Tekkon Kinkreet – Black / Kuro Side Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on October 23rd, 2010

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

Studio 4°C’s “Tekkon Kinkreet” (directed by Michael Arias) is one of the most visually astounding anime films I’ve ever seen, period. The sheer quantity and quality of jaw-dropping artwork created for this film is just unbelievable. In this post, we delve into the first of a two volume book set “Black” and “White”, named after the two main protagonists in the film.

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

The first volume “Black” showcases the image boards and concept art created for the film under the supervision of art director Shinji Kimura, ( he also served as art director for Otomo Katsuhiro’s Steamboy – read about it here. ) who himself is one heck of a background artist.

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

These image boards establish the look and feel of the film, and the background artists fall back on these boards as references when they are working on the actual background plates used in the movie. ( we’ll look at the background art in an upcoming post )

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

Tekkon Kinkreet is adapted from Taiyo Matsumoto’s popular manga of the same name, check out the original here. In an earlier incarnation of the film that was eventually abandoned, Koji Morimoto was set to be the director and the film was to be done in 3DCG; if you’re lucky you might be able to find some clips of it on youtube.

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

(above) Folks who are familiar with many of Tokyo’s popular spots will recognize that the drawing is based on a narrow shopping lane in Shimo-Kitazawa. In fact, Takaramachi, the fictional town in the film is an amalgamation of several real locations in Tokyo, including Nakano, Shimo-kitazawa, Ueno, Tokyo train station, just to name a few.

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book
Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

(above) I was lucky enough to procure a copy with Kimura Shinji’s autograph, awesome ! ( this is only available in Japan )

Tekkon Kinkreet - Black / Kuro Side Art Book

Also read the review for the companion Shiro/White art book.

“Tekkon Kinkreet Kuro Side Art book” details :

– Dimensions – 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
– Hardcover with jacket, 208 pages
– Full Color / B&W, Japanese text

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8 Responses to “Tekkon Kinkreet – Black / Kuro Side Art Book Review”

Teresita

those are pritty awesome pictures, that tekkon guy is awesome

Sonny Sy

I got both black and white books, can’t finish looking through the books, have to put it down halfway, I get nosebleed from the sheer awesomeness, just like koji morimoto’s orange book.

Hina

Wow, the work is so detailed. It’s absolutely amazing! Imagine the time out into creating all of these. I love the oriental dragon… is it a restaurant or something else? Either way, it’s awesome!

Greg

i actually own this book, probably some the best background set pieces i have ever seen published.

And the price isnt too bad either i highly recommend.

Robert Trujillo

Incredible film, art, and art director! Love Shinji Kimura’s work. Have you seen Genius Party?

yonghow

Robert – Yes I’ve seen Genius Party, some of the stories were really abstract, haha. Wonder what the Studio will be working on next, looking forward to it !

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