a ride! Nitro+CHiRAL 5 years of awesome BL works.
And so I bought the artbook in the end… even though I had second thoughts about it when it first came out. Like Oru said, you might find gems hidden in it :P
Title: Nitro+CHiRAL 5 years anniversary visual fan book
Nitro+CHiRAL 5years ニトロプラス キラル5周年
Price: 2,205 Yen (w/tax)
Release date: 18 Mar 2011
Rating: Some mosaic images of H-scenes CG from the three 18+ games.
1) “Best of” gallery with staff commentary of Togainu no Chi 咎狗の血, Lamento and sweet pool.
2) Commentary on works and interview with scenario writer 淵井鏑.
3) Game development staff conversations and 淵井鏑x茶屋町勝呂 (Chayamachi Suguro) conversations
4) Introduction of new work DRAMAtical Murder.
5) New illustrations by various illustrators including:
Yura 由良, Youta よう太, Tsutamori En 蔦森えん, Kirishima Sou キリシマソウ, Tsutae Yuzu つたえゆず (Sukisho BL game artist), Kurumazaki Mayu 車折まゆ (official mangaka for sweet pool manga), Morita Yuzuka 森田柚花, Muroki Chika 室木チカ and Shina Gau シナガワ.
3. 5 years Works
6. Lamento‐BEYOND THE VOID‐
7. sweet pool
10. 5th Anniversary Party〔ほか〕
Update: 2 March 2011. The staff seem to be so busy they don’t even have time to create a website to promote this commemorative artbook. To be honest, much as I love Nitro+CHiRAL’s official artworks, this artbook’s cover illustration looks boring :( The layout is a mash-up of the three main characters who don’t have any connection with one another. Akira looks spaced out and lifeless. There is no energy in his pose. Youji is plain and bland. Konoe looks like he had to be there because he didn’t have a choice OTL;; Why must they rush out two artbooks at around the same time? The quality would suffer, wouldn’t it? I feel bad for the in-house illustrators and designers. Anyway, I’ll be getting the collaboration artbook with Spray which will be out on 18 March 2011 first before considering this one.
If you decide to get this book, hopefully you can share with us your thoughts on it.
Review 12 April 2011 :
The A4 sized artbook has a total of 112 pages in full colour, except for a few interview text pages which are in monotone. The cover jacket is matt-finish.
The front and back of the artbook.
Front of artbook, with cover jacket removed. On the right is the artbook cover without the jacket.
The back of the artbook. Featuring the main game characters in Togainu, Lamento and Sweet pool.
Contents page and quick history about Nitro+CHiRAL.
A chronological order of all Nitro+CHiRAL’s works and merchandise from 2005 till now, like games, music, drama CD, goods, figures, books, DVD etc. They conveniently forgot to mention about the anime ^^;; But then again, these are all tangible products that we can buy, so since the anime DVD hasn’t been released yet, they can get away with not mentioning it lol~. Maybe when they did Nitro+CHiRAL 10 Years, they’ll have to mention about the DVD.
There were about 11 pages of stuff that they released over these years. So with this artbook as a guide, you can find out what else you’re missing in your collection and hunt them down if you wish. Next section is the introduction of each game including their individual best of gallery. Good thing they’re mostly full page images. There are 3 best of artwork selected for each game.
Good introduction especially for newer fans who don’t have the older artbooks. Each game has character intros, relationship diagram, some ending selections and related goods page. Also included are comments from the scenario writer about the game.
Togainu no Chi (19 pages)
Lamento Beyond the Void (15 pages)
Sweet Pool (13 pages)
Mini-games intro + one game page each. Togainu Poker.
Nyan-da typing game and Kuims tetris-like game.
Next up is artwork created for B’s-log magazine. If you didn’t manage to buy those issues, the collection here is a treat. I didn’t buy them so, these artwork are all new to me. The sweet pool artwork by Onitsuka Seiji was published during the period between 2009 and 2010.
