So in the middle of this month I got my copy of the DRAMAtical Murder Visual Fanbook thanks to comicomi studio! It came with the store tokuten, which is an Aoba and Mink postcard. Lots of photos underneath (no R-18 ones though) and spoilers for the game, especially visual ones. Please remember that this features an R-18 BL game!
First up, as always, is about 30 gallery pages of lovely illustrations ranging from those featured in the magazines, to the game tokuten illustrations etc. Omg the only thing missing I guess would be those from the staff blog? Anyway what can I say, this section is gorgeous. I found it cute that they included the the pixel-drawing symbols for the characters and the chibi designs! (Now I’m just waiting for the chibi figurines to appear.)
The next two sections form the bulk of this VFB – the Character Albums and Drama’s Reliving aka the character profiles and story pages. The character profiles, as you can see below, include all the profiles, expressions and short descriptions. I found it very amusing that they included the one for Clear with his okame mask haha. They also included profiles for all the side characters, even for characters such as Alpha and Alpha2. For the story pages, they first went through the common route stuff before going into each individual character route. I thought that they did a pretty good job of recounting the story, and each end actually has a title which I believe wasn’t included in the game!
After that it’s a 2-page section of the line drawings of certain CGs (as you can see below), a quick frame-by-frame showcase of the OP movie, followed by short stories accompanied with illustrations. There are 5 in all. The first one, Yakusoku no Hi, was already printed in Cool-B magazine previously and recounts the time when Koujaku cuts Aoba’s hair. The other 4 are Clear, Noiz, Mink, Koujaku’s respective short stories which I think were featured in Cool-B magazines before. I wouldn’t have minded in-depth interviews as well as the Staff Linear Notes you get when you fully-completed the game had its space limits, but maybe there was a page limit for this?
Lastly, there’s the background gallery accompanied with some descriptions – this includes all the Rhyme attacks we see in the game! There’s also a small section for any other remaining keywords, such as Clear’s jellyfish song (lol) and Tae’s headache medicine for Aoba. The very last section is the capture guide and it’s the first time I’ve seen all the questions in the last part for Ren’s route haha. There are 20 in all by the way.
One last thing I’d like to note. Some of you may have read that if you purchase the first press of the VFB, you may get a special bromide and a Ren pouch. To clarify, you can see in the photo below that there’s a description on how you can get them. Basically you’ll find another feedback form inside the VFB, and you’re supposed to send it back to them with your details by the deadline (end April 2013). I believe all who do so would get a special bromide in return, and then a lucky person would be chosen to receive a Ren pouch. But I don’t know if this would work if you’re overseas, and without a Japan address. I’m just clarifying this anyway in case anyone was curious.
Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my buy! All the pages in this VFB were used ‘properly’ and the only thing I would’ve hoped for were interviews, as mentioned above. But still that’s fine, and it’s my personal taste to want to read more stuff since I believe that DMMd is a really well thought-out game and it would’ve been nice to read how it all came about. My guess is that the fandisk would have a VFB too but I’ll see at a later date if I would be interested in that too. It was my first time ordering from comicomi studio and it was an awesome experience. They were quick in answering my query about the special bromide + Ren pouch present, and efficient in processing my order and request on how I wanted my order to be sent over. Received my order within 5 days of the product release and in terms of packaging, they weren’t as crazily careful as CDJapan but still good. I ordered this with 3 other manga which made EMS shipping quite reasonable. Plus, it had a tokuten – might as well get one if you can right?
I’d definitely recommend them, just do your calculations and make your EMS shipping worth it. If you’re wondering about other places to get the DMMd VFB, I believe honto, yesasia and Amazon have it listed too. *Note: If you’re inquiring comicomi studio and honto, you need to know Japanese.