The Artbox brand is manufactured by the Amada Printing Manufacturing Company; from mid-2005 the marketing operation has been split off as a separate company called Ensky. For historical notes and some more details, see the manufacturers page.
In days gone by you opened a jigsaw puzzle box, and inside were just the pieces! But Japanese puzzles come with various extra bits and pieces. The assumption is that you will only do the puzzle once, then glue it together for wall mounting, to impress your friends.
2 Missing piece postcard (Details on request)
3 Sachet of jigsaw puzzle glue (principal ingredient polyvinyl alcohol - PVA)
4 "Mystery object" (glue spreader)
Doing the puzzle
Ignore the strict instructions to do the edge pieces first: put the bits together in any order you like. If you want to display the puzzle, you can use the glue to stick it together. Spread a sheet of clean but unwanted paper under the completed puzzle, with the puzzle the right way up. (Some people say it's best to do this on a sheet of glass, which the puzzle won't stick to.) Then pour the glue over the front of the puzzle: spread it out carefully with the mystery object, so all the joints get neatly filled with glue. It should dry with a nice glossy finish. It is a good idea to practice on a small puzzle before you try this on a really large one.
Disclaimer: I have very limited experience of gluing puzzles - I usually break them up to do again some day. But I have had some success with trompe l'oeil murals!
Please note: Actual box contents may vary slightly - if you find any major discrepancies, please let us know.
The Artbox website is here: https://www.ensky.co.jp. There are now two index pages. The first, "Puzzle topics", has a list of all the characters appearing, unfortunately not in any obvious order (they are arranged in Japanese phonetic a-i-u-e-o order). The second, "Puzzle types", lists the different sizes of puzzles, and variations such as the "crystal" translucent puzzles. The following links lead to the first page of products for each character, with page navigation at the top and bottom if there is more than one page. Click the thumbnail for details.
The small numbers in parenthesis show the approximate number of puzzles in each category. (These may be missing or out of date; the Artbox catalog is updated frequently, and categories often come and go.)
Love Live! School Idol Project (8) - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight (1) - SSSS.Gridman (1) - Baby Godzilla (1) - PreCure series (3) - Darling in the Franxx (3) - Revue Starlight (1) - Pokemon quest (2) - Future Card Buddyfight Ace (1) - Uma Musume Pretty Derby (3) - Urusei Yatsura (2) - Steins;Gate 0 (2) - Zoids Wild (1) - Golden Kamuy (1) - Guardians of the Galaxy (1) - Little bear's cake shop (1) - Oshiri tantei (1) - Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (1) - Hoshin Engi (1) - Neko-no-hi manga (1) - Magical Circle Guru Guru (1) - Kopen-chan (2) - Nisio Isin (13) - Fate/stay night (2) - Kamen Rider Build (2) - Kirby's Dream Land (6) - Poupelle of Chimney Town (3) - Kado: The Right Answer (1) - Makoto Shinkai (10) - In This Corner of the World (1) - Yoshihito Sugahara (10) - Kamen Rider series (10) - Yuri on Ice (2) - Mr. Osomatsu (2) - And your name is... (6) (Remake of famous radio drama) - GeGeGe no Kitarō (1) (Dec17: Animation by Mizuki Shigeru) - My Hero Academia (10) - Rilu Rilu Fairilu (1) - Studio Ghibli (229) (Shows all of the Miyazaki animations) - Sanrio characters (8) - Gintama series (10) - Yo-Kai Watch (4) (Role-playing video game) - My Neighbor Totoro (104) (Miyazaki animation) - Dragon Ball (29) - Kiki's Delivery Service (42) (Miyazaki animation) - Haikyū!! (3) - Hatsune Miku (1) (Vocaloid character) - Splatoon (11) - Pocket Monsters (27) - Kamen Rider Ghost (1) - List of Mario games by year (7) - Rilakkuma (16) (relaxing bear ) - Doraemon (10) - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (1) - One Piece (72) (TV animation) - Detective Conan (6) - Sailor Moon (5) ("Crystal" means the anime series; not all translucent puzzles) - Bakemonogatari (11) - Naruto Shippuden (2) ("Hurricane Chronicles") - Fujiko F. Fujio characters (9) (Creators of Doraemon and others) - Sumikko-gurashi (9) ("Living in the corner") - Girls und Panzer (5) - Aikatsu! Idol Activity (1) - Kamen Rider Drive (1) - Laputa, castle in the sky (21) (Miyazaki animation) - Monster Hunter series (5) - Spirited away (15) (Miyazaki animation) - Sword Art Online (1) - When Marnie Was There (1) (Studio Ghibli animation) - Kamen Rider Gaim (1) - Inazuma Eleven series (1) - Whisper of the Heart (6) (Miyazaki animation ) - Nausicaä (4) - Princess Mononoke (9) (Miyazaki animation) - Ponyo on the cliff by the sea (5) (Miyazaki animation) - The Borrower Arrietty (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Howl's moving castle (9) (Miyazaki animation) - Grave of the Fireflies (1) (Studio Ghibli animation) - From up on Poppy Hill (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Porco Rosso (7) (Miyazaki animation) - The Tale of Princess Kaguya (1) (Studio Ghibli) - The wind rises (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Ghiblies (1) - Kamen Rider Wizard (1) - Persona (series) (1) - Works by Fujio Akatsuka (2) - Kamen Rider Fourze and Ooo (1)
Art board puzzles (3) - Three-D puzzles (9) - Crystal (88) - 100-199 pieces (61) - 200-299 pieces (59) - 300-499 pieces (143) - 500-999 pieces (58) - 1000 pcs and over (117) - Mini-puzzles (101) - Large pieces (42) - Other puzzles (5)
(Updated November 2018)
The Artbox product codes all start with the piece count, then a hyphen, then a code number: e.g., 1000-29 is a 1000-piece puzzle. Imaginatorium Shop item codes for Artbox all begin with 'N' (for "Ensky", as none of the letters in 'Artbox' was available!) followed by a condensed version, with the first two digits indicating the number of pieces. So the above is N1029, then N03xxx means 300 pieces, N20yyy means 2000 pieces, N95zzz means 950 pieces, and so on.