I just my 'The Book of G-Shock' today. Just for Taiwanese, Kinokuniya Bookshop has a few of these book in stock. The book is currently retailing for NTD 387.
This is the latest magazine/ book focused on Casio G-Shock. This magazine/ book or more popularly known as mook (MagazinebOOK) is published by Town Mook. It is printed in Japan and the ISBN number is 978-4-19-710214-3 and retails for 933 Yen. The mook measures 30 x 21 cm and is 0.7 cm thick or 100 pages thick (including front and back covers).
As with other Casio G-shock book in the past, the quality of the book and the photographs inside are top notched. Basically this mook covers the latest models from Casio with a focus on the latest Frogman and the multi-band or Atomic function offered by Casio.
The mook starts with an analysis of the Frogman, covering its history and showcasing the latest Frogman GWF-1000-1JF. There is a breakdown of the components that make up the GWF-1000. There is also a coverage of the GW-200Z-1, also known as 'The Last Frogman'.
Then it touches on 'The Master of G' collection. It covers the models, Riseman, Mudman and Gulfman. There are some nice pictures of the models available. This is followed by a chapter covering the new model GW-5000.
Next we have a section with interviews of current G-Shock collectors in Japan. The interview covers a cross section of G-Shock collectors. Nice.
Then we have a section on the MR-G and MT-G. This section shows a number of MR-G and MT-G that is currently being offered by Casio. There are also photographs showing the factory where the MT-G and MR-G are made.
Next we find the section on the development of the now very popular Casio G-Men. Too bad I can't read and understand Japanese. There are lots of nice photographs.
The mook ends with a coverage of some of the G-Shocks available from Casio and also a report on the recent concluded Shock The World Tour.
Overall, I find the mook interesting. It is necessary reading for Casio G-Shock collectors, but makes an interesting read for those who are just curious about what is the deal with Casio and G-Shock. There are lots of photographs and these helps (a bit) for those who cannot understand Japanese (like me).