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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Filled with tons of interesting info and the designs of the characters and personas.
Kali
On top of that, the book itself looks really fancy, the cover is shiny and the internal texts have a glossy feel to them.
LMM_s
Whether you are an old fan of Persona 3 or new to the series this is a must have art book.
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20 of 20 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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7 of 7 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 Lauren on March 27, 2014
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I ordered this art book as well as the Persona 4 art book and boy was I not disappointed. What wasn't perfect about this book, the pages were crisp and used that thick type of paper that I look for when buying any type of art book. Many of the character models were there even some of the minor ones. I particularly enjoyed the sections regarding shadows and personas. My only complaint is the size difference and content difference between this art book and the one for Persona 4. The Persona 4 art book just felt like it had more in it than this art book did. Overall though I really enjoyed this book and it is a must have for any die hard Persona fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. on August 10, 2013
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I loved this art book, but I must say the small text size and silver ink used in some entries make it difficult to read.

Aside from that, any fan of Persona 3 would love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bubbajoe on August 4, 2013
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Gives insight to the amazing art design in the game. If you want more knowledge of the creation of Persona 3 this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oblomov on April 20, 2013
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This is a pretty decent artbook for Persona fans out there. It's a bit think with only 145 pages or so, but page quality is very good. Character and Persona art is very good and descriptions and commentary is interesting. Overall it's a good buy for the price. Overall Persona 4 book is a bit better (as well as some of the other Japanese books), but it's still a great value, IMO.
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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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