Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

I went to Kinokuniya for the second (SECOND!!) time this week with some friends and fell in to temptation again, buying myself the 20th Anniversary artbook of Ah! My Goddess, with a 20% discount (saving me RM 32,which is quite a substantial amount).

My wallet despairs, but my heart rejoices though, since the book is quite worth the RM 130 I paid for it, as it’s really thick. It also contains just about every damn Ah! My Goddess color illustrations over the past 20 years.

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

There’s even an entire section dedicated to all of the tankouban covers where you get to see how much the art of A!MG has changed over the years from the “oh my god wtfugly” style back when it first started to the current “Belldandy’s eyes look so hollow” style. (I still think the best Belldandy is during the mid 90’s by the way.)

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

A long interview with Kosuke Fujishima is at the back of the book…

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

… and an index of all the illustrations and where it was sourced from.

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

The inside back of the book.

Ah! My Goddess 20th Anniversary Artbook

The artbook is really a worthwhile buy for fans of the series and I am glad to own it myself. This is really what artbooks should be like, :D.

If you want the original photos I used for this post, they are all nicely zipped up for download.

P.S. Right after publishing this post, I get an SMS from Kino: “Dear customer. Your order for Negima Vol. 25 Limited Edition has arrived at the store. Please proceed to….”.

…..WTF Kino? I just bloody came back from there!
…… and they said the book’s gonna arrive NEXT week when I placed the order orz.

7 Comments

  1. Shance Said,

    February 28, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

    I liked the progressive improvement on Fujishima’s artwork. It makes it worthwhile to know that you follow a manga series that is being worked on blood, sweat, and constant practice. Plus, individual illustrations apart from the already released group ones. They’re a gem to behold. Scan me some, k?

    Also, is Kinokuniya bitching on you?

  2. igro Said,

    February 28, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    “(I still think the best Belldandy is during the mid 90’s by the way.)”

    ^ could not agree more – http://kurogane.animeblogger.net/image/ahmygoddess/20th-artbook/ams20_05.jpg shows when the art was the best – from the current tankoubans I’m getting this fanservice vibe… Like Shance said, it’s nice to see skills of the mangaka evolve, but I just hope Fujishima will stop drawing all the goddesses (or rather women) all the same, and try something new/different.

  3. Rawr Said,

    March 1, 2009 @ 4:16 am

    We’re in an age of moe, I think he’s just trying to adapt to that. Still, I agree with you. I feel that his art is suffering from TOO MUCH consistency. It’s pretty damn hard to draw the same thing again and again, but it’s easy once you’re used to it. I wish he’d be more diverse with his drawings, since the style is clean to the point that it feels like each image feels like a rehash of the previous one. That said, it just doesn’t feel as alive to me as it used to.

  4. Avisch Said,

    March 1, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    ARGH! gdammit Kurogane. You don’t need to greatly flaunt the fact that you live near(?) a Kinokuniya store whilst others (like myself) can only dream of a such a great thing.

    P.S.

    Artbooks are the one of the greatest things in the world. Good purchase

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 1, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

    If you consider a 90 min trip over bus and train across two states as “near”, then yeah, I do live very near Kinokuniya.

  6. shaoron Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    same old art…
    why is he releasing the manga so slow…?

  7. Parka Said,

    March 22, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

    I used to collect his manga but it was really slow, plus I was running out of space. His illustrations are great. I guess I’ll buy the book for the book covers.

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