Artbooks/Books of Someday's Dreamers

Dreamers Book Dreamers Book
Date: 23 Jul 2003
Publisher: Impress Communications
ISBN: 4-8443-5699-2
Price: Y2300
Format: A4, 96 pages (64 pages in colour)
  An artbook, as well as a reference book, of the anime. The colour part starts with a few illustrations by Kumichi, followed by a character guide, a story guide and illustrations by anime stuff. The B/W part includes interviews of the staff and cast. The one of Yamada Norie is a really interesting reading to find out how this story began and became an anime.
Manga Vol.1 Manga Vol.1
Story: Yamada Norie
Art: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 1 Nov 2002
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN: 4-04-926208-8
Price: Y740
Format: A5, 132 pages (4 pages in colour with one special poster)
  This is in a way where this project started. There are four episodes, corresponding to Eps 1 and 2, 3, 4, and 10 of the anime. Although their storylines are similar, the way they are told is pretty different, which makes this book interesting even after watching the anime.
Manga Vol.2 Manga Vol.2
Story: Yamada Norie
Art: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 1 Mar 2003
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN: 4-04-926220-7
Price: Y740
Format: A5, 132 pages (2 pages in colour with one special poster)
  The second half of the manga consists four more episodes and two extra side stories. Not only the latter didn't make into the anime, the main story is also VERY different from the anime. Which is better? I'll leave it to you ^_^
Novel Vol.1 "Natsu to Sora to Shoujo no Omoide" [The Summer and the Sky and the Memory of a Girl]
Author: Kareno Akira
Supervisor: Yamada Norie
Illustrations: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 30 Mar 2003
Publisher: Fujimi Shobou
ISBN: 4-8291-6202-3
Price: Y500
Format: A6, 224 pages (One page in colour)
  The first novel deals with Yume's first "field training". The client is a lady who wants to find something her grandfather left her upon his death. The trouble is she has no idea what he left. Masami tells Yume to go to her hometown with the client and investigate it.
Novel Vol.2 "Mafuyu no Yume no Shijima ni" [In the Silence of the Midwinter Dream]
Author: Kareno Akira
Supervisor: Yamada Norie
Illustrations: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 15 Aug 2003
Publisher: Fujimi Shobou
ISBN: 4-8291-6218-X
Price: Y500
Format: A6, 224 pages (One page in colour)
  Set roughly in the middle of Yume's stay in Tokyo, Yume solves a case with her magic but leaving her client not really happy, which makes her very insecure again. Endou gently tells her that she hasn't found the important thing to be a magic deliverer (yeah, the title itself ^_^). Bewildered, she strolls around Shimokitazawa and meets a very odd and mischievous girl, Nozomi, from Osaka who lived in the town until a couple of years ago. Nozomi tries to cheer her up without much success but Yume soon realises that it is Nozomi who really needs help. She has come back to Tokyo to look for a very important thing to her...
  This is one of the best anime-based novels I've ever read and is a really sweet love story where Yume could (after a lot of trouble ^_^;;) help to bring a happy ending. As a side story, Masami's past is also incorporated in it in an excellent way.
Novel Vol.3 "Yumeiro ni Somaru Shuuten no Shita de" [Under the Autumn Sky Coloured with Dream]
Author: Kareno Akira
Supervisor: Yamada Norie
Illustrations: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 15 Apr 2004
Publisher: Fujimi Shobou
ISBN: 4-8291-6247-3
Price: Y500
Format: A6, 240 pages (Four pages in colour)
  The last (;_;) of the novel series is set in Toono soon after Yume's days in Tokyo. She is now back in her hometown and high school, surrounded by her family and friends. One of them is Hayama Yuuta, her closest friend from their childhood, who secretly adores her (well, "secret" means almost everyone except Yume herself notices/suspects it ^_^;;). One day he notices that Mamoru, his cousin, is behaving strangely recently while Yume also meets the boy by chance. It seems the young boy has just found out that he can use magic and doesn't know what to do with it. Both Yume and Yuuta try to help him out in their own way.
  In this story, Yume sees through Mamoru's struggle her own one about her future. She realises that the license she's got in Tokyo simply means "You may become an official magic deliverer if you want to be." What matters is what kind of a magic deliverer she *wants* to be. The key question "What is important to a magic deliverer?" comes back. In this context, this is a sequel to the anime series, rather than a side story like the two previous novels.
  Whatever, it is another nice story and I only wish they will decide to publish more. BTW, a drawing of "grown-up" Yume by Kumichi is pretty nice ^_^
Primal Primal
Author: Yamada Norie
Illustrations: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 28 Mar 2003
Publisher: Media Factory
ISBN: 4-8401-0737-8
Price: Y857
Format: shinsho-ban, 220 pages (One page and a mini-poster in colour)
  A novel written by Yamada Norie herself takes a form of a series of seven letters from Yume to Oyamada after she came back to Toono from Tokyo. She reports her daily life in her home town but nothing very important in terms of the story development. Instead, she talks a lot about her thoughts and memories, revealing how she grew up in the rural town in the northern Japan.
  So, unlike ordinary sequels, it reveals a lot of what wasn't told but hinted in the anime. For example, her mother's involvement in the creation of the Yokohama Treaty and how inhumanly magic deliverers were treated before then (for example, her father was taken to Houston "practically as a hostage" and forced to work as a human weapon).
  BTW, the book is very good to look at as well. Unlike the other novels, it is printed on high quality paper and colour inks are used (that is, the text is in dark azure, rather than black). Besides, although there are only two "proper" illustrations by Kumichi, the top pages of each chapter has a very small and simple, yet very atmospheric illustrations. It is a real pity that this wonderful book seems already out of print.
 
Taiyou to Kaze no Sakamichi (The Nagasaki Arc)
Manga Vol.1 Manga Vol.1
Story: Yamada Norie
Art: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 1 Jun 2004
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN: 4-04-712359-5
Price: Y580
Format: B5, 180 pages (4 pages in colour)
 
Manga Vol.2 Manga Vol.2
Story: Yamada Norie
Art: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 1 Dec 2004
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN: 4-04-712379-X
Price: Y580
Format: B5, 180 pages (4 pages in colour)
 
Manga Vol.3 Manga Vol.3
Story: Yamada Norie
Art: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 1 May 2005
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN: 4-04-712398-6
Price: Y580
Format: B5, 180 pages (4 pages in colour)
 
Manga Vol.4 Manga Vol.4
Story: Yamada Norie
Art: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 1 Nov 2005
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN: 4-04-712427-3
Price: Y580
Format: B5, 180 pages (4 pages in colour)
 
Novel Vol.1 Novel Vol.1 "Saudade"
Author: Yamada Norie
Illustrations: Yoshizuki Kumichi
Date: 25 Jun 2005
Publisher: Fujimi Shobou
ISBN: 4-8291-1733-8
Price: Y580
Format: A6, 304 pages (4 page in colour)
 

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