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 Ensky (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 (These may be missing or out of date; the Artbox catalog is updated frequently, and categories often come and go.)
Quiz RPG: The World of Mystic Wiz (1) - Curious George (1) - Kingdom (manga) (2) - Dogengers "Nice body" (1) - Taiko no Tatsujin (1) (Drum Master) - Chainsaw Man (6) - National sports stadia (2) - Mazica Party (1) - Rurouni Kenshin (2) - Tokyo Revengers (1) - Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō (1) (the mystery sweetshop) - Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (4) - Earwig and the Witch (3) - The World Ends with You (the animation) (1) - Pretty Boy Detective Club (1) - Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger (1) - I-Chu (1) - SK8 the Infinity (1) - Dark Souls (1) - Kemono Jihen (1) - Pui Pui Molcar (3) (Children's anime) - Spy × Family (2) - Final Fantasy XIV (1) - Tokyo fantasy (11) - Jujutsu Kaisen (Sorcery fight) (4) - Identity V (3) - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (42) - Love Live! School Idol Project (8) - The Quintessential Quintuplets (2) - Dr. Stone (2) - Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (5) - Chiko-chan (1) - Evangelion (2) - BT21 (7) - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (4) - Uma Musume Pretty Derby (1) - Golden Kamuy (1) - Black Clover (2) - Eleven cats (2) - Fate/stay night (5) - Kirby's Dream Land (10) - Poupelle of Chimney Town (3) - Kamen Rider series (6) - My Hero Academia (8) - Studio Ghibli (282) (Shows all of the Miyazaki animations) - Godzilla vs. Evangelion (2) - Free! (TV series) (2) - Gintama series (4) - My Neighbor Totoro (98) (Miyazaki animation) - Dragon Ball (24) - Kiki's Delivery Service (56) (Miyazaki animation) - Haikyū!! (3) - Splatoon (7) - Pokémon (42) - Super Mario (7) - Rilakkuma (3) (relaxing bear ) - Doraemon (12) - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (4) - One Piece (85) (TV animation) - Detective Conan (10) - Sailor Moon (13) ("Crystal" means the anime series; not all translucent puzzles) - Naruto Shippuden (2) ("Hurricane Chronicles") - Ultraman (1) - Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion (1) - Sumikko-gurashi (32) ("Living in the corner") - Attack on Titan (4) - World Trigger (1) - Laputa, castle in the sky (14) (Miyazaki animation) - Monster Hunter series (2) - Spirited away (37) (Miyazaki animation) - Dragon Quest (1) - Whisper of the Heart (14) (Miyazaki animation ) - Nausicaä (5) - Princess Mononoke (10) (Miyazaki animation) - Ponyo on the cliff by the sea (6) (Miyazaki animation) - The Borrower Arrietty (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Howl's moving castle (14) (Miyazaki animation) - Grave of the Fireflies (1) (Studio Ghibli animation) - Porco Rosso (11) (Miyazaki animation) - The Tale of Princess Kaguya (1) (Studio Ghibli) - The wind rises (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Ghiblies (1)
Puzzles (and others) (26)
(Updated September 2021)
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.