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Artbooks & Gaming books |OT| A new era, a new shelf

Oct 25, 2017
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So I put an order in, but Amazon's giving me a pushed back release as well. From January 10th to February 1st. =/ I suspect it'll come sooner, but since I'm the inpatient type, I took a look at this video. It's a pretty comprehensive look at someone who received the book:


I kind of agree with the video. I do wish they just had more content. They could have gone all out and made it like 500 pages and it would be great. However, it's a quality art book. Lots of different concepts and spreads. The binding, pages, and cover solid quality. If you're a fan of the movie it's a must buy.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Got the Breath of the Wild art book for Christmas, I will now lament our loss of poncho Revali.
Also a Fullmetal Alchemist one but like most manga art books it's more a compilation of volume covers and promotional art.
 

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The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
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Has anyone checked out the various console anthology books from Geeks Line? I just saw the Gamcube one on Amazon and am thinking of picking it up.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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Spain
Has anyone checked out the various console anthology books from Geeks Line? I just saw the Gamcube one on Amazon and am thinking of picking it up.
I have the Playstation one and it's a great book. The GameCube one looks even better because it has every game listed on it.
 
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UnluckyKate
Oct 25, 2017
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Has anyone checked out the various console anthology books from Geeks Line? I just saw the Gamcube one on Amazon and am thinking of picking it up.
The first part is amazing as it tells you the story behind the console, the project, the annecdotes... it's a must read. I'm not a huge fan of the later part, it's a compendium of all PS1 games... some might find it priceless, I found it a nice novelty but not much else. So first half is usually a must buy and the second half is hit or miss depending on your expectations
 

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The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
953
Yeah, I already find the first part more interesting than the game list but it all seems really well put together so I'm going to check it out.

Thank you both for your thoughts.

I just hope that if I like it the N64 version gets a reprint.
 
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UnluckyKate
Oct 25, 2017
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I have always dreamed of buying Ayami Kojima's most beautiful work: Santa Lilio Sangre.





Now, even on occasion, this rare gem costs an exorbitant price: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005C25DN0/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all
twice " cheaper " in Japan :
https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/4870319233/ref=dp_olp_used_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=used (see if these can deliver international)

I'll spoiler this to :

Got mine a year ago for... 10 time cheaper
 
Jan 20, 2018
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i-Lo

Avenger
Oct 31, 2017
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Not America
Got myself DMC, TW3, Persona 3 & 5, Bloodborne artbooks this year. Haven't opened a single one of them (hah).

Thinking of getting the Final Fantasy and MGS ones next year.

Makes me wonder what kind of rendering tech and hardware we'd need to render some of these thoroughly nuanced and artistic renditions 1:1.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I have always dreamed of buying Ayami Kojima's most beautiful work: Santa Lilio Sangre.





Now, even on occasion, this rare gem costs an exorbitant price: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005C25DN0/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all
Wow, I think I paid $50-$60 for my copy.

Check Yahoo Auctions, they still pop up on there for that price on occasion.

Dark Horse has a relationship with Konami. I wonder why no one's bothered selling this book internationally considering their previous Metal Gear books.
 
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UnluckyKate
Oct 25, 2017
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This finally arrived!

They have a huge line up nowadays from a lot of authors but I enjoyed immensely reading some of their publications on FFX, XII & Ivalice, Kingdom Hearts, Persona, MGS... Great books to dig deeper into the creation process, vision & intent, story & interpretation... I think these are must read for fans of the series
 
Oct 26, 2017
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They have a huge line up nowadays from a lot of author but I enjoyed immensely reading some of their publication on FFX, XII & Ivalice, Kingodm Hearts, Persona, MGS... Great books to dig deeper into the creation process, vision & intent, story & interpretation...
This is my only one from them, but now you've made me wish I ordered more :).
 

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The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
953
My copy of Gamecube anthology arrived last night and I looked through it a bit and am pretty happy with it. While I do like the first part more than the games section, there is something cool about having a complete cataloging of all Gamecube games. I really dig the sections covering things like the demos and test station games and the various peripherals released.

