This eagerly anticipated collector's book of Takeshi Obata's artwork is out and Death Note News has one!
Takeshi Obata's glorious artbook Blanc et Noir has long been available in Japan. But only since May 2016 has an 0fficial English translation been published in the West.
Viz Media have produced a limited edition 10,000 copies of this beautifully printed tome containing highly detailed drawings by Death Note's artistic creator.
We first heard about it last August, but have had to wait until May 3rd 2016 before getting our hands on 132 pages of exquisitely rendered Takeshi Obata artwork. And by 'we', we really do mean that, as you can see our copy being unpacked in the video above.
The overall verdict for those who don't want to sit through 25 mins worth of inarticulate gushing?
It's surprisingly good. Much better than anyone without any art knowledge at all expected to unpack. Whilst being the first to cry foul on any old tacky tat foisted upon Death Note fans, Obata's Blanc et Noir made the grade. It was enchantingly impressive.
It would have to be given a price tag like that.
Blanc et Noir English language copies are limited edition and bound to become collectors' items. We're definitely going to be handling ours with care, while also taking a long hard look at the hitherto unsuspected detail in utterly familiar Death Note art.
There are some links (right) for anyone considering grabbing one for themselves. Or else keep an eye on our Death Note book and manga store for further ways to find and buy it.