Book one from the Denno Coil novel series, which I picked up from a book store in Kichijoji on my way to the studio.
Its a really thick volume, about twice that of normal pocket sized Japanese novels you find in bookstores. Nonetheless, it should make for fairly easy reading as many parts of it are conversational dialogue.
Next up is the Denno Coil access guidebook. Its a Roman album released during the series’ debut on television and is pretty much out of print now. There’s a sizeable amount of material inside that covers character profiles, background art and epsiode synopsis.
Lastly we have the Denno Coil special feature in the latest issue of 季刊エス (S) magazine ( no. 20 ), a very popular bimonthly manga and illustration magazine valued for its fold-in Range Murata posters.
The feature covers interviews with a few staff members but the highlight goes to the scanned pencil drawings ( with peg bar marks intact ) from several key sequences, complete with time sheets and a brief write-up on the posing and timing.
I’ve visited several Denno Coil discussion threads on the net and it seems many fans have voiced their disappointment with the recently released limited edition dvd 1 for its lack of extra features on production and “making of”. As a series lauded for its superb animation, it does seem a like a pity not to showcase it. Let’s hope they will make this right in the future dvds.