Left (2009 June), Top right (2009 September) and Bottom right (2010 March) Right bottom has Youji telling his sister to control herself. She is really excited about the curry spices that can only be found in that supermarket.
This is quite funny. According to the text, Tetsuo is trying to help Youji with his floor exercise but Youji’s body is really stiff. He is having a lot trouble with it but Tetsuo doesn’t seem to give him a break :D At the back is Kamiya-sensei being called a demon by Makoto for pushing him to keep up his running speed.
At first glace you would think that it’s Zenya and Youji right? But NO! :D These are characters from Togainu no Chi! Drawn for “Another Story” short story published in B’s Log magazine. According to the text, the person sitting behind is Akira. And guess who is the person in front driving? Hint: He only appears in one of the game endings ;) One of my fav characters.
Left artwork is about Kitani hurting his foot but trying to stay cool and promising to make breakfast while Zenya complains about him going to be late for school. He is smiling but in his heart he was hurting like hell :D More artwork, including those of Yamada Uirou. Right (2009 October) Lamento’s Konoe and best friend Tokino eating Kuims. Yamada Uirou is saying that Kuims look so yummy!
Top left (2010 April) A smiling Keisuke feels like Spring is already here. Bottom left (2010 January) Artwork to commemorate the Lamento drama CD release). Right (2009 July) Akira and Shiki after a battle. Both of them have noses bleeding.
And irresistible Yu-pon chibis! XD Left (2009 August) Konoe using Rai’s tail as his pillow. So cute! Top right (2010 May) Sweets and snacks with the sweet pool boys. Bottom right (2009 November) Illustration of Nitro+’s hentai game main character.
Squueeee~ XD Rai’s expression is priceless.
Left (2010 February) Togainu no Chi’s Yukihito and Akira. Right. Halloween dress up of the three uke characters. Youji, Konoe and Akira. I would love to have those as plushies and figures!
5 Years Anniversary Party section. First is a coloured manga by Hoshino Emiko. I’ll try to translate it when I find the time.
Talk interview among the creators and artists (4 pages).
Special cross interview between scenario writer and Chayamachi Suguro (2 pages), featuring her artbook CHAYAMACHI CHiRAL WORKS (see review).
Dramatical Murder (DMMD) 2 pages summary and character introductions… main character Aoba (blue-haired) is really cute :3 Looking forward to the game release. They didn’t reveal the date here.
And comments by the scenario writer. Artbook credits (right).
Finally the tribute page by guest artists. Right: (Togainu no Chi by Morita Yuzuka)
Left: (Lamento by Muroki Chika). Right: (Sweet pool by Kurumazaki Mayu) Sweet pool’s mangaka.
Left: (Togainu no Chi byYouta). My goodness. Akira is completely shoujo-rised lol~ Right: (Lamento by Tsutae Yuzu)
Left: (Sweet pool by Yura). Awesome looking Makoto by the illustrator of Lucky Dog 1, Miracle Noton, etc. Right: (Togainu no Chi by Shinagawa) Quite a refreshing looking style. I love how she did the shadows :)
Left: (Lamento by Kirishima Sou) and Right: (Sweet pool by Tsutamori En)
Artwork roughs and comments by the respective artists.
This artbook is a good introduction to newbies to Nitro+CHiRAL’s games. I didn’t ride the fandom when it first started in 2005. I also entered it relatively late, say 2007/2008? And I only started to buy very selected game magazines recently. So there are still images and stuff that I’ve not seen before. There’s enough new material to make me happy but not overwhelmingly so. But if you’re a newbie and you bought this artbook, I think you’ll be tempted enough to want to hunt down the rest of their artbooks and works lol~ cos this is quite a yummy teaser.
However, if you only have budget for -only one- artbook, I suggest you buy the Spray & Nitro+CHiRAL Official Collaboration artbook instead. I’ll be reviewing it soon.
Some Togainu no Chi fun :)
Here’s to more great years of Nitro+CHiRAL’s works!