Epson Perfection V550 Scanner

  • Fast connection with high-speed USB 2.0
  • 6,400 dpi resolution for enlargements up to 17 by 22 inches
  • Fast scan speed of 21 msec/line
  • Share with automatic uploads to Facebook, popular cloud services, and more
  • Scan 35mm slides, negatives, and film with the built-in Transparency Unit
  • Robust photo restorations with DIGITAL ICE technology
  • Bring faded photos back to life with Easy Photo Fix for one-touch restoration
  • ReadyScan LED technology for fast scanning with no warm-up time
  • Scan multiple photos at one time with auto edge detection
  • Convert scanned documents into editable text with included software
  • Measures 4.6 by 11.2 by 19.1 inches (H x W x D)

I thought I would get a bigger scanner bed, it’s still the same size as my old one. Can’t scan A4 artbooks :(

Betrayal Knows My Name illustration collection PHOSPHOR

Betrayal Knows My Name illustration collection PHOSPHOR

Betrayal Knows My Name illustration collection PHOSPHOR

Betrayal Knows My Name illustration collection PHOSPHOR
裏切りは僕の名前を知っているイラスト集 PHOSPHOR
Artist: Hotaru Odagiri
ISBN: 4048545662
Published: 2011
List Price: ¥ 6000
Pages: 127
Size: A4 Large HC
Extra: boxed set, drama cd, cards
Book Rating: 5/5
Artwork Rating: 5/5

So apparently this boxed set also comes with a cardboard box. Too bad I’m missing that. The back of my shiny box is scratched all over now :(

Anyways, this book is amazing. There are 127 pages of nicely laid out illustrations. The box set also comes with a drama cd and a deck of card. The drama CD is in Japanese so it does nothing for me. The cards are smaller scale of the same illustrations found in the books. The price tag is a little steep but the more I flip through, the more I like it. They should’ve published a book-only version with lower pricing.

Jewel Box Kaori Minakami Illustrations

Jewel Box Kaori Minakami Illustrations
水上カオリ画集-宝石匣
Artist: Kaori Minakami
ISBN: 4797344769
Published: 2007
List Price: ¥ 2800
Pages: 127
Size: A4 Large
Extra: attached poster
Book Rating: 4/5
Artwork Rating: 2/5

Boring book with very nice cover art. The artist needs to amp up the contrast. Soft pastel with plain background reads extra extra extra boring.

The cute girls in cute clothing can’t save it because they’re so expressionless. The cover art and the illustrations in last photo here are probably some of the few better pieces.

Jewel CARNELIAN ARTWORKS Limited Edition

Jewel CARNELIAN ARTWORKS Limited Edition

Jewel CARNELIAN ARTWORKS 限定版
Artist: CARNELIAN
ISBN: 4331900802
Published: 2012
List Price: ¥ 3000
Pages: 160
Size: A4 Small
Extra: Ore Sketchbook
Book Rating: 5/5
Artwork Rating: 3/5

I paid $39 after going through 3 bookoff stores with nothing to buy. $39 is a lot for bookoff pricing but it was in brand new condition. My copy is the limited edition and it comes with an additional 15 page b/w sketchbook titled Ore CARNELIAN ARTWORKS. Normal edition has the green cover below. I prefer normal cover art over this. Blue is so overused in CG arts.

This book is a gem for people into this style, just not for me. There are some nice pieces and some that are too naughty to be photographed. The high page count and illustrations justify the expensive price tag. Most of the illustrations are full sized. There are a few double spreads and a few with multiple images.

Koiji-en (KofujiEn) – Kasai Ayumi Illustration

Koiji-en (KofujiEn) – Kasai Ayumi Illustration
恋字宴(こふじえん)―笠井あゆみ画集
Artist: Ayumi Kasai
ISBN: 4568502462
Published: 2002
List Price: ¥ 2500
Pages: 91
Size: A4 Small HC
Extra: None
Book Rating: 4/5
Artwork Rating: 3/5

It’s interesting that her book jacket is printed on super glossy paper whereas the interior pages are matte. There aren’t many illustrations here despite the high page count. Half of the book is filled with b/w illustrations or tiny illustrations with minimal text hence the 4/5 book rating score.

Ayumi Kasai artworks looks yaoi-ish by nature, not something I prefer, but I like the level of details in her illustration and the use of rich colors.