I came home to a cardboard box sitting right outside my front door, and almost missed it since I go in from the garage. This time YesAsia was faster with my order since Tokimeki Memorial 4 and the artbook were both available in stock on day 1. My P4 artbook took 2 weeks to ARRIVE at YesAsia main location, and around 3 weeks to ship to my house. Then after my order it got listed as sold out. Man, I lucked out that time.
Anyways, I was so giddy I took some photos of my artbooks.
My artbook and game that arrived today
All my Atlus artbooks. From left to right: Luminous Art (NA version), Persona 3 Official Design Works, Etrian Odyssey Forests of Eternity (NA artbooks), P4 Official Design Works, Shigenori Soejim Artworks 2004-2010
Luminous Art, contains some artwork from LA 1 & 2. This is the artbook that came with preorders of LA2 in North America, where the series was published by Atlus.
P3 Official Design Works. Awesome artbook for P3 fans, has all the character cut-outs and expressions from the original P3
Etrian Odyssey artbook that came with preorders of the NA version of EOIII. Contains backgrounds and characters from all 3 games, but they’re really small =_= I would gladly pay standard artbook price for a giant artbook with full-size backgrounds from EO, since they’re really beautiful.
P4 artbook, with character cut-outs and stuff. This is actually thicker than my P3 artbook, and harder to find too.
Shigenori Soejima Art Works 2004-2010. An artbook consisting of his full CGs, plenty of P3/P4 artwork, including P3P. It also has stuff from Stella Deus, but it’s mostly Persona 3/4. It has the most full CGs, so if you can only buy one artbook and you love the Persona series (or his art), I’d recommend this one unless you really want to see rough sketches and concept art. I also comes with a protective plastic book cover, so there’s less chances of the cover getting bent or folded during delivery.
I’ve also got some other artbooks that I can’t help but take pictures of:
Collection of artwork by KEI, the concept artist for the Vocaloid characters. I bought it in a convention in China, and it’s hardcover. It shows off his soft, bright Vocaloid art early on, but also contains his other works that are darker.
HaruToki artbook, contains stuff from the first two games. I bought this at a convention when I was really into the games. Sadly, it doesn’t include HaruToki 3.
Since I’ve got Soejima’s artbook, I’m taking a break from buying now. I’ve got TokiMemo 4 to play, and I’m expecting ZHP this or next week. I think I can hold back until boxing day.