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Robotech Art I (Starblaze Editions) Paperback – February, 1986


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Product Details

  • Series: Starblaze Editions
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Walsworth Pub Co (February 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898654122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898654127
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene Starwind on October 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for the definitive episode guide to Robotech as aired in the US by Harmony Gold, this is the book for you. IT has detailed synopses of all 85 episodes from the beginnning of the Macross saga, through the Southern Cross saga, to the end of the Invid Invasion saga. The art is mostly cels from the original Japanese version of the series. It also has a brief history of Anime releases in the US up to this point (around 1986). It is well worth the effort to obtain a copy. If you like Robotech in particular, or anime in general, this book is a treasurehouse of the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful oversized art book showcases the incredibly talent and genius behind Robotech. It features a comprehensive episode guide as well as character and mecha profiles for each of Robotech's generations. The only place I think this books falls flat(why it doesn't get five stars) is the character biographies. Being a big fan of the show and the series of novels devoted to it, I can't help but feel that some of the characters were omitted. Granted, this book was published in 1986, and the novels hadn't been published yet, and some of those characters were created in those later novels..but what about Lang? Or Carpenter? Or Komodo? Or Dennis, Nova's one time love? The list goes on... Anyway, aside from those small flaws, this book is an excellent resource dedicated to a superb animated series, and worth tracking down if you are a Robotech fan.
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Format: Paperback
While most of the reviews here are positive, I feel that some of the negative "reviewers" don't seem to understand the intent of this book. So I thought that I would add my two cents that this book is less of an art book (yes, there are character/mecha bios and illustrations) and more of a series bible and episode guide. Published in 1986, one has to realize that books of this type were rare, and aside from books dedicated to such franchises as Star Wars, Star Trek, and a few random science fiction film and television properties, this was a first for an animated series (much less a Japanese one) to receive such a treatment. However, for many "'Techies", this book is what elevated an imported Japanese afternoon action "cartoon" beyond all of the other fare of the time, and helped give the show prestige among adult science fiction fans. For me, it started a life-long obsession with the series (it's still my favorite show to this day) as well as anime in general. There are episode-by-episode plot synopses, in depth character bios, mecha designs, and much about the development of the series as well as history and evolution of anime and manga. For being the first of its kind in subject matter, it deserves high marks.
The only thing detracting from this book getting a five star rating is the fact that, as some other reviewers have posted, the content for the actual "art" of the show is lacking. If one is looking for more in depth technical illustration, I recommend the excellent (and rare as well as pricey) "Macross: Perfect Memory", which is a wealth of visual information about the adapted first third of the original Robotech series. Also, as a companion to "Art I", "Files Magazine Spotlight on Robotech" is another worthy piece for vintage Robotech completists (although beware of dealers on Amazon who are price gouging).
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As a graphic resource, I find this book to be a bit lacking. I was hoping for something similar to the most excellent "The Art of Star Wars" series. Those books helped me immensely in my graphics classes in college. This robotech book should be called something like "Images from the show Robotech" or "Robotech episode guide". There are just not enough pages devoted to the sketches and technical drawing that an in-depth fan might want to see. For example the Cyclone ride armor gets all of one page. wow. Maybe if they had spent less time summarizing the episodes and more time show casing art-- backgrounds, character development, mecha thumbnails, etc...
That being said, the last section of the book chronicles the development not only of Robotech, but of Manga itself. I found it to be supremely interesting and wish it could have been more substantial. My guess is that the publishers were a bit unsure which direction this book really needed to go. It attempts to possibly satisfy casual and serious fans at the same time and doesn't really do either to any great degree. I'm still pleased with my purchase, but only because I paid so little for it as i bought it from one of the used sellers. If I'd paid $15 or $20, I would certainly feel a bit gyped.
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By Kaylec on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is it, this is what jump started my interest in Anime. I lived in a small town as a kid, with very little access to anything cool, and no comic shops, not even a mall. My only exposure to anime was voltron, and robotech. Because I didn't know what they were, and we didn't have a vcr, I couldn't really follow them, only faint memories. Then I moved to the big city, and in the 9th grade someone brought this book to class. I borrowed it, and....well he didn't get that book back for a long time. That became my Robotech bible. Toward the end of the book it would give you just enough of a hint that there was so much more than Robotech, and from there on the rest is history. I consider myself very fortunate to have seen such an awesome book at such an early age, and since the video tapes were super scarce (block buster only had the 1st 3 video's). For Robotech it's great, it gives reviews of every single episode, the artwork is fantastic, the back has great character sketches and descriptions. Then a history of the series and how it was brought over to the U.S. I highly recommend this book to old and new fans alike. Buy it now, they don't make them anymore!
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