My thoughts and some images under the cut~
Limited edition version also comes with a few A4 bonus posters of the MIIKA artworks which are also included in the book itself. Out of the MIIKA artworks in the bonus posters, the one with close up image of Sayahiko and Mikazuchi is my favourite one.
OMG I need to re-enforce my ENIE's cape and get myself a gakuran to re shoot ENIE cosplay again <3 (That bloody tassels weighed so much lmao)
Which reminded me, I tweeted congratulation on the release of MIIKA to MAYA with the my fanart and cosplay pic of Matin and cosplay pic of ENIE. I am so happy that she replied and being pleased about my Enie cosplay <3
She was also being nice enough to say my Matin (either fan art or cosplay) is cute.
The ENIE section also contains the individual images of each tarot card including the special bonus card featuring te chibis of all tarot Enie characters. I am pleased to see the image that was used for the giant poster is there as well, including the chibi image of Enie used for limited clear file sold during Comiket ^^
I don't have a scanner and bringing this book to work to scan it is not a very good idea either lmao. Elias offered to lend his scanner if I want to whenever I visit next time though *^*
Moving to black and white images used in Piano albums. Love these images so much, yay for bigger picture of then lol. Next are Masinowa artworks including the one used in giant masinowa clear poster (where first coloured image of masinowa outfit Malchut was out), masinowa album cover, drama cd cover and images printed on the CDs. They are all not new for me since I have been rabidly collecting Zektbach merchandises lol. Obviously the individual Tarot images are also in there. One thing that is noticeable is the image printing quality is definitely better than the images in Guidebook. I guess it is to be expected since this is an artbook while the other one is more of the text book with some images lol.
They put the profile image of the characters, but it is kinda disappointing that there is no new or the profile image for both Sasha and A'milia. I understand the lack of proper full image of Ido, Isago and Misakuya, but come on at least Sasha and A'milia should have one. Especially considering that A'milia is the protagonist of the Epic and Sasha is the sidekick XD. Even the jacket cover image of The Sealer is only printed in small size ;-;
Even though I know it is impossible to chuck all of the frames used in Raison and Turii PV, I still wish there are frames displayed in MIIKA. At least the detailed story board would be sweet to see too just like snippet of storyboards from Ristaccia PV in Puzzle artbook.
Look at how happy Orologio and Eculemess are, being OTP and holding hand gahhhhh MAYA why you do this to us. Especially if you add the twitter illustration she put up during Tanabata while commenting it would be nice if these two (OroEcu) can also meet each other once a year like couple in tanabata story /gross sobbing. Xepher is so beautifully sad, I really really want to properly cosplay Eculemess again. This story deserve better, Eculemess deserve more ;3;
Jumping into Smooooch, Flip Flap and Wuv U section, aka the cute Kors K section lmao. It is a 2 pages spread of moe XD. Again, too bad that it is only showing a few of the frames used in smooooch. Which also reminds me that unlike puzzle, miika doesn't come with dvd. Such a shame since we can't get the high quality pv of her animation works beside zektbach (which is basically almost none though)
Still yeoww it was such a surprised to read that the white hair that Gijiri has turned to be his actual hair that is still attached to his head and it is only being tied together *A*;;; and even more surprising is the stripes on Ido that everyone thought to be hair tie or some sort, THEY ARE WHITE HAIR TOOOO ASFGHJKL: seriously these two Jakotsu brotp lol
It does explain why Isago has some white hairs too, but Kukaru has none, maybe because he is mixed blood I guess? Well upon discovering this fact I wanted to make a quick drawing of both Gijiri and Ido with their hair loose :'3
Speaking of Zektbach, I have decided to stop openly do any attempted translation on it. I am still attempting to translate stuff but I will do it privately and no longer published them on public site like I have been doing before.
I attempted translating in the first place despite knowing how much of an amateur I am because 1. To figure out more about Zektbach myself 2. for friends (Zektbach friends lol) and lastly as a medium for learning myself. I was hoping someone better will either take over or better, help pointing out the mistakes I made which will be a good learning for me too.
Unfortunately instead, by chance I sometimes came across instances where people are actually complaining that it is harder to understand Zektbach more due to awkward translations. Despite my devotion towards Zektbach I'm a fangirl myself, mainly centred on Falo and Matin. Therefore my cosplays, opinions and fan arts are biased by my fangirl mind. Additionally I might miss or misinterpret things and these what frighten me, people mistakenly took my biased opinions/fangirling that are reflected on my fan works as canon information.
Bottom line I'm more and more aware on how novice my Japanese skill still, and thus in combination on my biased thinking and the fact I can't even write shit properly too, I think it is best to get back to how it was before. Leave it and hoping someone who is more experienced do the translation. I will just do it leisurely and privately on my own, so I'm not held responsible for the mistakes I am more likely to make >.>;;;
At the very end of MIIKA there is this really cute illustration of Mikazuchi and a little girl. I wonder if the little girl is Chizuru? Either way it is a very adorable illustration :'3
I haven't got time to really read into MIIKA story, but from what I can make sense so far and as far as my first impression goes it is not exactly my type of story? Not that I hate it, just not being a fan over it the way Xepher manga did to me back when I got Puzzle lol.