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Persona 3: Official Design Works Paperback – July 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192677843X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926778433
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:54 Mins
This is the video game art book for the highly acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3.

The Japanese edition of this book (ISBN 4757730942) was originally published in 2006. Udon does a great job at translation, as usual. The book only has 144 pages so that's quite thin compared to other Udon art books.

It collects the character designs, sketches, storyboards, backgrounds, miscellaneous in game items, and interviews with the creators, producer and director Katsura Hashino and Shigenori Soejima.

The character designs are from Shigenori Soejima who designs not just this but for other Persona games as well. The character designs are in the form of coloured illustrations, sketches, in-game screenshots of poses and costume changes. Chapter 2 covers Persona and Shadow. Initial and ultimate Persona are both included.

The background art consist of sketches and the coloured version. It's a short section with 6 pages. There are only 6 colour illustrations and each is printed smaller than quarter-page size. The sketches are larger but not all sketches have coloured versions included.

There are a few pages of splash art. Some you might have seen in Shigenori Soejima Artworks SC. Not much is duplicated.

It's a good book but I feel that fans of the game and the Persona series will enjoy it more.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LMM_s on August 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I checked the video review here at amazon, I thought this would be a good but thin book with the main illustrations that make the game. I was completely wrong. This book covers practically every concept art made about all the characters (even minor ones), backgrounds, Personas, even some common enemies were covered, along with plenty of text to explain the reasoning behind the designs.

On top of that, the book itself looks really fancy, the cover is shiny and the internal texts have a glossy feel to them. Recommend it to any fan of the Persona series or fans of concept art in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shayne on September 16, 2012
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If you never got the limited edition of Persona 3 or if you are a fan of Persona 3 then this is the book for you. This books showcases all of Shigenore Soejima line art and rendering that went into creating P3. There are even little commentary spread through out the book describing his intention and the emotions and feeling that he wanted to capture as well as unused art that wasn't in the game, like the original design of the main character. Their is 140 pages of stills and artwork from P3 in this book and they are breath taking. A great art book that should be picked up by anyone who is a fan of Shigenore and/or Persona 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikoli on September 26, 2012
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First off, I just want to say that I am not a fan of most "art" books, even if I love the artist(s) or series. I don't buy a book just to LOOK at full page pictures. I want to see where the artist/design team first started when they came up with the idea and how it transformed into what we know now. I like being able to read their thoughts and comments on each step or the design over all. This book does NOT disappoint, and does a great job of letting the reader see into the minds' of the game's brilliant team.

Persona 3: Official Design Works starts off with some nice promotional art and then leads into breakdowns of each character, all the story-relevant Personas, some shadows and enemies, the "world" itself, some color charts, and lastly into a lengthy interview with the game's producer and art director about the themes of the game. It's well composed, and has got some great early/rough drafts, some of which I almost wish they used instead. Ha.

My only real complaint was that they only threw in the rough drafts for a handful of characters, some of which I believe didn't even really warrant the attention. I love rough drafts, because I believe they do a great job of letting you see... well everything I mentioned int he first paragraph. Yukari has the most, filling up a whole three pages, but many just have a sketch or two labeled "final design". I'd love to pretend the design team was so genius they got every character right the first time, but... I doubt it. I understand some early drafts might have been deemed so embarrassing, atrocious, or just plain unworthy to be seen by human eyes they decided not to include them, but a few more wouldn't have hurt.

Besides that, overall it was a great buy and I definitely can't wait until my copy of Persona 4: Official Design Works shows up the mail!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hell Monkey on December 19, 2012
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Whether you are an old fan of Persona 3 or new to the series this is a must have art book. It does include some of the art that was included with the original PS2 game's artbook, but it also has plenty of new material. The book is well done and beautiful to look at. Udon got the translation spot on, so you can read about the creation process in addition to enjoying the illustrations.

You have characters, personas, creatures, and settings all available in seperate chapters. If you haven't beaten the game though beware of spoilers, as can be expected they lurk within. Overall though is a great purchase for yourself or a gift for fans of the series.
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