It’s only recently that I got my hands on the Nitro+CHiRAL Official Works DRAMAtical Murder. Hopefully this would serve as a useful comparison to the VFB. 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!
The main section is full of artwork, but from what I see it’s sketches, lineart, colour drafts, that sort of thing. In other words, if I were to compare with the VFB: the VFB has the finished version while this contains the drafts up to the finished version. So about 50 pages are taken up by drafts of colour illustrations, world settings, character profiles and event CGs. Needless to say, I think this would be heaven for those who enjoy looking at such things! I enjoyed it too, and I was once again impressed by the details of the game backgrounds (even the digital ones) – it was very cute to see room models.
But of course, I think like many, my favourite pages are the character pages. It’s just amazing to see all the different little elements each character possesses. Honyarara’s notes also accompany them. Moreover you also get a glimpse of their initial designs and how much change some of them went through. For the record, Clear went through the least changes. A few of the characters also have initial image boards of illustrations and my heart……just went out to the one of Aoba and Clear (I won’t hide my bias).
At the end is a novel entitled “Dawning sky” which takes place after Ren’s good end. Naturally this is thinner than the VFB, but I really loved all the pages in this. This would be pretty hard to obtain if overseas though, as it isn’t sold on online stores and only at certain events…I think? I was lucky enough to get mine when the Nitro+CHiRAL museum was on. I know another one is currently ongoing but I’m not sure if it would have as much DMMd goods as the previous one had. I’m sorry, I can’t provide much information on this.