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Heroes and Heroines: Japanese Video Game + Animation Illustration Paperback – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: PIE International; Bilingual edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4756241697
  • ISBN-13: 978-4756241696
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yoshiyuki Oba is an editor for PIE International.

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Personally, I find the title perfectly describes the art book.
J. Chan
What I refer to are those great Japanese art books which contain a lot of production sketches and designs.
Christopher Barrett
Would recommend for anyone interested in gorgeous Japanese-style/anime-esque art.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:13 Mins
Heroes & Heroines is a 208 page book that features character designs from Japanese video games and animation. Only titles from 2009 to late 2011 are included.

The illustrations are grouped by the 69 artists who created them. Since so many artists are included, only a selection of their works are featured. Those would be the main characters they designed.

The character designs are wonderful. The variety is incredible, especially for the costumes. It's also quite a good reference for poses too.

Some of the titles included are Persona4, Shining Force EXA, Eden of the East, Fate/Zero, Bayonetta, and more. I've not seen many of the titles before. Many of the Japanese titles are not exported for sale overseas.

The work on the cover is from the video game Catherine, designed by Soejima Shigenori, whose interview is one of the two included. The other interview is with character designer Kaneda Eiji and producer Yoshizawa Junichi for the Rezel Cross PSP game. All text in the book are in both Japanese and English.

If you like Japanese characters and art, this book is highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chan on October 6, 2012
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This book is a sample platter of art in video games and animation (of recent fame). Each page has a brief paragraph intro to the artists and where the work(s) comes from.

Personally, I find the title perfectly describes the art book. It is a great tool for fleshing out an artistic direction and main character design while being a good reference for posing.

However, don't expect a traditional breakdown of a character's development drafts and design notes) as this is arguably a collection of promotion pieces and finalized concept art.

Again, this book serves as a launching point to current popular artists and does a fantastic job of doing so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2013
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The book has a lot less content than I hoped. This isn't a design book, which I had hoped. What I refer to are those great Japanese art books which contain a lot of production sketches and designs. This book is really more of a final character photo / poster photo book. The art included for many anime series and games is the art designed for the covers of the cases.

Still, it's nice to check it all out. But I had hoped for some 'rougher' pictures instead of just a lot of cut and paste final designs.

The other reservation is that the book is printed left to right, not the right to left style used in Japan. It doesn't appear that they mirrored the images (the Kanji on a couple of character shirts is still the correct way and not mirrored). It seems they just flipped pages, so normally you have (imagine the slash as the crease in the book):

imageA on page 1 / imageB on page 2

and they flipped so it is:

imageB on page 1 / imageA on page 2

But I have been happier with actual Japanese design and art books specific to particular artists or series instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By motaku96 on April 22, 2013
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This is an unusual artbook. Mostly because it doesn't have an obvious theme. With other artbooks, it's usually all work from a certain franchise, or from a specific artist. This one is just all over the place. It covers everything from anime, to video games. The art selection is really great. It's like they took the best works from the best artists and threw them all together. Some works that you wouldn't really expect to see in artbooks, like 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors get featured so that's certainly nice. I really must commend this artbook on being 'current' as it originally came out in 2011, yet it covers the visual novels/light novels that recently got anime adaptations. It's like they knew what was going to be popular. Considering there isn't much text in the book, I could've just imported it from Japan, but I appreciate this as it's cheaper and easier to get my hands on it. So the only downside to this is that it doesn't have a specific focus, so I don't feel like looking through every page and seeing the progression of a work. I usually just open it up to a random page and take in the beauty.
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By CW on January 8, 2014
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I bought this for an Xmas gift for my son who love drawing. He was extremely pleased with the book because of the collections.
Nice printing- excellent quality.
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While this isn't filled completely with full page color images, it has TONS of great art and characters. The cover is a little misleading, it has images which I would consider to be borderline "ecchi" (I'm an american so please excuse me if I'm wrong) in addition to works with no racy content at all. It covers a wide spectrum of games and shows, and is an excellent character reference.

It's not the largest book, but it's size doesn't affect the great art and information.

An Excellent buy at a good price. Cheers! :)
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By LAMESAUCE on January 7, 2013
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This book has great illustrations and is a great guide for looking up an anime or game to watch or play.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on December 28, 2012
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Excelente calidad del papel, una gran cantidad de personajes y buenas poses, lo mejor de todo es que tiene lo mas actualizado de los últimos anime y juegos
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