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DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection Paperback – August 14, 2012
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It's a 192-page paperback filled with illustrations from all four Disgaea games, namely Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice and Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten.
There are illustrations from all sorts of merchandise like game covers, books, soundtrack, other promotional materials and in-game illustrations as well. It's not a concept art book.
The art is beautiful, printed in mixture of sizes from quarter page to full page. It's shonen manga style with very pastel colours throughout. The bulk of art comes from Takehito Harada. However, there are many illustrations drawn by other artists who were not credited. The index page have info on where the art came from. The artist commentary appear for only three illustrations.
This book is translated by Udon from the original Japanese edition (isbn 4048706373) that was published in 2012. That book had mixed reviews, citing the lack of artist credits and duplication of work from other books such as Takehito Harada Art works (isbn 475806265X) and Disgaea 3 Official Design Works (isbn 4797351519). If you don't have those books, then it's not a concern.
If you like the Disgaea series and the style of art, this is a great buy.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I would recommend this to anyone reading this review. I also own almost all the other Udon Entertainment art books and I would like to take the time to recommend them all. In my opinion Udon is just the best of the best. I don't work for them. I don't get paid by them. I'm just a fan of their art books.
It's very enjoyable to look through, especially as a big fan of Disgaea. There where quite a few images I've never seen before. There is barely any commentary or captions to speak off. It's just the art for you to enjoy without any distractions.
The paper is nice and heavy, and all the illustrations are crisp and vibrant. The whole book feels like a high quality item. I have one gripe, however. I've experienced some ink rubbing off onto the opposite page. It's light, but definitely noticeable. This is especially noticeable when one page is light and the other dark. I've only had the book for a few days, so I hope it won't get any worse. This is the only reason for me not giving this artbook a 5 out of 5.
I like how the book is formatted. It goes in reverse chronological order, slowly leading you into the nostalgic days of the first game. After these chapters, there is a section for media related to the games, like the soundtracks and Japanese novels. In order to make sure that each picture is as big as can be, the reference of where the art came from (CD cover? postcard? ending scene?) is in an index at the back of the book. This lets you simply admire the art. Even though I love the Disgaea series, there was a surprising amount of artwork I had never seen before. In a few cases, that's simply because the picture is new, but in other cases, it's because the picture is rare.
Remember, the purpose of this book is to give you an easy means of viewing the art. Save for a few words from Takehito Harada (in English), there is hardly any reading in here. That's not a flaw, but something to keep in mind... zam.
And what if you haven't played all the Disgaea games? Well, I haven't played the fourth one, to be honest, but I still loved the art taken from it. If you like Takehito Harada's style and have played at least one or two of the games, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.
The book itself has a firm cover, though it's not hardcover. The pages are also firm, so this really is a nice collector's item that should hold up well.
Overall, if you like Disgaea's art, you'll like this book: simple as that. Boom!
Disgaeart!!! compiles artwork from all four Disgaea games, its spinoffs (like Prinny: Can I Really Be a Hero), plus a few pieces for Makai since it's so easy to tie-in Zetta and his crazy friends. It's 190 pages of beautiful art that fans have been waiting for FOREVER! The first reason I purchased this is because I'm a huge fan and supporter of the series, while the second reason is because I have grown fond of the unique art-style that Disgaea has had and developed over the years. I believe its worth studying. This art book definitely delivers.
When purchasing this, please remember that this is a ILLUSTRATION COMPILATION. This is not a casual, behind-the-scenes art-in-development art book, like how Capcom makes their [Insert Game Name]: Official Complete Works.
Friendly Reminder: Please check what exactly it is you are buying before buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love how much art is in this book! I would've liked more concept art though.its a lot more of finished art. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lauren
This is a great looking book chock full of everything Disgaea - It is well worth the price and any fan of the series will love it.Published on April 16, 2014 by Isaac G.
I really like this book. It has a very good quality, good size, almost 200 pages with lots of illustrations of Disgaea I had never seen before.Published on January 23, 2014 by José Carlos
You will not be disappointed, it contains far more beautiful art book than the usual ones in limited edition. Well worth the money.Published on August 4, 2013 by Reinhard
All of the art is great, but it needs better labeling. In the book, they say that they made the index so that the pictures could have tons of space, but there is still lots of... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Kayla Patterson
I don't know why we got artbooks for Disgaea 1 and 2, but no artbooks for 3 and four. This kind of makes up for it i guess, unless you want to buy the japanese artbooks for 3 and... Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Godslayer333
Excelente producto para los admiradores de la serie de juegos Disgaea, recorre todos los personajes de la serie pasando desde los primeros juegos hasta el ultimo, grandes dibujos... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Francisco
My daughter loves this book. She has started a collection of DisgaeArt and I am looking forward to seeing what else is offered.Published on November 12, 2012 by Memphis Diva