Bits and bobs: Genso Suikoden II Art Works

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This 41 page promotional booklet appears to have been a giveaway or preorder item for the Japanese release of Suikoden 2 although info is rather scarce so I’m having trouble confirming exactly how people got hold of it. However it happened this item was at least definitely not a standard piece of merchandise as there’s a handy “Not for sale” mark on the back corner.

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As you’d quite rightly expect the majority of this almost all-colour booklet (only eight pages are monochrome) is given over to art and illustrations although rather than merely reprinted character art there’s also a small selection of rough sketches and location work too. The rest manages to pack in a nice variety of information – there’s a staff Q&A section where everyone had to answer five questions: Name, job description, commuting time to work, shoe size and their memories of the development process. There are thirty entries in total, ranging from the insightful to the bizarre!

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The other piece that may be of interest to fans of the series are a short series of four vignettes that give little glimpses into various parts of the Suikoden 2 setting, such as Riou and Nanami’s family life and the tensions between the Highland Kingdom and the Jowston city-states. If there’s a bit of interest I’ll try to find the time to translate them and get them added to the blog.

The booklet ends on a light note with the four silly comics you see below, followed by the full staff list (written in English).

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If anyone knows how this was originally distributed please leave a comment, I’d love to know!