This double volume, monster sized art book is the biggest collection of Evangelion 2.0 art work out there. Running at close to 800 pages, it’s an impressive collection of art work, but don’t expect it to come cheap; read on for more details.
The art book boxset comes in two volumes, the first “film story”, ( 362 pages, pictures above) is basically the entire film reproduced on sequential still frames, complete with the Japanese screenplay that comes as captions printed below each frame. ( its kinda small to make out but if you scrutinize the images above you should be able to see it.)
Now the second volume ( 436 pages ) is where the real juice is, packed with character sheets, concept artwork, mecha and weapons, background art, interviews, the works.
(below) Art work for marketing and promotional materials are also included, like the theatrical release cinema ticket, flyers and EV Kubrick key chains.
(Above) The first print limited edition also comes with the 2 volume storyboard books and a 35mm film strip. This is pretty much out of print and hard to come by, unless you’re lucky.* ( see purchasing details near the end of the post )
(above) 2 different sets of beautiful pull-out posters of Asuka and Mari, illustrated by concept artist Yoshiyuki Sadamoto – be sure to check out his illustration art book “Carmine”.
(above) The package comes in a outer cardboard box, and the 2 volumes are housed in a sturdy, matte black cardboard slipcase.
Now for the ouch part. The retail price for the book is 12600 yen ( 150 USD ), but the book has been out of print for some time. Now you can still get a copy from Amazon Japan marketplace sellers, but they usually start around 25000 yen (300 USD ) or more for a brand new set, and 20000 yen for a used copy. *Some of the sellers do include the first print storyboard books and 35 film strip as a bonus, look out for the Japanese characters (初版初回限定特典付き) in the item description.
Also, Amazon Japan marketplace sellers do not ship outside of Japan, so you’ll have to arrange for a redirect service to ship it to you, like tenso.com. Check out their site for more details. Good luck with the hunt, and leave me a comment if you have any questions.
– Dimensions – 14.2 x 10.2 x 4.5 inches
– Comes in 2 volumes : Vol 1 362 pages, Vol 2 436 pages
– Hardcover with cardboard slip case and outer cardboard box
– Full color with some B&W, in Japanese
– Comes with 4 foldout posters
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