iKaze to Ki no Uta Art book Review Le Poème du Vent et des Arbresn/a    Scelta dei lettori (2016-12-14)

Hello everyone! As promised, I will be reviewing Keiko Takemiya's Kaze to Ki no Uta artbook, "Le Poème du Vent et des Arbres" in its entirety! item #122920 I finally received the book today, and was really nervous to open it since I bought it without knowing what the condition of it was like exactly, but I'm really content with it in the end! :) For those interested, I purchased the book from Mandarake at a price completely different than what it's going for at other shops.

Brief background about the book + series:
The artbook was released back in 1985, so the book is around 30 years old! Therefore, I kept an open mind when taking the condition into consideration.

The series, which originated as a manga, was created back in 1976 and ended in 1984. You can read a decent roundup about it on wikipedia: [ext link ] This series is BL, therefore it may not be everyone's cup of tea, so please do keep this in mind if you continue to read this blog. I'd like to note that this was also the first BL/Yaoi/Shounen-Ai series in Japanese manga existence. I consider this to be a pretty big deal since it's...pretty much the godfather of the genre today. This story is both quite a tragic and beautiful story..I really recommend anyone to give it a read if given the chance.

Note: I took pictures of every page in the book.

Here's the cover of the book:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/8ad95113c3a6702badaac850a5da0cad/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o3_1280.jpg

No obi, which is fine since who cares? Lol. Seriously, I see many collectors make a big deal out of this, and this is just my opinion, but why care about a small strip of paper.

Back of the book:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/252eb4a41fea525fae76b9fa97b488c7/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

Removing the cover:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/8826b53fd6ed22ad226d1c7b10252d74/tumblr_oi53d4jqO51u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/e92ac4d072212648d7bb236a856b8ed3/tumblr_oi53d4jqO51u3s3i7o3_1280.jpg

The back is so beautiful! I've never seen this illustration before, so this was a real treat :D

https://68.media.tumblr.com/3951f39fcffe4792c702c0ff8be42497/tumblr_oi53d4jqO51u3s3i7o2_1280.jpg

When I opened the book, there was a removable poster inside:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/626564510d771be80b9cb7db8164bc1e/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o2_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/566c280a22d2af733a92e550458067c6/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

You bet I'm never pinning it up lmao. If I ever do, I'd probably buy a glass frame for it! But wow, I'm really surprised at how well the poster was taken care of. There's little to no yellowing whatsover.

Opening the book, there's an image of a real old building- I don't know what it's called, so if anyone knows, please do let me know! (The back of the book also has this same image)

https://68.media.tumblr.com/1b091ab2bf2742fc6f87a6cc03d22ebc/tumblr_oi53d4jqO51u3s3i7o5_1280.jpg

On to the first page, we see the beautiful Gilbert right away! But we see him hiding behind vellum paper.

https://68.media.tumblr.com/ccc6d52c74bfe6628c0bc72407b2836b/tumblr_oi53d4jqO51u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

Now I'm going to show you all of the art in the book in order:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/242f460b31ea43accea18aee5e65b42a/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o8_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/df0d225ce797dd50353ace8ca3fad100/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o7_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/8ea77d7b92a3fe7183ae2e11879890e6/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o6_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/ce8c2b4654291f7aef761964a48dd099/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o5_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/49642fcc18c80ecf3b4537b8e5e5cbf4/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/7bb2e0700e067b6e326a676447af6ccf/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o3_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/67ed2566b37d579b6d80ec23de8d8f65/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o2_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/2051c1a08b6296372fac077eb3885bff/tumblr_oi53cndzdi1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/e7b003a2d3f4dd4136e20d67312e9f3a/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o10_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/eedbfc97921cd2ccf183fe21bace7baf/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o9_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/0986da8f5c3a1ce7622b38ff7c538f77/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o8_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/6f65ffd09dd38fba3608fb078610cc31/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o7_1280.jpg

