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Book Review: Tales of Xillia Animation Genga Collection
29-04-2012, 10:42 PM,
Book Review: Tales of Xillia Animation Genga Collection
『TALES OF XILLIA』アニメーションパート原画集

This is a genga book, it's contents is the same in nature to Gainax Groundwork books.

I Have yet to play the game.

General Info:
This book covers the Opening sequence of "Tales of Xillia" released for PS3, animated by ufotable (the Tales of franchise had turned to Production IG prior this game for these sorts of things but then ufotable came in and made a lovely OVA adaption of Tales of Symphonia and among other wonderful things). Since Xillia has 2 main playable protagonist, there are 2 Slightly Different Openings; this Book covers both OPs. Same song for both: "progress" by Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎あゆみ)

If you haven't already, watch: Milla's Opening and Jude's Opening

p003 Gallery - (Original pencils of Illustrated artwork)
p017 Character - (Original pencils of in game character illustrations)
p025 Opening - (Key Animation for Opening)
p095 Event - (Key Animation for in game 2d animated sequences *spoilers*)
p105 Flip over - (the flip book section, flip it one way and it's Jude, the other is Milla) Jude Flip over | Milla Flip over

The key animation is arranged in sequentially, with different coloured borders that. *Explains*Pages with a
Green Border: Animation used for Both. neutral
Pink Border: Animation used in Milla's Opening
Blue Borders: Animation used in Jude's Opening
I'd also like to note that EVERY scene and cut in the Opening/s are covered (except for one cut where it's a flying cg ship). Some to a further extent than others, but every cut that you see in the OPs (that required hand drawn animation) are present even if it's only shown as a layout.
There is one thing I didn't like about the way the book is presented (not including things I'd like to have in it that aren't .x-sheets) it maybe because I've gotten to use to the way Gainax lays out a Groundwork book, but i really dislike the way the frames are cropped diagonally and all the free space it suddenly has on some pages (I know Groundwork books do the diagonal thing too, but not as much not to this extent...I'm probably just not use to all the colours that make it feel more cluttered).

Paperback: 132 pages
Release date: Comiket 81 (29, 30, 31, December, 2011)
Language: Japanese
A4 . Dustcover

Doujinshi so....Oh, this also came as a ufotable bundle that included other goodies, Don't get this confused with another book release with this, the other one is a 'Staff Memorial book' with (I don't have it, but it's black&white if I recall from previews, smaller dimensions too) sketch illustrations of xillia by staff.
Search it on Yahoo Auctions (use a Proxy-service if living outside of Japan) using key words
try ebay or Madarake
Theres also this Here book on ebay with a shinny cover and includes both The animation and memorial illustrations. had no idea this existed.

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Flip Over at the end there's an exposure sheet for this section
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