Kimiya Masago – Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on April 29th, 2012

Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book

Japanese manga/illustrator/concept artist Kimiya Masago’s impactful rendering breath life into the numerous titular characters in the Romance Of The Three Kingdoms saga, a part historical, part fictional tale of three warring states set during the Han Dynasty. The stories and characters were probably made more familiar to western audiences after John Woo’s Red Cliff film and games like Dynasty Warriors.

Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book

(above right) The character Zhao Yun, known for his immense skills with the spear, and a big favourite among fans of the story. He and four other generals ( Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, Ma Chao and Huang Zhong form are often known as the Five Tiger Generals.

Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book

Each illustration comes with a short English and Japanese caption with some background information regarding the character.

Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book

Besides full page spreads featuring individual characters, the last section of the book also covers some of the more iconic battles and events that took place throughout the Romance saga, including Battle Of The Red Cliff (image above), made famous by John Woo’s sweeping film adaptation.

Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book
Kimiya Masago - Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book

If you like Kimiya Masago’s style of art, I also recommend his series of graphic novels Suikoden ( The Water Margin ), based on yet another classical Chinese tale where a bunch of highly skilled outlaws band together to fight the corrupt Imperial government.

“Kimiya Masago – Romance Of The Three Kingdoms” art book details :

– Dimensions – 26.2 x 21.8 x 1.8 cm
– Hardcover, 117 pages
– Full color, in Japanese language with English captions

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3 Responses to “Kimiya Masago – Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Art Book Review”

john smalls

Magnificent.

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