This was a joint effort with me and Coconut. He bought, scan, cleaned up, and did the lion-share of the editing. I just did the decensoring. We've been working on this project for over a year going back and forth tweaking to get the best out the Rustle images. Coconut even went to the effort of scanning images with a flashlight behind the censoring which would help give some detail to what was underneath. So giant shout out goes to him.
He's a note he wanted me to include with the blog post.
I first saw this book when it was uploaded to exhentai in May 2012, and I immediately fell head-over-heals in love with it. Being an avid fan of both Rustle and fighting games, I feel like this book was tailor made to fit my interests. Even looking past its quality as a porn book, the beauty and detail of some of the images just took my breath away. Despite being quite far outside Rustle’s usual purview, I believe this represents some of his most outstanding work to date.
Unfortunately, the scans that were uploaded were utterly horrible. Dust everywhere, badly leveled, over-cropped, zero denoising, and JPG’d to death just to top it all off. It wasn’t until I got the physical book myself that I realized that the original scanner wasn’t completely at fault; the print and paper quality of this particular book can only be described as abysmal.
Nevertheless, I decided to make a project of producing the most beautiful scans I could. It was a huge amount of work and took way longer than I thought it would, but now that they’re done, I feel so happy to have taken on the project. I finally feel like the scan quality is commensurate with the art quality.
Thanks to Aoie of yande.re for helping me when I was just starting out and had no idea what I was doing! Massive thanks to Belldandy100 for teaching me how to level colors and for an amazing decensor. And of course, the biggest thanks to the creators of Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Denoise, and Sattva Descreen, without which this would have been a completely futile endeavor.