Makoto Shinkai (Voices Of A Distant Star, 5 Centimeters) is an astonishing artist. This art book for his latest animated film “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” showcases the many breathtaking background plates used in the film, and is an absolute delight :
The book is printed in the same landscape format as the one for 5 Centimeters (read the review here) and allows for big, full page spreads of his gorgeous background art. I wish more Japanese art books were published in this format.
(above and below) The bulk of the book is dedicated to the background art, but there are some select character design sheets, layout and image boards near the end of the book, as well as interviews with the key creative staff ( in Japanese only. )
I wish I could enjoy Makoto-san’s films more but his narrative style was never to my taste; the art work however, is positively amazing and definitely worth the price of this book. Recommended.
“Makoto Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices” artbook details :
Dimensions – 26 x 18.6 x 1.6 cm
Softcover, 191 pages. Comes with slipcase.
Full color, In Japanese
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