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Visual of Tales (15th Anniversary Book)
Once again, Kinokuniya taking my money. This appears to be the 2nd (of 3) "Tales of" 15th Anniversary books I've seen. If you missed the first book I covered (Tales of CHRONICLE), you can find that HERE. (Just scroll down.)



Cover Price: ¥2095
Kinokuniya's Price: $38.70






First, we start of with a fancy table of contents page:






(Why, yes. There is a bit of bias on who I chose to take pics of.) Each character generally has 2 pages worth of material:










But in Tales of Destiny, you share pages with other characters if you're not a swordian master like Woodrow up there.






You also share pages with characters if you're from a non-mothership Tales game:






... Or if you're Zelos and Kratos, you also share pages. LOL






Even Patty got 2 pages to herself. Not that I'm complaining, but that's gotta hurt Zelos and Kratos fans since you know there's a lot more art for those two than what was covered. LOL






Each character has a relationship chart right next to their SD art. Some charts small, some rather lengthy. Someone as active as Raven has a fairly large relationship chart:







The rest of the book is stuff like Character Ranking polls over the years (the ones you voted on in Tales Channel) as well as the usual interviews with the character designers, and messages/signatures from (select) seiyuu. The Tales of Chronicle book is more comprehensive in that regard, but this is the book to have for character art organized individually. It's still a good book even if there's no Xillia, but hey.. What can you do? I'm sure there will be a nice 20th anniversary book where they're in it.

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sistaofpeace1 From: sistaofpeace1 Date: June 22nd, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even Patty got 2 pages to herself. Not that I'm complaining, but that's gotta hurt Zelos and Kratos fans since you know there's a lot more art for those two than what was covered. LOL

You got that right! ._.

Thanks for the pics and info! I think I'll need to also add this to my Things-to-must-have list. ;_;

EDIT: Oh, and can you confirm if this pic is also in the book? http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/1199/talesvisual.jpg

Edited at 2011-06-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
mura_arkaine From: mura_arkaine Date: June 22nd, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your icon suits this post so very much. I approve. LOL

And yeah, that poster is in it. I didn't want to go through the trouble to unfold it, but it's attached to the inner front cover.
glitteringloke From: glitteringloke Date: June 22nd, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
alhdfpahsdf i don't know when i'm getting to kino next D:

waaaaaaaaant (but thanks for the klarth page <33)
creamedice From: creamedice Date: June 23rd, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah. This is the book that I mentioned here: http://mura-arkaine.livejournal.com/460900.html?thread=3713636#t3713636

Guess it is true that the Chronicle one is better. Meh.
mura_arkaine From: mura_arkaine Date: June 23rd, 2011 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Not true- The visual book is good for the character aspect of it. Chronicles is more group shot, synopsis, and interview oriented. They're both good in their own ways, depending on what you prefer. You don't get large character art in the chronicle book like you do in Visual.
clessaileron From: clessaileron Date: June 23rd, 2011 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, after seeing the photos for both books, it's two Tales books I'm going to need to keep an eye out for at Comic Con next month. They do look impressive.
skuldnoshinpu From: skuldnoshinpu Date: June 23rd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL everybody's reaction towards Raven is "usankusai".
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