When I first saw this Flesh & Blood Character Book in conjunction with the series’ 10th year anniversary, I knew I have to find some way to get it. Flesh & Blood is a BL light novel series by Matsuoka Natsuki, currently illustrated by Aya. It used to be illustrated by Yukifuna Kaoru though, both are illustrators who draws drop dead gorgeous boys. Aya’s other pen-name for her doujinshi work is Sena Rin who illustrates for Houseki-hime and Idea.
Frankly, I’ve only read the first volume of the novel because I couldn’t stand reading on the computer. Will get the series soon enough though…
First impression of the book? Bloody hell, it’s too fucking thin (not even 0.1cm) to be 1200円! The illustrations are freaking awesome but seriously, not worth the 5083円 to get 2 of these bloody books.
To get the book, I used a proxy recommended to me by a friend’s friend called Frontier-E. At first, I thought the price is pretty reasonable, one item is around 480円 to 500円 for proxy fee, at least according to the FAQ page, I only had to pay for the item, shipping to them, to me and the proxy fee.
In this case, with 2 books it’s still considered as one item. Since this is not an auction, I shouldn’t be charged auction agent fee, right? But they did, these doesn’t include all the small matter fees like wrapping books, keeping books in storage or taking pictures…
Here’s the cost breakdown:
480円 Shipping Fee
480円 Handling Fee (overseas shipping)
2,400円 Item (1200円 x2)
780円 Shipping from Tokuma to Proxy
315円 Remittance handling fee (WTF, why is this charged?!)
500円 Agent fee
128円 Settlement fee (what’s this for? Writing emails to me?)
Seriously, I wouldn’t use this if I could get the item from Rakuten. Sadly, Tokuma only sells this during fairs or in their own shop. I won’t be writing a tutorial on how to use this proxy, I guess.
Anyway, onward to less depressing review! The book itself is gorgeous, I’m still drooling all over the illustrations. Unfortunately, my guess of it being an Aya artbook kinda didn’t come true…
The first half of the book is of course about the characters. There’s a brief description of the character, data, tagline, and a full body portrait. There aren’t a lot of characters in there, only 10 of them: Kaito, Jeffery (spelled as Jeoffrey here and oh my, you are so pretty here!), Nigel, Vincent, Kazuna, Christopher, Leonard, Alonso, Raul and Ian
One the other page, is an illustration of the character(s);
and a headshot of him, accompanying Matsuoka-sensei’s comment.
Overall, I’m quite happy with the book, IF only I didn’t have to pay more than double the price to get it. Thus, I’ll only recommend anyone who’s a super big fan of the series to get it.