Lo and behold, while looking through my in queue folders, discovered a few books still patiently waiting to be reviewed, among them, Romantic Country Third Tale by Eriy. This is the Japanese version, English version is announced for May 2, 2017.
Details: Paperback, Graphics Inc, 2016
Pages: 25.3 x 25.3 x 2.9 cm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
Get it from: CDJapan, YesAsia and other places online. I bought mine from CDJapan and had no problems. Google before buying, this book is often overpriced and you can get a better deal.
Romantic Country. Ahh. Well you see when I first saw the books, I wasn’t all that into them. Yes, they looked kind of cute and it was strange to learn that she drew them with a toothpick (I mean.. wow much?) but other than that, no emotions were stirred. And then… Something happened. I don’t know what. But I suddenly saw the magic, I was done, converted for good. I still don’t own the second one (something like 50 days still to go on preorder, I preordered lightyears ago, it’s the longest wait for any book I’ve ever experienced) but the third one rocks my boat.
Romantic Country series is about a fantasy land Cocot, where all kinds of people and creatures live. It’s a really warm and inviting book with childlike images (not childish, mind you) that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
The linework is not black but a brownish grey that fades beautifully into the coloring, part of the charm of the book for me for sure.
The paper is great, it’s thick and smooth and loves pencils. It can take a tad bit of water but careful with it. The images are on both sides so beware when using markers.
All in all, a wonderful book. I find that it’s specially great that the style doesn’t get boring or tiresome after three books, the opposite really, they leave you wanting even more.
The only reason I don’t color more in them is because they are intensely detailed and take a huge amount of time and my life has become so fast paced that it’s a bit tricky to fit one of these in. But I do intend to pick it up again soon!
Example image I’ve done from this book:
Picture: Lamp shop, Romantic Country the third, Prismacolor Premier
Overall, it’s the bomb. Seriously, I love the book. I think the third one is even better then the first. Can’t wait for the second!
Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions