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.
Anyone who loves Tony's work or loves the Shining Tears/Wind artwork shouldn't go without this book.
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.
The publishing company "Udon Entertainment" is relatively new and they've released several video game artbooks in english including valkyria chronicles and atelier. I for one like the idea of these english artbooks(cheaper than importing) and hope they continue making more.
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Anyway, onto the artbook, the first thing you notice is the front cover - yes, the feathers scattered everywhere are fuzzy! Now isnt that a nice touch! I might have been thought a pervert the way i kept running my fingers over the cover!
The art inside is amazing, simply put. The textures, the shading, the expressions, the character designs and backgrounds are all top notch! The colour is very rich and all of this printed in high quality indeed! There are hundreds of pages of nothing but beautiful art of the characters of the series - full colour! There is very little wording present except the name and series each character is from. There are one or two examples of how the art was done as well, which is very interesting!
All in all, if you love anime art, look no further than this! You dont even need to have played the games (i havent) to enjoy the exceptional character designs. Definitely sits next to Flamboyant by Ugetsu Hakua as one of my top artbooks!
Nulla di nuovo sotto il sole... per fortuna, perché di... "libri sperimentali" specie quando si parla di grafica e/o illustrazione, sinceramente ne ho piene le tasche e non so che farmene.
Unica pecca, da qui le quattro stelle invece di cinque, è nei contenuti del libro.
Trattandosi di una raccolta di illustrazioni tratte da Shining World, franchise legata all'omonima serie videoludica fantasy, che ha anche dato origine ad almeno un paio di serie animate di buon successo, mi aspettavo che nei lavori presentati fossero inclusi anche quelli realizzati per Shining Hearts, l'ultima nata della serie, della quale amo molto i personaggi, specialmente gli "aniumani", come la donna-gatto Xiao-Mei e la "cagnolina" tuttofare Rouna, che trovo assolutamente irresistibile!
Invece manca ogni riferimento a quest'ultima serie, le cui illustrazioni sono state invece raccolte in un altro volume, praticamente il fratello di questo, che è dedicato soltanto a Shining Hearts e (immagino) al suo succedaneo animato (e che, visto il risultato di questo volume, ho prontamente ordinato!).
Un peccato, almeno per quanto mi riguarda, perché altrimenti avremmo potuto parlare davvero di un'opera completa e di un piccolo capolavoro.
Per chiunque sia comunque appassionato di illustrazione fantasy/manga-style ovvero ami i lavori di Tony, un volume assolutamente da non perdere.
Die Zeichnungen sind sehr schön, ich hätte mir aber auch ein wenig Text bei den einzelnen Charakteren gewünscht, aber da es ein Artbook ist steht diese Kritik nicht in Frage.
Wer Tony Taka's Zeichnungen oder das Spiel mag wird auch dieses Artbook mögen!
les -: l'auteur célébre pour son art du dessin Ecchi stylé reste dans la thématique des personnages sur commande de la série Shining world, très proche de la série Grand order. donc ne vous attendez pas au moindre débordement. c'est classique et convenu, peut être consulté par grand public (un peu averti tout de même, ados otaku sans soucis)
I heard tony's name before, but I don't know anything more about him except he is a Hantai Illustrator. But after I got this book, saw those different styles works, I think he is a really good illustrator. I like his cute style. hope my review can give you some advice, thank you.