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Since @midnitew was in the mood for more Adachi this week, a few more scans from the animation director’s Ryuusei concept book.

A little bit of a mix of both the first season and Tribe, starting with Subaru’s initial run-in with the law, Misora’s idol competition, Tribe forms, Cooking Mama and Luna, and some gun-totin’, OOPART-showin’ sketches from the finale for good measure.

Scanned From: Ryuusei no Rockman Anime Concept Art Doujinshi (Roughly translated to “Story of Meteor”) by Shingo Adachi, Circa August 2008

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Nite-nite sweepy Subawu.

For the last batch of my latest settei purchases, just a couple character pages. First is “Subaru of the pajamas,” which is obviously Rockman of the Shooting Star’s night form.

The second character was only on screen for a quick second, as the boy toy co-star ripped from Misora’s grasp in her drama show “It’s Hell When You Fall In Love: The War of The Summer.” That was the show Cancer watched to ease his soul after getting beaten to death by Luna in Episode 40.

After those two, there are the remaining miscellaneous backgrounds. There’s an aerial view of the FM Den and surrounding area, complete with the Homerdome, Hexagon and Luxor hotel and casino all within walking distance. That’s followed by an office, where a bunch of denpa viruses went nuts in Ep. 5.

Then the exterior and interior of a burger joint where W-Luna and W-Gonta discussed evil plans. It appears it was a renovated strip club, because they left the stripper poles right in the middle of the place! Just added some flowers to spruce them up. Interesting design choice. Sadly, I don’t think it was a future Regal Burger joint.

Speaking of Regal Barger, don’t ask me why (maybe because they were aiming for some sort of fast-food consistency), but there were also 2 EXE Stream restaurant settei mixed in this set. They both seem to be the family-styled restaurant where Manabe took Netto and crew to pig out, after giving up on her Gravityman-influenced diet in Ep. 16.

Scanned from: My Production Art Stash

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It’s always sorta interesting to compare the differences between the American and Japanese game manuals, in the few cases where I own both versions. While most of the graphic design elements are similar, it’s fun to see the varying ways the layout, typography and images are presented.

In this case with the first Star Force/Ryuusei games, the full art for Geo’s friends gets a complete focus, where as they are just cropped headshots in the original Japanese version. Even more interesting when you consider those four art pieces never even made it into the OCW, so the US manual is just one of the few ways to see those pics in their full glory.

Yet when it comes to the Star Force forms, it’s reversed. The Japanese edition focused on the full-body transformation art, and to me, visually appears to focus on the gameplay and powers better. Yet the American manual crops the art, and only shows screencaps from the form of the title you’ve bought, as opposed to all three versions like the Japanese manual does. Makes the Japanese graphic work feel more compelling, while the American one seems a bit bland in comparison.

They seemed to condense info quite a bit for us English gamers, as the Japanese manual is about 9 pages longer than the American version. Cutting screencaps seemed to play a big part in that. What was a full 2-page spread about Transer menus, with corresponding images for each menu option in Japan, ends up being crunched to one image with mostly text on the bottom half of page 15 on the English version. Which takes up that space that could have showcased the other 2 Star Force forms.

Scanned from: Mega Man Star Force Pegasus & Ryuusei no Rockman Leo instruction manuals, Circa 2006

1325. To overcome Slade's control, Terra had to think of something to give her strength, so she thought about her brother Brion. From her fight with Slade to her sacrifice, she kept him in the back of her mind. That was also partially why she stayed: She wanted to prove to herself that she could control lava and be a hero, just like Brion.

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