It's finally out! Takeshi Obata's book of artwork - Blanc et Noir - in the English language!
We've been promised this by Viz Media for quite some time. Now it's actually upon us - in a limited edition run of only 10,000 copies available for pre-order.
That's just 10,000 editions of Blanc et Noir to serve the entire English speaking world. Expect a rush on.
Takeshi Obata's art book is officially out on May 3rd 2016. But early bird buyers can snatch a copy now - or at least a guarantee that they'll eventually own one - via retailers like Amazon.
This special edition print of Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations includes three laminated double-sized posters alongside 132 pages of exquisitely illustrated Obata artwork - the vast majority of which is Death Note, including several of the posters.
These are the kind of full colour, highly detailed pieces that the mangaka would have pulled off, if he'd had infinite time to dedicate to each panel. It's a glimpse of Death Note as it could have been, if it was literally Takeshi Obata's life work.
The artist himself chats for a further twelve pages in explanatory commentary about his pics; ten shares his expertise in a How to Draw tutorial.
I do want. It's beyond 'sell my granny' territory. For this you can have my entire extended family, the missus and both of my kittens too. Gimme!
And naturally, we've already shoved it into the reference section of the Death Note News books and manga shop.