Heidi, Girl Of The Alps – Kotabe Yoichi Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 27th, 2015

Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book

Heidi, Girl Of The Alps (アルプスの少女ハイジ) is a 1974 anime series directed by Isao Takahata, based on the Swiss novel Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning by Johanna Spyri (1880). Despite its old age the series is still very popular in Japan, and the love for Heidi continues to draw many Japanese visitors to the Swiss Alps today.

This art book features the illustrations from the series by Kotabe Yoichi, who served as character designer / animation director on the film.

Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book

Besides Takahata and Kotabe, Numerous anime luminaries also worked on the show, including Toyoo Ashida (co-character design, animation director), Yoshiyuki Tomino (storyboard, screenplay), and Hayao Miyazaki (scene design, layout, screenplay).

Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book

(above) From L to R – Three of the creators of the series on their location hunt/research trip to the Swiss Alps, Miyazaki, Kotabe and Takahata.

Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book
Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book

A quaint classic that has withstood the test of time, Kotabe-san’s austere but beautiful watercolor illustrations are delightfully soothing to look at. Recommended.

Heidi Girl Of The Alps Kotabe Yoichi Art Book details :

– Dimensions – 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
– Softcover, 111 pages
– Full color, in Japanese

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2 Responses to “Heidi, Girl Of The Alps – Kotabe Yoichi Art Book Review”

Vinicius Pires

Thanks a lot for this review. I really plan on buying this artbook. Heidi is Takahata’s grand masterpiece, alongside Marco (haven’t watched Anne of Green Gables yet, but will do next month). Speaking of Marco, do you know if there’s a artbook for it on the style of this one (Kotabe’s illustrations)? I have searched for that but haven’t found anything. In fact, illustrations for Marco are hard to find even on Google.

martin

beautiful. young miyazaki looks so cool and laid back in that one photo.