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Tony's Artworks from Shining World Paperback – May 24, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926778189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926778181
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is Tony's artwork based on the Shining Wind Game. It's an absolutely stunning artbook and is by one of my favorite artist of all time. If you are a fan of anime figures you will find the images here that a few of them have been based on such as the two ladies on the cover. The art consist of pretty ladies, handsome men and other creatures. The art is brightly colored and printed on nice thick paper. The binding of the book appears to be sound. I like this book alot and would recommend it.
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If you're a fan of Tony Taka, this book is without a doubt worth adding to your collection. But what about the folks out there who have absolutely no idea who Tony Taka is? The games on display here are limited to Shining Tears (primarily for the full page images) and Shining Wind. Shining Wind was never released here, so the only real attachment someone could have to the characters would be through Shining Tears, which had a largely negative reception on the PS2 because of loading times and repetition.

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.
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Absolutely love this book! We purchased this book because we loved the figures so much! The two girls on the cover are Xecty and Elwing, and Kotobukiya made PVC figures of them based off the artwork on this cover. This is fairly large book, and every page is filled with artwork based off The Shining World series. Tony's Artworks really paints a beautiful world and gorgeous characters in this book. Every page is filled with colorful and beautiful characters. The animated look of the drawings really gives it a sense of life as if they could just start moving on the page as if they would on a television screen. One thing to note is that the feathers on the cover actually have a velvety feel to them.
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This is a artbook focused on the Shining world series. I don't play the game associated with the series, but I enjoy admiring the artwork.

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
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By Rene on December 13, 2013
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this is a very nice art book for those who love the art of Tony Taka, with many full colored pages of art each picture a full sheet for best view. it has many Shining pictures and some other and a few pages with text all in all if you want a Tony Taka art book this is a good one, though non of the pictures are "H" there are many ecchi picture of fun in this book, all in all for a anime art book I give this 5 stars
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Another great addition to the works of Tony Taka.This is a great item. It is really nice, excellent quality and all the art work is simply great. Excellent colors and the book comes in JP Oversize for your viewing pleasure. This is a great product.
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Some people collect stamps, coins, baseball cards or comic books. I don't do that. Instead, I collect all the best art books. If you collect art books like I do I would say definitely buy this one. The artwork is just amazing!!! If I could give this more than 5 stars, I definitely would. This really is a "must have book"

This book doesn't teach you how to become a better artist. It just shows a collection of artwork from Tony and gives you a very brief explanation of how he created the cover. I don't mind if an art book doesn't teach me any new techniques as long as the artwork in the book somehow inspires me to become a better artist. This book makes me want to practice harder so that someday I could be as good as this artist.

I really wish I could recommend this to everyone. However, because it contains half naked females, I would recommend this to only teens and adults but not children. 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.
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