the kemono book

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Outside of the Starlet compilation, I also obtained two other books, including a HUGE compilation of the 8 Solatorobo fanbooks that CC2 released a while back. While extremely cheap (around $30) in comparison to the individual releases, its also fairly small in comparison, meaning that many of the images inside it are difficult to see due to their being so many pages (700+) in such a small book. Many run off into the corners, and its scary to open the book too widely as there is a decent chance it may break if opened too widely. 

Nonetheless, its an all right release and contains numerous sections of wonderful official and fanartwork among other things. Specifically, the book is split into 8 sections. Pages 2-3 depict a brief history of Solatorobo and the LTB series along with its releases. Pages 4-15 contain full color artwork by WAKA and an artist I cannot discern the name of, which is where the beach picture comes from. Pages 17-162 contain various pieces of artwork in black and white from a large variety of artists, some official and some not. A few example of such artwork is depicted above. A good portion of the book is dedicated to various short comics and manga, which is on pages 163-468. Once again, some examples of such pages are above. The types of stories are very varied, with some being very comedy and fanservice oriented and some quite serious, whith a couple expanding on the story of the game. One story in particular that I can tell the storyline of is one with very simple artwork about a boy playing Solatorobo himself and imagining the characters in the real world helping him get by and inspiring him. The next section of the book, which also makes up a good portion of it is rather boring, and is mostly made up of advertisements and guest comments found on pages 469-631. After that, there is a section with numerous small novels adding more to the story of the game on pages 632-707. Finally, at the end of the book is one small very interestingly drawn comic about a certain character who players may remember to “always be watching” which expands on the Red Data Children.

Besides the Solatorobo Fanbook, I also got a short 76 paged artbook titled “The Kemono Book”, which features various pieces of kemono/furry artwork from various fanartists, many of which fans may know from use of the website Pixiv. These artists include KIYA, koki, num, cham, chaikurox, and TOKKO, among others.The kinds of artwork depicted is very varied in style, but all of it shows a large amount of skill in the artists themselves. There’s also a bit of official artwork from CC2′s own WAKA and some mention of Solatorobo, which may be to some Solatorobo’s fans enjoyment. Finally, there are also a few short comics and even a poll at the end that CC2 took asking what sorts of kemono characters do fans like most. While not depicted in my pictures, if any of you are curious, just ask. I will also be willing to take more pictures if you like, though forgive me for the less than amazing quality of the pictures.