Here you can open the pages and reveal a doublesided poster:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/759ef565fcb65585c6a67e90d560b685/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o6_1280.jpg

http://68.media.tumblr.com/898096b4b98720d032ee55459945c2a6/tumblr_oi55lw5qYT1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/b12381bdb1df367d97ab4d51b6e5cc5a/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o3_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/26c6ea465f8e17cc132a3b5015f8bb0e/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/e3f37be38f1db3c4bf8eb24ca03992f2/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o2_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/dfd418ff67e75e4fe1c7cb1c217bc8a0/tumblr_oi53c275gr1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/f8ebb284419796b7944f310b2f3f9d92/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o10_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/b2c3da1789f66abf650ecbfaa1e14ed6/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o9_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/d5986900815c9affb6dbccf8b8385cf3/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o8_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/5daa1f19a31861051a440bda3db39101/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o7_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/3908509e4c4a70b906cc702be7156333/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o6_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/e455e70725a5dbca4e41ba117f55a479/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o5_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/efcb56dbad558d1fb626b47fc7bc6ebd/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/c2db81afab9778352c0dfc19f9564d65/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o3_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/209502831924783f2bbff33656901536/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o2_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/b6803e8b2babb1086a5c5449a2a60fc0/tumblr_oi53b8oa371u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

http://68.media.tumblr.com/aefd468a810db9ed9bbc3ea6346cf55f/tumblr_oi55f8mC0v1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/00464c50aecaa68e342390a61e9b87d8/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o10_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/946074b92751c5b2535f3e18801ed9b1/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o9_1280.jpg

This is one of my favorite illustrations :)

https://68.media.tumblr.com/750c79c6b87511601d0cab66bf7f6bfc/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o8_1280.jpg

And finally the end of the book:

https://68.media.tumblr.com/745eaf9a9677870a3a4b628855782fdb/tumblr_oi53ajFh9n1u3s3i7o7_1280.jpg

For those curious, this is how the inside of the paper cover looks like:
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You can see how it's yellowed, which is understandable since again, it's really old. You can also see how in some of the pages, there's some yellowing around the edges too.

All in all, the book is beautiful and in much better condition than I expected. I'm surprised that this is like a 99% full color art book, since I thought there'd be more monochrome pieces, like this one (which breaks my heart since it's my favorite illustration of all time and I seriously thought it'd be in here but oh well ;_;):
View spoilerHide spoilerhttp://static.zerochan.net/Gilbert.Cocteau.full.140708.jpg

These are a few other images I would have loved to see in the book as well:
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View spoilerHide spoilerhttp://pm1.narvii.com/5884/2c86eb8afd60143f36a4f87da0cb5a47db8021d4_hq.jpg
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View spoilerHide spoilerhttp://imrc.jp/assets_c/2011/07/takemiyakeiko_a_11-thumb-300xauto-877.jpg

Thanks for making it all the way to the end. I hope this was helpful to those who wanted to see what the hell was inside this book, since I was always curious to know exactly what art was put in here :D I am terrible at counting, so I'm just gonna say there's around 50+ art pieces in this art book (you can count them again if you want since I took photos of all of them lol). While the new one that was released recently, only has 32 item #511306

If ya'll have any questions/comments, please let me know :-D

ALSO, once again I wanna say thanks to everyone that helped me in trying to find this book! :-)

Other reviews:
✻Old Xian's Art Collection: (mfc link)
✻Takarai Rihito "Mirror": (mfc link)

