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Water (Vagabond Illustration Collection) Paperback – September 16, 2008

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Takehiko Inoue was born in Kagoshima prefecture in 1967. His first major success -- the hugely popular 31-volume long basketball manga SLAM DUNK -- sold over 100 million copies worldwide and catapulted him into the top ranks of Japanese manga artists. Besides manga, Inoue also worked on character design for the Playstation basketball game ONE ON ONE.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421520583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421520582
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,961 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 November 23, 2008
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The edition published by Viz Media is soft cover with a dust jacket. But the cover is actually quick thick and hardy. There are 164 pages to give this book a nice thickness.

This is the art book by Inoue Takehiko. It's based off the manga Vagabond. If you like the manga and the water colour section that starts each comic, this book is definitely for you. It contains many water coloured full page illustrations, some of which comes from panels and covers from the comic book.

These water colour paintings, when blown up to full page, show an incredible amount of detail. I'm talking about details like the kind of texture created when water colour touches paper and the gradation. The colour reproduction on the book is perfect. Every page is a delight.

This book has no captions. It doesn't need them.

Fans of Inoue Takehiko or his comic should find this book very satisfying.

There are two art books released based on the Vagabond comic. This is one of them. The other is called Sumi: Vagabond Illustration Collection which contains black and white line art illustrations. Check out the my review for Sumi too.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruno M on September 15, 2008
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Before having this set of artbooks in my sweaty, trembling hands, I used to think that Takehiko Inoue was one of the greatest comic artist of the last couple of decades. Now I see what a fool I was: Inoue is in fact the best comic artist of all time.

No Katsuhiro Otomo, no Moebius, no Manara, no Frank Miller (in the good old days), no Bradstreet, no Kirby, no Breccia (Sr), no Tezuka, no Lee, no Hitch, no Cassaday or Quitely can top this unleashed beast of pencils, inks and brushes that Takehiko Inoue is.

This man is the Leonardo Da Vinci of comics.

Now let's talk about the editions, and let's talk about the set of them, because it's nonsense to only buy one, you have to have both.

These editions are from another planet. And that's it. Never before have I seen such a printing quality in my life. The definition and sharpness of those images will just cut you to the very bone, just as deep Musashi would. The effort that the people of Viz put in these books is really commendable: the moment I opened them I was struck by an intensity of black so pure and strong that I felt I was looking at the fu**ing originals.

And the COLORS... I won't even talk about the colors, because there is no point in describing them: I could waste an entire dictionary of adjectives and never get close to make justice to this palette and the quality of its impression. These color, you have to see them for yourself.

I know I may sound excessive, but I repeat you, the quiality of this printings is superior to anything I've seen before (not even in Taschen deluxe editions can beat The Water and The Sumi).

The paper, of course, is beautiful, as white as it gets. And the smells is splendid, too.

Oh, one last thing...
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To see more pictures from the book, please visit my blog via my Amazon profile link.

Water is a splendid collection of the renowned manga artist's illustrations from his Vagabond series, executed primarily using watercolors. I've always been partial to this medium ( as compared to say, acrylic ) for its subtlety and gentle touch. The watercolor works of Miyazaki-san comes to mind as well - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Watercolor Impressions

More often than not art books cramp every available real estate to maximize the use of available space, but Inoue-san lavishes his subjects with plenty of empty space to breathe, singling out the subjects for easier appreciation. This balance of empty "canvas" space was used to great effect during his incredibly successful The LAST Manga Exhibition, where he dedicated large areas of wall space against his painted subjects. That was one of the most amazing exhibitions I've ever had the fortune of attending.

The book is pure art work from cover to cover and contains no pages of text whatsoever. Very highly recommended.

Also be sure to check out the companion art book to this, "Sumi" - Sumi (Vagabond Illustration Collection)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on September 5, 2011
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Great art.Includes not only art that was in Vagabond, but included art that I've never seen. This is a purchase that I do not regret buying.
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By Helen on January 11, 2014
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I had order both Water and Sumi artbook from Takehiko Inoue because he's' one of my favorite artist. When it came to my door and open the package, there was some dent on the corner of the book, but I didn't mind. Oh man, when I open both water and sumi, I was so captivated to see many of the illustration that can be found in the manga in large scale size. You can see alot of the detail more closely and appreciate the markmenship of Takehiko's illustration skills. I dont regret throwing my money for these artbook. Great buy!
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By JL14 on October 12, 2013
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This Book is just amazing, its just as the japanese vertion so you are getting the full real thing, for the texts in japanese there is a translation in a final page. Its even printed to be read right to left.

I bought also Sumi book by the same artist (Blak & white illustrations) wich i gave the same review.

If you are into manga or oriental arts you should buy this, you won't regret it!

I wish I could give 6 stars :)
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