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Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:35 pm
by JohnStanowski
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Does anyone have this book? I just ordered it and preordered it's sister from Amazon.co.jp. I was wondering if you could tell me what goodies await inside. I'm worried that it's a bunch of cutaway illustrations as opposed to just standard images. I have a week to go before it arrives, but I'm getting anxious.

Also, are they any other nice Yamato books you would recommend?

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:41 am
by Steve H
It's not a 'Roman Album'. It's not a technical manual. It's a series of 'establishment sheets' or what we would refer to as model sheets, the guide the animators use to make sure everything stays consistent from frame to frame, shot to shot, episode to episode.

If you're looking for explanations on how stuff works,essays on fleet history, technology timelines, that's not this book.

Saying that, Yamato 2199 was crewed by intense fanboy supergeeks. So, sometimes there are little "and this is how THIS works" sketches. for example, they do a short breakdown on how the wings fold and telescope and retract on the Yamato. Sadly, it still doesn't REALLY work per the layout and spacial volumes within the hull shown, but it's there and an honest try. :)

There are plenty of development sketches, as they play around and figure things out based on changing story needs. And like Original Yamato, the designers end up putting a LOT more work into things than strictly needed for the story.

But there is a danger to the preliminary sketch sheets. It's 'work in progress' and there are ideas or details that change, or become invalid and discarded in later revisions. Some may be tempted to point at an early sheet and say "AHA! It's supposed to look like THIS" and no, they discarded that in favor of what we actually see in the show.

If one is interested in using this book to help with creating cosplay one may be disappointed. There's a dearth of 'prop' drawings and uniform designs are small.

Again, to finalize, these books are meant to give us insight into the creation of the animation. If one finds that sort of thing boring one may need to think twice. For me it was a no-brainer and I couldn't click the 'buy me' button fast enough.

The upcoming 'Yamato Plan' book looks to be more in the vein of the traditional 'art book', it streets next week.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.htm ... BK-1565353

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:06 am
by JohnStanowski
Hmm. I guess I'll have to wait and see for myself. I should have the first one in a week. And just for the record, I was kind of hoping for an art book. Just wanted lotsa good stuff to look at.

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:02 pm
by August Ragone
What this closer to was the old skool hardcover books of yore, with endless production sheets used by the animators to create the episodes. Transliterated, the subtitle of this publication is "Official Production Sheet Collection: EARTH." Roughly 14"x8" (horizontal), it is a softcover book on high quality paper, with a dustjacket and a cardboard slipcase. 264 full-color pages (although many of the sheets are black line drawings, but there are color guide plates as well). There are three sections, "Mechanic" (188 pages), "Characters" (major and minor; 189-236), "Art" (misc. production designs; 237-249), and "Interview" (text only; 250-257). It's beautiful and a must-buy. The second edition is coming at the end of the month, "Official Production Sheet Collection: GARMILLAS," which will feature all of the same materials for the various alien races and places.

Essential.

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:10 am
by JohnStanowski
It came last week from Amazon.co.jp. It is def. a beautiful book. Not what I was expecting, but very nice nontheless. I can't believe how much detail they went into to create the world of 2199. I have to agree that it's a must buy. I have the second book already preordered.

For those who remember it, this book is most like the old "The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook". Only instead of being full of conceptual sketches, it's packed with really nice 'final' drawings of every corner of the Yamato.

I'd still like to find an artbook or something.

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:19 am
by Steve H
JohnStanowski wrote:It came last week from Amazon.co.jp. It is def. a beautiful book. Not what I was expecting, but very nice nontheless. I can't believe how much detail they went into to create the world of 2199. I have to agree that it's a must buy. I have the second book already preordered.

For those who remember it, this book is most like the old "The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook". Only instead of being full of conceptual sketches, it's packed with really nice 'final' drawings of every corner of the Yamato.

I'd still like to find an artbook or something.


I've been calling for such a thing since day one. :)

It still seems the upcoming 'Yamato Plan' book just might be the thing we all crave.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%AE%87%E5%AE ... pd_sim_b_2

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.htm ... BK-1565353

I would order it quick, I suspect it will sell out fast and no telling how long it'll take for sellers to restock it

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:36 am
by August Ragone
Already sold out from Amazon... But, just a warning about this book — Yamato Plan — there's a lot more text in this one than the previous book, and also has sections on Merchandise (plastic model kits, etc.), and coverage of the episodes, as well as interviews with the Staff. So, this one sounds like it will be organized and designed a lot more like the Old Skool Roman Albums from Tokuma Shoten.

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:46 am
by Steve H
August Ragone wrote:Already sold out from Amazon... But, just a warning about this book — Yamato Plan — there's a lot more text in this one than the previous book, and also has sections on Merchandise (plastic model kits, etc.), and coverage of the episodes, as well as interviews with the Staff. So, this one sounds like it will be organized and designed a lot more like the Old Skool Roman Albums from Tokuma Shoten.


I'm actually expecting the 'Newtype 100%' book experience, lots of glossy stock, plenty of pics, some original art.

I'm still surprised Bandai via Dengeki Hobby hasn't kicked out a full-on 'mook'. Some of those Dengeki Specials were very impressive.

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:38 am
by August Ragone
Steve H wrote:'m actually expecting the 'Newtype 100%' book experience, lots of glossy stock, plenty of pics, some original art.


I hope so, Steve!

Re: Model Sheet Design Collection Book

PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:45 am
by Steve H
August Ragone wrote:
Steve H wrote:'m actually expecting the 'Newtype 100%' book experience, lots of glossy stock, plenty of pics, some original art.


I hope so, Steve!


Well, all things being equal, we'll know by the end of the week! :)