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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Hardcover – Unabridged, January 29, 2013
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The first third of the book, entitled "The Legend Begins: The World of Skyward Sword" is devoted to said title, the most recently released Zelda game we all played and loved. It's filled to the brim with the concept and official art that inspired Skyward's Sword brilliant aesthetic style. As one who views Skyward Sword as one of the most beautiful and brilliantly inspired video games ever made in terms of its art design and visuals, this is just fine with me. There's tons here, including a lot of really interesting ideas for characters that didn't make it into the game, like a floating Fi in a massive suit of armor or Zelda designs that are decidedly more elegant and fancy. Really cool. There's also a good amount of location art that is simply gorgeous and really captures your imagination, just like the settings in the game did. Throughout this whole section are notes from the Zelda team, which gives nice insight into the design process of the game. It's a great start to the book, and roughly 60 pages long.Read more ›
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The book itself is really well put together, and is as good in quality as another Dark Horse book I own, The Art of Alice Madness Returns. Both books look exactly the same in terms of dimensions, and overall print quality. Binding is also very good so you should not worry about it coming apart from looking or reading through it too much.
As far as the content in the book is concerned, it is pretty good. The book does a fine job of covering 25 years of The Legend of Zelda. This includes artwork filled with comments, a timeline for the entire series, a look at how characters like Link and Zelda have changed over the years, a Manga comic, and so on. Check my video out to get an idea of what these sections look like.
My only major compliant with the book is that certain games don't receive much coverage in the artwork section, which is always my favorite part of books like this. For example, Majora's Mask only gets about three page of content (again in the artwork section, it is also covered in the timeline as well) but other games get way more coverage (Spirit Tracks gets about twenty pages of artwork). Now this may seem like nitpicking, but I am sure someone will also have a favorite Zelda game that seems to get too little coverage in of one the sections of the book.Read more ›
There are three of 'em: a Japanese edition, an English standard edition, and an English collector's edition [both English editions are licensed by Dark Horse]. The differences of the three books are almost 100% aesthetic. So besides the difference in covers and language, the content is exactly the same for all of them. In the following areas this is how they compare:
-both English (01/2013)
Covers (all are hardcover):
-Japanese - brown w/ gold letters and symbols; has a kind of wrinkled texture design
-English standard - green w/ golden seal and a synopsis on the back
-English collector's - brown, faux-leather [not a rock-hard cover but has one of those slightly puffy covers] w/ black debossed seal and absolutely nothing on the back [I mean this in a good way]; also has gold gilded pages
-no difference [all three have the same concept art, comic at the back, etc.]
Japanese edition only:
-has a dust jacket and string bookmark attached to the spine
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) [rounded]:
-Japanese - if I read the cover correctly it's around 3000 yen (a little over 30 USD)
-English standard - 35 USD
-English collector's - 70 USD
*What's so special about the collector's edition?
*I'm a HUGE Zelda fan. Should I get it?
-If you're all about substance, then honestly, there's nothing special about the collector's edition. I suggest you save your money and get the standard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this for my boyfriend (now ex boyfriend) but he loved it a whole bunch... and it's still on his book shelf front and center, so!Published 1 day ago by Melissa
Excellent. This book details a wealth of Zelda history and provides an in-depth look at the series over the past 30 years. Read morePublished 5 days ago by LonLonRancher
All I have to say is that if you're a real true obsessed LOZ fan then you will appreciate this book. That is allPublished 7 days ago by DTheSassMonster
I purchased this for my Zelda-obsessed son, and he was ecstatic when he opened this! Beautiful illustrations & just an amazing purchase. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jennifer M
Eep! Been wanting this for a while. I would see it in stores but so much cheaper online. The book itself is amazing, so much information and art. Love it!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer