Gatchaman – Kuri Ippei Art Works Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 20th, 2013

Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book

Kuri Ippei (whose real name is Toyoharu Yoshida) is a manga artist most well known for his co-creation of the 70s hit anime series Gatchaman (Battle Of The Planets). Together with his brothers Tatsuo and Kenji Yoshida, they founded the anime studio Tatsunoko.

This book is a collection of his illustration works created for the numerous anime series by Studio Tatsunoko, including Speed Racer (see image below), Gatchaman, Casshan and many more.

Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book

Gatchaman is the only Tatsunoko anime I am more familiar with, though it was created quite a while before my time. It seems a Japanese live-action film is planned for release in August 2013, though it doesn’t look like a high quality production to me (yet). Check out the teaser below :

Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book

(above) Illustrations for the anime series Casshan, which was adapted into a live action film (Casshern) directed by Japanese MTV director Kazuaki Kiriya. ( then husband of singer Utada Hikaru ). The film had some fairly promising visuals and action sequences but ultimately fell short in the narrative department.  There’s also a 2008 anime franchise reboot called Casshern Sins, but I am unaware of its quality. Any readers who have seen it can fill us in, please.

Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book
Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book

(above) There is also a section near the end of the book dedicated to his personal art works, as well as some previously unreleased art pieces.

Gatchaman - Kuri Ippei Art Works Book

“Gatchaman – Kuri Ippei Art Works” details :

– Dimensions – 9.5 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
– Softcover, 205 pages
– Color, in Japanese

Note : The slipcase cover for the book doubles as a detachable foldout poster, and as such the spine binding is a little delicate, flimsy even. Use caution when browsing the book.

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3 Responses to “Gatchaman – Kuri Ippei Art Works Book Review”

artbookenthusiast

Absolutely beautiful, high quality artbook. A friend bought it on a whim, not knowing what it contained, and going through it for the first time was a very pleasant surprise for both of us. As it turns out, Kuri Ippei was involved in the creation of a lot of shows from our childhood.

The illustrations are gorgeous and the quality is great, I loved it from beginning to end. I’m considering buying a copy for myself in the future.

yonghow

artbookenthusiast – I was fortunate enough to be able to browse the book in a store in Tokyo before I purchased my copy, but I had a pretty good hunch it was good when I picked it up. :]

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