The Twelve Kingdoms – Yamada Akihiro Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on December 25th, 2014

Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book

The Twelve Kingdoms ( Juni Kokuki ) is a collection of illustration work by manga/concept artist Yamada Akihiro ( Lodoss War : Lady Of Pharis, RahXephon ) for the anime The Twelve Kingdoms, based on a series of light novels by Ono Fuyumi.

Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book

The premise behind Twelve Kingdoms is based heavily on Chinese mythology, as evident in the costumes of the characters in the illustrations. The quasi-Chinese get-up of the characters can be a little disconcerting for those familiar with Chinese culture, for it’s a hit-and-miss with the authenticity of his designs; although no fault can be found with the superb quality of his art work.

Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book

(above & below) In some of the monochrome art pieces Yamada-san tries to emulate the style of Chinese ink paintings. For those who are interested in Chinese mythology, I also highly recommend the art books by Kimiya Masago, for the Suikoden ( The Water Margin ) and Romance Of The Three Kingdoms.

Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book
Twelve Kingdoms - Yamada Akihiro Art Book

A beautiful collection of illustrations from The Twelve Kingdoms novels. This is an easy recommendation for fans of Yamada Akihiro’s art work or the anime.

Twelve Kingdoms – Yamada Akihiro art book details :

– Dimensions – 29.4 x 22.8 x 1.2 cm
– Softcover with dust jacket, 103 pages.
– Full color / B&W, in Japanese language ( book contains mostly art work )

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7 Responses to “The Twelve Kingdoms – Yamada Akihiro Art Book Review”

DISTRAKT

Beautiful work no question! (((BERSERKER)))

Kenouki

The artwork is really detailed and beautiful, but certainly the Chinese themes are visibly more Japanese-like.

alua

Very beautiful.

Some of them sort of remind me of Art Noveaux style!

yonghow

DISTRAKT – Ditto. :]

Kenouki – Probably Yamada-san’s Japanese aesthetics at work. 😛

alua – Yes ! I can see hints of Mucha’s influence.

whitezero

how i wish a new anime of this series.

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