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03 mese/i faakarinakarin
StarNouveau (3 mese/i fa) #18834462omg thank you so much for this!!;_; i haven't been able to find a good price for it yet--but i've been searching for this book for a while now and it's defiantly been on my to buy list! but what made me hesitant was just not knowing the amount of pages and the contents within it. but now i know so it'll make my decisions on buying it a lot easier! again thank you so much and congrats on getting it!!^_^ <3
I'm really glad this blog was useful! :) Don't worry you'll definitely find one if you keep looking! Around the time I bought this one from Manda--there was an auction on Yahoo for a good price (I believe 3500 yen) and it was relisted twice since no one bid on it. So I really believe anyone can find it if they make it a habit to look daily! :D Oh I totally recommend getting it if you have the chance! It's truly beautiful, and I'm sure the new artbook is as well :D I think what makes it even more wonderful, is that it's hardcover. There's just something different about artbooks being hardcover versus softcover, since most nowadays fall under the latter (not that it's bad, but it makes the book much more delicate). (omg I just looked at your book collection in your profile! *____* I see Candy Candy! and many oldies!<3) I see you have item #509880 ! It's my turn to ask someone now xD If I may know, how's the book like? I don't know anything about it ;; (I'm so sorry for peeping at your profile ;;;;;)
03 mese/i faStarNouveauStarNouveau
omg thank you so much for this!!;_; i haven't been able to find a good price for it yet--but i've been searching for this book for a while now and it's defiantly been on my to buy list! but what made me hesitant was just not knowing the amount of pages and the contents within it. but now i know so it'll make my decisions on buying it a lot easier! again thank you so much and congrats on getting it!!^_^ <3
14 mese/i fa (4 mese/i fa)bomhatbomhat because I'm batman
akarin (4 mese/i fa) #18368241Np! and yay I hope you can get it since it's totally worth it TT__TT
OMG I'm happy to hear you got the new one!! I was looking at some pics online and it looks like they added some monochrome pieces in there so now I'm like *______* "...must get it but I'll wait for now..." haha
Congrats on getting it! It looks lovely~ (esp that cover, it's so beautiful! ; V ;)


Yeah! the monochrome manuscript pieces are really cool. You can see all the details that don't come out in the levelled, completed pages of the manga. Thank you for taking the time to post all these pictures btw I find it very important! Looking hard for the art book but hopefully one under 100 bucks pops up soon;;; dam you were so lucky ><
04 mese/i faakarinakarin
bomhat (4 mese/i fa) #18353140omg! Thanks for letting me know. I totally want one! I just bought the newly released art book quite recently actually. Must buy all the Gilbert *_*
Np! and yay I hope you can get it since it's totally worth it TT__TT
OMG I'm happy to hear you got the new one!! I was looking at some pics online and it looks like they added some monochrome pieces in there so now I'm like *______* "...must get it but I'll wait for now..." haha
Congrats on getting it! It looks lovely~ (esp that cover, it's so beautiful! ; V ;)
04 mese/i fabomhatbomhat because I'm batman
akarin (4 mese/i fa) #18346376Hey! sorry for the late response >< If you're still interested in getting one, I bought it from Mandarake's nagoya branch, so you could try emailing them and see if they still have some stock! :D
@everyone I'm so late, but thank you so much for the kind responses! :)
omg! Thanks for letting me know. I totally want one! I just bought the newly released art book quite recently actually. Must buy all the Gilbert *_*
04 mese/i faakarinakarin
bomhat (4 mese/i fa) #18200504oh! congrats you finally got it! Looks beautiful *_* I want one now lol
Hey! sorry for the late response >< If you're still interested in getting one, I bought it from Mandarake's nagoya branch, so you could try emailing them and see if they still have some stock! :D

@everyone I'm so late, but thank you so much for the kind responses! :)
14 mese/i fabomhatbomhat because I'm batman
oh! congrats you finally got it! Looks beautiful *_* I want one now lol
16 mese/i faHappyLawHappyLaw
I'm so HAPPY for you my friend! as a collector of artbook myself, I know exactly how you're feeling right now! yeeeeee! *_* ^_^
16 mese/i faSkippyandjifSkippyandjif
Congratulations on getting the book! It's so beautiful. *w* I love Kaze to Ki no Uta (and Takemiya Keiko's work in general) and the Victorian feel to the art style has been such an influence in my own work. And thank you for posting the pages!
16 mese/i faElvenElven
Thank you so much! I was very curious as to what such an old, pricey book could contain, it's absolutely stunning~
I'm very happy you were able to get it, and really glad such a rare item was able to be properly documented. :3

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