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 (These may be missing or out of date; the Artbox catalog is updated frequently, and categories often come and go.)
Uma Musume Pretty Derby (5) - Pui Pui Molcar (3) (Children's anime) - Kamen Rider Revice (2) - Minecraft (7) - Identity V (3) - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (46) - Blue Period (1) (Manga series) - Girls' Frontline (2) - The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II (1) - Kirby's Dream Land (12) - World Trigger (1) - Doraemon (14) - Pokémon (55) - BT21 (13) - Spy × Family (2) - SK8 the Infinity (1) - Blue HamHam (1) - Sailor Moon (13) ("Crystal" means the anime series; not all translucent puzzles) - My Hero Academia (11) - One Piece (91) (TV animation) - Splatoon (7) - Sumikko-gurashi (37) ("Living in the corner") - Studio Ghibli (321) (Shows all of the Miyazaki animations) - Golden Kamuy (1) - Love All Play (2) - Chainsaw Man (6) - Boss Baby (1) - Quiz RPG: The World of Mystic Wiz (1) - Dragon Quest (2) - Spirited away (38) (Miyazaki animation) - Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion (1) - Rilakkuma (3) (relaxing bear ) - Oshiri tantei (1) - Akebi's Sailor Uniform (1) - Attack on Titan (4) - Curious George (1) - Kingdom (manga) (2) - Laputa, castle in the sky (16) (Miyazaki animation) - Super Mario (7) - Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (4) - Detective Conan (13) - Monster Hunter series (5) - Eleven cats (2) - Tokyo Revengers (1) - Fall Guys (1) - Dogengers "Nice body" (1) - Howl's moving castle (14) (Miyazaki animation) - The Borrower Arrietty (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Ponyo on the cliff by the sea (6) (Miyazaki animation) - Princess Mononoke (11) (Miyazaki animation) - Whisper of the Heart (14) (Miyazaki animation ) - Sword Art Online (2) - Waccha PriMagi! (1) - Platinum End (1) - Megaton class Musashi (1) - Porco Rosso (13) (Miyazaki animation) - The Red Turtle (1) - Gintama series (4) - Link Click (2) - Ranking of Kings (1) - A Couple of Cuckoos (4) - Shocker (Kamen Rider) (1) - Naruto Shippuden (2) ("Hurricane Chronicles") - Dragon Ball (28) - Godzilla vs. Evangelion (3) - Kamen Rider series (8) - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (4) - Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (5) - Nausicaä (6) - Puella Magi Madoka Magica (3) - Yo-Kai Watch (1) (Role-playing video game) - Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō (1) (the mystery sweetshop) - Earwig and the Witch (3) - Evangelion (2) - Mazica Party (1) - Kemono Jihen (1) - Jujutsu Kaisen (Sorcery fight) (7) - Tokyo fantasy (11) - The Tale of Princess Kaguya (1) (Studio Ghibli) - Black Clover (2) - Love Live! School Idol Project (8) - The Quintessential Quintuplets (2) - My Neighbor Totoro (117) (Miyazaki animation) - Kiki's Delivery Service (66) (Miyazaki animation) - Dr. Stone (2) - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (5) - Ghiblies (1) - Chickip dancers (1) - Chiko-chan (1) - Fantastic Beasts (2) - Shohei Ohtani (1) (May21: ) - National sports stadia (2) - Fate/stay night (6) - Free! (TV series) (2) - Haikyū!! (3) - Ultraman (6) - When Marnie Was There (1) (Studio Ghibli animation) - Grave of the Fireflies (1) (Studio Ghibli animation) - From up on Poppy Hill (1) (Miyazaki animation) - The wind rises (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Code Geass (2)
Puzzles (and others) (26)
(Updated April 2022)
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.