Well, I went ahead and bought it anyway, (even though Udon offered to send me a PDF review copy, thanks folks) and I’m glad I did.
The images run the gamut – promotional art and cover images from Read or Die, the original OVA, the manga, the novels and even more from Read or Dream, the manga and the anime. A lot of the images would have been Newtype and other magazine stills, poster art, postcard art and, yeah, those super-skanky pencil boards from the anime. ^_^;
Taken as a whole, there is more good art than bad. The middle of the book contains detailed character profiles and histories, setting and random other designs, like Maggie’s creatures.
But wait! There’s more! What makes this book a very cool thing to have is episode-by-episode synopses and insight to motivations and plot complications, by the staff. For that alone, the book is worth a look. I found myself totally lost in the episode section poring over the bit in ROD The TV where we plumb Yomiko’s memories. I wanted to know if my interpretation of what happened had any relationship to what actually happened. ^_^
Not a must-have, but if you’re a big-‘F’ Fan of the series, you’ll probably want to have this.
Overall – 8
A fun collection of ephemera from a series that was way better than it had any right to be. ^_^