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Tony's Artworks from Shining World Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Ultimately, regardless of your familiarity with the artist or the games, Tony Taka is an artist known for having a rather unique style among his contemporaries in Japan. A quick Google search for Tony Taka will quickly reveal whether this style may appeal to you or not and should be the deciding factor as to whether this would be something you would be interested in purchasing. I did not find the brief interviews to be all that informative, but the drawings (the point of the book) were quite pleasing. As an added bonus, the cover is indicative of how risque the works get - this is something that would not have to be hidden in case a person unfamiliar with the content swings by. As mentioned in other reviews, the book quality is pretty good for being softcover. I would have preferred hardcover just for the additional longevity because I can see revisiting this rather frequently, but this is about as sturdy as I can imagine an over-sized softcover book being.
I would say Tony's Artworks from Shining World is well worth buying under any circumstance, but then Tony Taka has my second favorite art style. Udon has done a serviceable job in bringing this book out here.
The artbook I received is paperback, not Turtleback and not hardback. Nevertheless, it is absolutely gorgeous!
The front cover of the book is super glossy. The feathers on the front cover are actually made of "felt" or some velvety material, i'm not lying! If you rub your finger across it, its like touching artificial feathers on the book. :D
The second page (just right behind the front cover) has a translucent graph paper that highlights another background picture behind it. It gives the impression of seeing an image behind curtains illuminated with light in the background. Some really great effects there.
Got it for roughly ~$26 at the time of this review,
I received the English version. If you were to buy this overseas (I think its in japanese), but the price is like $40 or more and you have to pay high shipping fees, unless you go by SAL (free usually) but that is not trackable and uninsured.
A great Addition to any Tony Taka collection. <3
Similarly I really wish this is a hardcover book so it can last longer. But anyway this is a very beautiful art book. A lot of fan arts for the video game. Tony Taka is a really talented artist, who is especially good at drawing elegant/beautiful young girls.
Highly recommended. I can't help to buy another copy myself.
Anyone who loves Tony's work or loves the Shining Tears/Wind artwork shouldn't go without this book.