Now I just hope the N64 book gets a reprint and that they put more of them up on Amazon.
 
Oct 25, 2017
491
Bay Area, CA
I was looking to grab a cool DQ art book, since I have an eBay gift card left over from Christmas. Any recommendations? I'm not terribly interested in that recent Viz release, since I tend to prefer Japanese paper quality.
 
Apr 19, 2018
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Anyone own the 25th Anniversary Art of Mana? It's been on my to-get list for the better part of the year, so I used today's 15% Popup coupon on eBay to snag a copy for $42.00. Think it's worth the purchase?

 
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Oct 30, 2017
525
I collect artbooks because they're such a great resource for costumes/fanart -- and I've got some real precious gems in my collection like Xenogears: Perfect Works (It was such a miracle to find a copy ... ;_;)

The latest artbooks I have are The Art of Metal Gear Solid I-IV and FFU books (I only have the first two volumes currently. The third one is being released later this year) -- I yet have to pick up Bayonetta 2. Darn it, I need to get on that!
 
Oct 29, 2017
534
Not into these kinds of books at all, really, but I got the BotW Creating a Champion book and I thought it was pretty swell. Some interesting stuff that fills in some of the story - which all takes places 100 years before the time of the game.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Finally got around to around to organizing my video game/Japanese art collection: Warcraft books are in the collector's edition thanks to lack of space.


 
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UnluckyKate
Oct 25, 2017
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Finally got around to around to organizing my video game/Japanese art collection: Warcraft books are in the collector's edition thanks to lack of space.


Someone's is an Amano fan :)

What is the big scary Shinjuku book ? edit : it's an Amano book I see
 
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Oct 26, 2017
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Finally got around to around to organizing my video game/Japanese art collection: Warcraft books are in the collector's edition thanks to lack of space.


"FINAL FANTAS". The typo sticks out :x Looks like it might be a misprint, just checked my copy and it includes the Y.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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More like someone plays too much World of Warcraft ;)
In my defense, everything pre-Warlords was bought secondhand. And I don't have the latest one because they got rid of the the artbook and soundtrack CD.

"FINAL FANTAS". The typo sticks out :x Looks like it might be a misprint, just checked my copy and it includes the Y.
Nope, just a Photoshop snafu it seems. I had to double check when I got home.

 
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UnluckyKate
Oct 25, 2017
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Hey UnluckyKate i just went back and looked at your FF post a couple pages back. I actually have been getting back into XIV and I wanna get the books. Do you have all of them? Or just the stormblood one? It looks like there are four??
I have none lol I just gift them to a friend that is fan of the game and too broke to buy the books so I sneak in after he opens them to enjoy them.

There are 4 artbooks (the most recent on top) :



Plus 2 lore books (that are amazing and must haves if you enjoy FF XIV story and universe): Encyclopedia Eorzea volume 1 and 2.
 
Oct 30, 2017
2,367
Minneapolis
I have none lol I just gift them to a friend that is fan of the game and too broke to buy the books so I sneak in after he opens them to enjoy them.

There are 4 artbooks (the most recent on top) :



Plus 2 lore books (that are amazing and must haves if you enjoy FF XIV story and universe): Encyclopedia Eorzea volume 1 and 2.
Ahhh, that makes sense. I'll leave the lore ones for later.
As of right now, the lore is unimpressive to say the least, but only up to when you join grand companies in the MSQ so not far in the game at all, and nowhere near HW/SB, which i understand get better MSQ/Lore-wise.

A cursory search suggests that you either buy through the Squeenix store or import, as it looks like Amazon doesn't sell them directly? They're $40/ea there, and that looks to be the cheapest anywhere (new, anyway). Does that sound right?

E: Also you are a very generous gift giver!
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Ahhh, that makes sense. I'll leave the lore ones for later.
As of right now, the lore is unimpressive to say the least, but only up to when you join grand companies in the MSQ so not far in the game at all, and nowhere near HW/SB, which i understand get better MSQ/Lore-wise.

A cursory search suggests that you either buy through the Squeenix store or import, as it looks like Amazon doesn't sell them directly? They're $40/ea there, and that looks to be the cheapest anywhere (new, anyway). Does that sound right?

E: Also you are a very generous gift giver!
Yeah, the Square store is the easier option even if it has rather high shipping fees... Other shop will mark up the prices of the books to compensate.
 
Apr 19, 2018
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Anyone own the 25th Anniversary Art of Mana? It's been on my to-get list for the better part of the year, so I used today's 15% Popup coupon on eBay to snag a copy for $42.00. Think it's worth the purchase?

Went ahead and picked up the book. It's a very nice and comprehensive collection of all the Mana games thus far, collecting what looks like most of the finalized art pieces available. Made me remember how much I dig the gorgeous, pastel fantasy colors of this series, and the all-new 25th Anniversary specific art pieces are worth the price of admission alone.

Probably my only complaint is that, at just 207 pages, some of the sections are heavily condensed by fitting too many character images onto single pages. Seiken 4/Dawn of Mana, in particular, crams 2-3 characters and their numerous designs onto one page each, and it comes off looking extremely cramped. It's difficult to fully appreciate the art work in such a tiny, pared down state, and the book could have benefited from extra breathing room if they'd added another ten pages or so.
 
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Feb 2, 2018
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Went ahead and picked up the book. It's a very nice and comprehensive collection of all the Mana games thus far, collecting what looks like most of the finalized art pieces available. Made me remember how much I dig the gorgeous, pastel fantasy colors of this series, and the all-new 25th Anniversary specific art pieces are worth the price of admission alone.

Probably my only complaint is that, at just 207 pages, some of the sections are heavily condensed by fitting too many character images onto single pages. Seiken 4/Dawn of Mana, in particular, crams 2-3 characters and their numerous designs onto one page each, and it comes off looking extremely cramped. It's difficult to fully appreciate the art work in such a tiny, pared down state, and the book could have benefited from extra breathing room if they'd added another ten pages or so.
Thanks for this, I've had my eye on it for a while but there's barely any information or shots out there! I would have inevitably picked up anyway but nice to hear some generally positive impressions.
 
Apr 19, 2018
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Thanks for this, I've had my eye on it for a while but there's barely any information or shots out there! I would have inevitably picked up anyway but nice to hear some generally positive impressions.
It's an admirable compilation. It delivers as far as having most of the crucial art pieces under one roof (it doesn't contain much in the way of weapons/item designs and the like), but again, I just wish some of the character pieces had more pages devoted to themselves.

I don't own it myself, but there was a separate art book released that covers both Seiken 4/Dawn of Mana and Children of Mana -- which are the titles most affected by the truncated format in the 25th Anniversary book. After seeing what it looks like by way of Parka Blogs' site, I'm halfway convinced I need to pick this one up as well.

Otaku.com has some choice pics of the 25th Anniversary book, but if you're interested in seeing more, hit me up and I can share a few more shots.
 
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Oct 30, 2017
2,367
Minneapolis
Okay UnluckyKate, last question, i promise =)

I researched the first ffxiv art book (since it's the only one I can't get on Squeenix store) and i'm unclear on whether the Japanese and North American versions of the book are different?

One of the notes on the squeenix store listing says "* This is the North American version of the art book released simultaneously in Japan and Europe. It is not an imported item of the Japanese or European versions. " which would lead me to believe it's different?

The first pic below is the squeenix store version (north american release?). The second is what i believe is the imported/japanese version.

The confusing part is when i look at pictures of the inside, regardless of version or place I look (amazon, ebay etc), it seems that some of the book is in Japanese but some of it has English translation next to the Japanese. It seems this is the case regardless of version? Ultimately I'm just trying to understand if I need to get the North American release version because it has "more" English, or if it's the same between the two and it is literally just a different cover for the NA release.

And if you don't know any of the above, then i'm sorry you read all this and I'll just buy one and wing it! =)


 
Oct 28, 2017
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Okay UnluckyKate, last question, i promise =)

I researched the first ffxiv art book (since it's the only one I can't get on Squeenix store) and i'm unclear on whether the Japanese and North American versions of the book are different?

