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Mega Man: Official Complete Works Paperback – December 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Mega Man
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897376790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897376799
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyhow...Promotional art, enemies, bosses, anniversary pictures, international covers, level sketches, you name it!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 9, 2010
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Mega Man: Official Complete Works is actually a half of the 336-page Japanese art book "R20" which was published in March 2008 to celebrate Mega Man's 20th anniversary. It's nice to have Capcom translate the book into English. The other half is Mega Man X: Official Complete Works.

This book retains the paperback format, low gloss pages and layout. The cover has a glossy embossed Mega Man printed against a matte cover. It's very beautiful and Mega Man pops out nicely.

There are both good and bad in releasing the original book as two volumes in English. The bad, of course, is the higher price. The good is the it's thinner and more friendly to the book spine. By comparison, my 320-page "SF20: The Art of Street Fighter", also from Capcom, has slight spine creases when I open the book wide.

The art inside is arranged by chronological order and game platforms. The book is filled with colourful character designs, sketches and illustrations from game covers, manga and other merchandise. The variety is amazing. The pages are packed with so many versions of powered up Mega Man, the bosses and enemies. Whatever you can think of is probably found in this book.

It's nostalgic looking at some of the art, especially those that I've played so many years ago. There are a few comic strips behind and one interesting one is on the birth of Mega Man. There aren't any screen shots of the game itself though.

Accompanying the designs are lots of quotes from the Japanese artists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Carlo on January 5, 2010
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It's hard to explain the joy of seeing this after watching the product page for months and enduring a minor delay. I'll make it simple, Mega Man: Official Complete Works is a translated art book that features classic Mega Man art of all sorts. Well, it's half of a Japanese artbook anyway. The other half being what we have as the Mega Man X: Official Complete Works, I'd think it's more convenient for different sides of the fanbase that way, and at a lower price point.

Anyhow...Promotional art, enemies, bosses, anniversary pictures, international covers, level sketches, you name it! I can't believe the the amount of pure art that's packed within these pages, all beautiful enough to look at again and again. One of the best parts of any art book, at least for me, are the comments from the original artists saying how they thought about a particular piece. You really get to see the passion put into what seems like 'standard' promotional art. Other things like a mini manga showing the origin of Mega Man and an interview with Keiji Inafune help round out an already great release.

Udon obviously put heart into bringing this over, and it shows. The translation seems pure yet recognizable to any Mega Man fan, with art that isn't messed with at all. For example, for each section by game, it uses the original 'Rockman' Japanese logos with translation notes put to the side, and it saves what could be messy editing as well as pleasing any art purists. The book is printed gorgeously as well, with plenty of full color art on really nice paper in a nice paperback binding. This is my first art book from them, and well, I'm very impressed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Dimas De Almeida on March 25, 2010
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This is a complete must for MegaMan fans. Containing every official artwork from the series up to 2007, when this book was originally released (the exception being some of the american covers, but I'm actually glad those were left out, since I really don't feel like looking at the hideous US Megaman 1 and 2 covers ever again :P), also present are comments from some of the staff and tons of sketches and early concepts.

The book format is great, the cover is beautiful, and it's an overall great presentation. The reason I gave it 4 stars though, is because I have zero tolerance for censorship, and unfortunately, Udon decided to use the American/European color scheme for Oilman, even in the sketches. It's very inconsistent though, as there's 2 ilustrations that use his normal color scheme (one of them even being in the cover), but still, it's very sad to see this kind of thing. If you personally don't have a problem with that, consider this a 5 star review, because that's really the only thing I can complain about ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph K. Garrahan Barrera on February 24, 2010
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This book is completely amazing, full of behind the scenes info from all the artists. High quality paper and printing. I am replaying all the games again, just to see the art in context. Covers every original mega man game up to 8, with concept art & sketches. Mega Man 9 & 10 are not here, since they are brand new games.

I never thought I would be able to see so much mega man art, my only thing is that Mega Man 8, which has the most hand drawn art, doesn't have as much images as 7, for example. I'm sure you could fill a whole book with just 8. But it is incredible anyway. Thanks for making it!
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