Japanese Art Books Digest 05

Posted By yonghow on August 14th, 2014

Japanese Art Books Digest 05 - Dragonball, Evangelion 3.0

This is volume 5 of my series of “Digest” posts introducing noteworthy Japanese art books. Do also check out the 1st , 2nd, 3rd and 4th issues.


1) Dragonball Super Illustrations – Akira Toriyama

Dragonball Super Illustrations - Akira Toriyama art book

A 240 paged art book dedicated to what is probably one of the most popular manga in recent history, Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball. There’s a ton of great illustrations from the entire history of the comic franchise, check out some preview images here.

If you are a fan of Akira Toriyama’s illustrations also be sure to take a look at his other art book – The Art of Toriyama Akira – The World Special.

– Dimensions – 27.4 x 19.4 x 3 cm
– 239 pages, soft cover, color, in Japanese & English
– 3909 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


2) Kantai Korekushon Art Book 

Kantai Korekushon Art Book

A collection of illustrations and character sheets from the popular online card game/manga/anime Kantai Korekushon ( Kancolle/Fleet Girls ). Some preview images from the book can be seen on Amazon.

– Dimensions – 25.6 x 18.2 x 3.4 cm
– 437 pages, Color, in Japanese
– 2916 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


3) Hyper Weapon 2014 – The Way to Varellous

Hyper Weapon 2014 - The Way to Varellous Art Book

Gorgeous mecha illustrations and design by Kobayashi Makoto. Check out some preview pages on the official page here. The 2013 book looks equally good too.

– Dimensions – 25.6 x 21 x 1.2 cm
– Color, 126 pages.
– In Japanese
– 4104 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


4) Narita Toru Art Works

Narita Toru Art Works - Tokusatsu, Ultraman, Kaiju

A huge volume showcasing Tokusatsu/Ultraman/Kaiju illustrations and art work of designer/sculptor Narita Toru. Check out some images from the book here.

– Dimensions – 25.6 x 18.8 x 4 cm
– Softcover, 400 pages
– Color, in Japanese
– 5400 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


5) The 12 Kingdoms Art Works Vol 1 – Yamada Akihiro

The 12 Kingdoms Art Works Vol 1 - Yamada Akihiro

A collection of illustrations by Yamada Akihiro ( Record Of Lodoss War ) for Fuyumi Ono’s series of light novels The 12 Kingdoms. Contains 27 color + 68 B&W art pieces.

– Dimensions – 29.4 x 22.8 x 1.2 cm
– soft cover, 103 pages
– Color/B&W, in Japanese
– 3240 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


6) Evangelion 3.0 Genga Collection Vol 1

Evangelion 3.0 Genga Collection Vol 1

Genga ( key animation drawings ) from the 3rd Rebuild Of Evangelion series of films. The animation in this series is absolutely mindblowing ( see this older post ) and the genga art pieces really showcase the incredible drawings used to create the film.

– Dimensions – 29.8 x 20.6 x 2.2 cm
– Soft cover, 384 pages
– Color/Monochrome, in Japanese
– 3780 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here. ( Volume 1 ) | ( Volume 2 )


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