Artbook Review: Mutsumi Sasaki Art Works 1998-2005

by eternal on July 16, 2009


Ironically, I already did a post on Mutsumi Sasaki’s second artbook; this here is his first book, a self-explanatory collection of his work from 1998-2005. In terms of style, it goes without saying that you can expect the same kind of content that was in Est – which is to say, a skillful combination of moe and bishoujo. His first book is a hardcover, which is nice, but it has appallingly few pages considering the hardcover format, and some of the content overlaps. Is it still worth it? That’s a fair enough question, but first let’s take a look through the scans.

You should know what I’m going to say by now: images are scanned by me and probably aren’t worth saving, but you can click on them to enlarge them.

mutsumi-sasaki-art-works-1998-2005First picture in the book, which instantly reminds me of Touhou.


I believe these two were somewhere in Est as well.


Background looks sorta cheesy, but I suppose that’s not important.



mutsumi-sasaki-art-works-1998-2005-5She almost looks like a character out of a shoujo manga. Not that I’m complaining.



I don’t have too many scans this time due to overlapping pics and the fact that some of these images are very similar to his Est artbook. That said, I shouldn’t undermine the quality of this publication; it’s well worth it if you’re into his style, and most of the pictures are not in Est either. It’s satisfying to look through, and though it’s a bit shorter than average, it’s still nothing to complain about.

The only problem I have is when I compare it to Est. While overlapping isn’t a huge deal, I can’t help but feel that his second book is better. I can’t tell if he’s grown from an artistic standpoint, but something about Est felt more full, more complete. It’s like a good sequel to a good game: they’re both good, but something about the second one feels more polished. It’s an ambiguous way of describing an artbook, but that’s pretty much how I feel about it.

To summarize, I’d recommend it if you like his character designs in general, but if you’re a casual fan or typical artbook collector, you’d be better off with Est. On the other hand, if for whatever reason you have money to burn and you already have Est, then you probably won’t regret your purchase; it’s simply a matter of what options are available to you.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

jusuchin85 July 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I don’t really know much about Artbooks, but I think this is really good!

But, how do you judge an artwork on whether it is good or not? For me, I think an artwork is good if it’s nicely drawn/outlined or it showcases the character more…

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Blowfish July 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I can see your point that you feel that the second book is better but I believe this is due to the fact that you got exposed to the second volume before the first one.
Its the same thing when you played a later installation of a game or listened to the new CD of an artists without knowing the previous releases.Youll often think of those as beeing rather dull compared to the newer stuff.


ETERNAL July 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm

@ jusuchin85: If I were an artist then I’d probably think about stuff like that too, but I’ve always been terrible with visual arts, so I can only write from a subjective standpoint. That’s the main reason why all of my artbook reviews so far have been moe-related; because that’s all I buy, because that’s what I like :P

@ Blowfish: Yeah, I figured as much myself. I still love his character designs, so the problem can’t be that; it just got a little repetitive as I already had a good taste of it, especially since anime art usually gets better as new technology is invented (from a technical standpoint, maybe not from an artistic one).


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