Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on September 12th, 2012

Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content.

Jyugoyamonogatari ( A Tale of Fifteen Nights ) is a poem/picture book collaboration between Japanese illustrator Katsuya Terada ( Monkey King, Zenbu, Covergirls ) and writer/novelist Yumemakura Baku.

The story tells of two individuals, Genjikibo and the Dream Monk and their journey of fifteen nights as they search for treasures found “between Heaven and Earth”. In their travels they encounter mythological and fantasy creatures, faeries and…voluptuous naked females, as you would expect from Terada’s art work.

Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book

Any new work by Terada-san is always welcomed, although the level of complexity and detail of the illustrations don’t feel quite as polished as say, his Monkey King or Monkey King 2. Perhaps he is working in a particular style tailored specifically for the literary content of the book. All that said, it is still fantastic art work.

Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book

I’m not a fan of how they typography is presented in the book, however. The layout of the text and images seem sloppy at times, and often Terada’s images are obscured by a clutter of poorly placed text strewn all over.

Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book
Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book

Not the best Terada graphic novel/art book available out there, but fans of his art work will still want to check it out. The relatively low price should make for an easy purchase.

Katsuya Terada’s “Jyugoyamonogatari” graphic novel details :

– Dimensions – 21 x 15 x 1.2 cm
– Softcover, appr. 130 pages
– Full color, in Japanese language

Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book Amazon Japan Buy Link

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2 Responses to “Katsuya Terada : Jyugoyamonogatari Art Book Review”

fony

hello Yonghow
please i wanted to know if there are illustrations on all the pages.
Fony and Mfon the same guy(you probably know that already.lol
great blog as always.
thanks

yonghow

fony – Not on all the pages, but many of them. Worth the price of the book, I think ! :]