Japanese Art Books Digest 02

Posted By yonghow on December 23rd, 2013

This is volume 2 of my new series of “Digest” posts introducing noteworthy Japanese art books. Read the first article here.

1) LUPIN the Third Genga Collection

A collection of genga (keyframe) drawings and layout boards (handpicked by animation director Koike Takeshi) from the 2012 Lupin anime TV series.

– Dimensions – 11.8 x 8.5 x 1 inches
– Hard cover, 128 pages
– Color/B&W, in Japanese
– 3675 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


The official art/guide book for Square Enix’s Bravely Default ( Flying Fairy + For The Sequel ) games, featuring character, background, monster designs and more. Contains art work by famed Square Enix artist Akihiko Yoshida, who also gave us the beautiful art work in the Tactics Ogre Art book ( read review here ).

– Dimensions – 11.6 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 255 pages
– Color, in Japanese
– 2800 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.

3) Redline Genga Collection

A collection of genga drawings from the 2009 Madhouse animated film, directed by Koike Takeshi, who also handpicked the selection of drawings appearing in this book.

– Dimensions – 13.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 127 pages
– Color/B&W, in Japanese
– 3780 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


Art/Visual guide book for Madhouse’s animated film REDLINE, directed by Koike Takeshi. Contains character and mecha (car) designs.

– Dimensions – 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches
– Softcover, 96 pages
– Color/B&W, in Japanese
– 1470 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.

5) Space Pirate Captain Harlock Concept Art Book

The official Art Of book for the 2013 CG animated film (Space Pirate) Captain Harlock. Contains concept art pieces for the characters, spaceships, background art plates, color keys and more.

– Dimensions – 14 x 10 x 0.7 inches
– Hardcover, 95 pages
– Color/B&W, in Japanese
– 3465 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.

6) Yamamoto Nizo – Landscape Painting

An instructional book on the techniques behind background/landscape art painting, by veteran background artist Yamamoto Nizo, who has worked on such great films as Ghibli’s Castle In The Sky and Mamoru Hosoda’s Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Check out his collection of background art work in this other book here.

– Dimensions – 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
– Soft cover, 234 pages
– Color, in Japanese
– 3990 Yen

Amazon Japan purchase link here.


5 Responses to “Japanese Art Books Digest 02”


Thank you for these digest posts. They’re being very helpful. I’ particularly interested in the genga albums and it’s difficult to find (at least in English sites) for which series such albums exist. I’ll definitely try and get my hands on the Redline album in the near future.


Glad you like these digest posts ! I’ll be doing them regularly. :]


The art of Bravely Default is a love letter to Akihiko Yoshida and Bravely Default’s fans.

The information here says 152 pages, but as an owner of the book I can confirm that it has 255 pages.

It’s a really awesome book and I can’t recommend it enough.


Kuso – 255 pages is correct, thanks for pointing that out ! I’ve updated the information but it might take a while before the page cache picks it up. :]

I’ve got a copy ordered myself and I look forward to reading/reviewing it.


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