Okay, I think I’ve been spending far too much money for artbooks now.
I’ve had a number of artbooks already, but this is the first English version artbook I’ve ever seen and impulsively bought. With 170 pages of art, one would expect a lot of content. Indeed, there is – about 150 pages of Chii… and nothing more, save for picture commentary.
Your Eyes Only is sorted, rather than chronologically, by theme (ergo: “flower.”, “after school.”, etc.). The art itself has a lot of relaxing, pastel colors, in a style reminiscent of Italian oil paintings. CLAMP’s art isn’t really the world to me – it’s nice and all, but it doesn’t particularly strike a chord. That said, a lot of the pictures here are very well done, nicely detailed, and pleasing to the eyes. Every so often, a black and white picture or collage of pictures breaks the monotony, giving some contrast and a bit of rest for the eyes – a rest much-needed, after having your eyes exposed to such a multitude of tones and shades of a wide gamut of colors. Rather creatively done, the back portion gives the commentary for each picture – the source and a bit of what CLAMP had to say on it.
Unlike just about every other artbook I have, there is no interview or text-heavy area in the book. I have no idea if the original is the same or if Tokyopop decided to just not translate that (which I doubt).
Nothing else to say, really. While the thing ran at Php 999 at Bibliarch, a sister bookstore of Fully Booked, I got it for about 800, thanks to a sale they had going on.
With over a hundred pages of illustrations, this is a must-have for Chobits and CLAMP fans. Still, now that I think about it, unless one is into collecting artbooks or is the aforementioned kind of person, this artbook isn’t really worth getting.
Hit the jump for more pictures.
Do forgive the blurriness again – I just finished playing IIDX when I took these.