So here's the first item that I'm going in-depth after my fall orgy. As mentioned, I'm doing it this way due to distractions in life...and my overall laziness. The first item, I'm gonna go over is the Shining Wind Visual Collection of Visual Materials in which I had preordered way back in July. Luckily, I obtained scans from the book about a week after it's street date, thus, the wait wasn't too unbearable. Also, moyism gave his two cents on this book along w/ some nice photos months ago. I'll just give my take on the book and include some nicer pics....scans ^^. Note that scans are from the CHN version of the book but it's mostly the same.
The book is 160 pages and A4 size. The cover and pages have a glossy and shiny finish. Thus, indicating good quality for an artbook. The book is mainly split in 3 sections. 1/4 of the book is dedicated to awesome images for the game. So you get promo art for magazines, telephone cards and the like. The other images are events from the game.
Nearly 1/2 of the book is mainly dedicated to the characters in the game. With information on the characters as well as design notes.
The last half contains misc. info on the game. There's an interview. Artwork and info on the world of Leaveria, such as landscape and minor characters. Weapons art is also contained in this section along w/ some details on the some anime scenes. But I'll only show one worthy pic ;).
So should you pass on this wind? well, if you have even the slightest interest in T2's art or are a fan of the game, then this is a no brainer. People who have a fancy of collecting artbooks but may not necessarily be T2 fanatics would also do no wrong, as the book is of great quality for the price you're paying. It's actually the best artbook in the my order cuz not only was it cheaper than most of them but contained more art and was just of higher quality in general. I pretty much have the same sentiments as moy did and can't recommend this book enough. Definitely worth the buy.
Lastly, just want to show off Hisayuki's new site artwork (which I did already at the My-HiME/My-Otome animesuki forums). That's Elliot from S.ifr and the Subaru isn't anything new as Hisayuki did a drawing of Mai and Arika in Subaru racing gear for a fig.
Oh and of course, I bought Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles today ;).