There are two art books for Tekkon Kinkreet, the anime movie. This is one with the white cover, Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book: Background Paintings, or in Japanese 鉄コン筋クリート ART BOOK シロside 建築現場編. The black cover edition is Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book: Background Sketches.
The illustrations in the book are grouped into the different areas where the stories take place. There's a map on the contents page highlighting the areas. Straightaway, I'm having that feeling on being a tourist in Japan, that heightened level of awareness all tourists have. Next page, I am floating in the air: it's a two page spread of the cityscape. And that's where the fun begins.
The book is filled will illustrations, painstakingly detailed background paintings, from start to end, 255 pages of them out of 260. Sometimes the images are enlarged so you can see the stains and cracks on the bathroom floor, sometimes multiple angles are included to look behind corners of the walls. The number of paintings collected in this book is unbelievable. There's just so much to see, so much to take in.
This is a spellbinding book.
It's highly recommended to get this together with the other one on background sketches, Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book: Background Sketches.
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