Another entry in the Fantastic Collection
line of books, this volume covers the 2002 Godzilla
Against Mechagodzilla. Sadly, this one
isn't as import friendly as others in the series,
as it gets pretty text heavy for a good portion
of the book, while the quality of the images present
isn't as high grade as the series is known for.
The book starts out with a section devoted to
production shots of both Godzilla and Kiryu as
they appear in the film. This part is easily the
highlight of this volume, as there are about 19
pages here devoted to the two with numerous, well
presented, shots of each. Following this is a
four page run down on the mechs seen in the film,
such as the Type 90 Maser Cannon and the Shirasagi,
which includes production shots and concept art.
Like other volumes in the Fantastic Collection,
there is also a large series of stills (204) that
follow the film from beginning to end. After that
is a 8 page "Making of GXMG" section,
which has tons of behind the scenes production
photos related to the film. This part ends with
concept art dedicated to the design of Kiryu.
To this volume's credit, there is a lot of concept
art here, but, sadly, the sketches themselves
are very small.
The book concludes with a lengthy (19 pages)
segment devoted to interviews from the staff behind
Against Mechagodzilla. Unfortunately,
this section is entirely in black and white, and
devoid of many pictures to begin with. This is
followed up by a 12 page glossary section, which
has no pictures to speak of.
Overall, the book has enough going for it to
make a worthy addition to people's collections
if they generally enjoyed Godzilla
Against Mechagodzilla. However, it's
pretty sub par compared with other entries in
the Fantastic Collection series, and not a whole
lot here to make it stand out from other books
on the film. The fact that about 35% of the book
is in black and white, with hardly any pictures,
also makes this far from the most import friendly
volume in the set.