RahXephon Art Works – Yamada Akihiro Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on March 23rd, 2015

Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book

The World Of Yamada Akihiro – RahXephon Art Works ( 山田章博の世界 ラーゼフォン アートワークス ) is a collection of illustrations and character design sheets from the anime RahXephon, directed by Yutaka Izubuchi.

The character designs are helmed by illustrator/manga artist Yamada Akihiro, whose credits include The Twelve Kingdoms, Record Of Lodoss War : Lady Of Pharis, the live-action Shinobi film and more.

Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Rahxephon Art Works - Yamada Akihiro Art Book

I’ve not watched RahXephon but I’ve always loved Yamada Akihiro’s amazing art work, so this was an easy purchase for me. Recommended for fans of his illustrations and art work.

The World Of Yamada Akihiro – Rahxephon Art Works details :

– Dimensions – 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
– Softcover, 127 pages.
– Full color / B&W, in Japanese language ( book contains mostly art work )

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8 Responses to “RahXephon Art Works – Yamada Akihiro Art Book Review”

Martin

Very nice illustrations and designs.
I’ve only seen bits of the anime but there is a fantastic self-contained episode I highly recommend. It’s episode 15 “Childhood’s End” directed by Mitsuo Iso. On top of direction duties he wrote, story boarded, and largely animated the episode. You can read more about it here http://www.pelleas.net/aniTOP/index.php/mitsuo_iso_interview

Kenouki

I found Rahxephon super confusing and made me think of Evangelion, some people can tell those series are kind of similar in several aspects.

The artwork is beautiful. I love it!!! Thanks for the reccomendation.

yonghow

Martin – Yes I’ve read about Mitsuo Iso’s involvement in this anime too. Thanks for the link !

Kenouki – I’ve not seen the anime so I can’t make comparisons, but on Rahxephon’s wikipedia page there are comparisons to Evangelion as well.

Zack

I’ve not seen this yet, but I’m always disappointed when I see the films or series Yamada has worked on. I love his work, and I would honestly rather see a comic rather than an animation or live action, as his designs are wonderful, but I am just not a fan of the work he is contracted for. I guess my point is that he does his job beautifully, but the result beyond his participation is rarely interesting to me.

yonghow

Zack – I know what you mean. Perhaps his character designs are just too difficult to translate faithfully into anime or live-action films.

I thought Shinobi wasn’t too bad though. 😛

Zack

Hmmm, I would be more willing to attribute it to the lack of imagination in the anime and film market in Japan. While there is a wealth of talent in terms of design, and animation, bigger titles these days are pretty devoid of originality that could even match the visual designs of their work. Writers or production committees seem to gravitate too much to what will sell (which is understandable due to the cost of producing animation) rather than push the envelope in terms of what is possible in animation. Honestly, they are working with the most malleable film form ever, and they would rather make another story about a highschool student who goes back in time to fall in love or fight the same stupid monster version of Nobunaga or some other such historical figure. I’m not saying I don’t like some of these things, but modern mainstream filmmaking and animation in Japan could use a lot of work. Look at the state of videogames in Japan as well; it’s about what studios know will sell rather than pushing the envelope, so they wait for western studios to make something interesting, then remodel their work off of what is selling most. Kojima may be the rare exception right now.

That was so off-topic, sorry!

Petit Orenji

OMFL. I would love to have this. Evangelion’s art direction was one of my favorites… it’s almost Neo-Romantic or Art-Nouveau-Nouveau. Effing genius. And effing gorgeous.

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