One of the notes on the squeenix store listing says "* This is the North American version of the art book released simultaneously in Japan and Europe. It is not an imported item of the Japanese or European versions. " which would lead me to believe it's different?

The first pic below is the squeenix store version (north american release?). The second is what i believe is the imported/japanese version.

The confusing part is when i look at pictures of the inside, regardless of version or place I look (amazon, ebay etc), it seems that some of the book is in Japanese but some of it has English translation next to the Japanese. It seems this is the case regardless of version? Ultimately I'm just trying to understand if I need to get the North American release version because it has "more" English, or if it's the same between the two and it is literally just a different cover for the NA release.

And if you don't know any of the above, then i'm sorry you read all this and I'll just buy one and wing it! =)


In case of the first Artbook, I think its the same. I got all my artbooks from Japanese websites and the first 2 has both English and Japanese commentary under the artworks.
 
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UnluckyKate
Oct 25, 2017
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Okay UnluckyKate, last question, i promise =)

I researched the first ffxiv art book (since it's the only one I can't get on Squeenix store) and i'm unclear on whether the Japanese and North American versions of the book are different?

One of the notes on the squeenix store listing says "* This is the North American version of the art book released simultaneously in Japan and Europe. It is not an imported item of the Japanese or European versions. " which would lead me to believe it's different?

The first pic below is the squeenix store version (north american release?). The second is what i believe is the imported/japanese version.

The confusing part is when i look at pictures of the inside, regardless of version or place I look (amazon, ebay etc), it seems that some of the book is in Japanese but some of it has English translation next to the Japanese. It seems this is the case regardless of version? Ultimately I'm just trying to understand if I need to get the North American release version because it has "more" English, or if it's the same between the two and it is literally just a different cover for the NA release.

And if you don't know any of the above, then i'm sorry you read all this and I'll just buy one and wing it! =)


Hum... I don't remember much. I bought this one in Japan for my friend but I don't remember much. The only major factor would be if there was an interview that would probably be in English and thus a reason to get the NA. I can't really help you right im in between two flights with spotty wifi.
 
Oct 30, 2017
2,367
Minneapolis
In case of the first Artbook, I think its the same. I got all my artbooks from Japanese websites and the first 2 has both English and Japanese commentary under the artworks.
Hum... I don't remember much. I bought this one in Japan for my friend but I don't remember much. The only major factor would be if there was an interview that would probably be in English and thus a reason to get the NA. I can't really help you right im in between two flights with spotty wifi.
Okay thanks both of you; I think i'm just gonna grab one that seems like a reasonable price. Thank you!
 
Oct 30, 2017
525
Went ahead and picked up the book. It's a very nice and comprehensive collection of all the Mana games thus far, collecting what looks like most of the finalized art pieces available. Made me remember how much I dig the gorgeous, pastel fantasy colors of this series, and the all-new 25th Anniversary specific art pieces are worth the price of admission alone.

Probably my only complaint is that, at just 207 pages, some of the sections are heavily condensed by fitting too many character images onto single pages. Seiken 4/Dawn of Mana, in particular, crams 2-3 characters and their numerous designs onto one page each, and it comes off looking extremely cramped. It's difficult to fully appreciate the art work in such a tiny, pared down state, and the book could have benefited from extra breathing room if they'd added another ten pages or so.
Just curious, but how much of the book is Seiken Densetsu 2 & 3? The whole series has beautiful art so I always figured the book wouldn't disappoint, but 2 and 3 are the only games I really played/care about.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I was wondering if anyone knew if the Japanese Bravely Second art book:



Is the same as the 250 page art book that comes with the Special edition (at least in the UK) :



I'm assuming it's the same content but localised, but wanted to know if someone here knew definitively ?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I was wondering if anyone knew if the Japanese Bravely Second art book:

Is the same as the 250 page art book that comes with the Special edition (at least in the UK) :

I'm assuming it's the same content but localised, but wanted to know if someone here knew definitively ?

That's right. The content is the same but the collector's edition version just has a few sketches removed from the Japanese one, though can't remember off the top of my head what exactly.