Mega Man: Official Complete Works (Anglais) Broché – 29 décembre 2009
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This book retains the paperback format, low gloss pages and layout. The cover has a glossy embossed Mega Man printed against a matte cover. It's very beautiful and Mega Man pops out nicely.
There are both good and bad in releasing the original book as two volumes in English. The bad, of course, is the higher price. The good is the it's thinner and more friendly to the book spine. By comparison, my 320-page "SF20: The Art of Street Fighter", also from Capcom, has slight spine creases when I open the book wide.
The art inside is arranged by chronological order and game platforms. The book is filled with colourful character designs, sketches and illustrations from game covers, manga and other merchandise. The variety is amazing. The pages are packed with so many versions of powered up Mega Man, the bosses and enemies. Whatever you can think of is probably found in this book.
It's nostalgic looking at some of the art, especially those that I've played so many years ago. There are a few comic strips behind and one interesting one is on the birth of Mega Man. There aren't any screen shots of the game itself though.
Accompanying the designs are lots of quotes from the Japanese artists. They talk about the characters, ideas, and you can gain some interesting insight into their working environment. There are 7 artists doing the designs and they are Ryuji Higurashi, Hayato Kaji, Keisuke Mizuno, Tatsuya Yoshikawa, Hideki Ishikawa, Shinsuke Komaki and Yoshihisa Tsuda.
This book is a great tribute to the Mega Man franchise, highly recommended to all fans.
If you like this book, check out Mega Man X: Official Complete Works also.
The full list of game titles included are:
* Mega Man 1 to 8
* Mega Man & Bass
* Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
* Mega Man II to V
* Mega Man: The Wily Wars
* Mega Man: The Power Battle
* Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
* Wily & Light's Rockboard ~That's Paradise~
* Mega Man's Soccer
* Mega Man Battle & Chase
* Super Adventure Rockman
* Rockman Complete Works (PS)
* Rockman (PS)
* Rockman 2: The Secret of Dr. Wily (PS)
* Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? (PS)
* Rockman 4: A New Ambition!! (PS)
* Rockman 5: Blues' Trap!? (PS)
* Rockman 6: The Greatest Battle of All Time!! (PS)
* Rockman Battle & Fighters (NGP)
* Mega Man & Bass (GBA)
* Rockman Power Battle Fighters (PS2)
* Mega Man: Powered Up
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Anyhow...Promotional art, enemies, bosses, anniversary pictures, international covers, level sketches, you name it! I can't believe the the amount of pure art that's packed within these pages, all beautiful enough to look at again and again. One of the best parts of any art book, at least for me, are the comments from the original artists saying how they thought about a particular piece. You really get to see the passion put into what seems like 'standard' promotional art. Other things like a mini manga showing the origin of Mega Man and an interview with Keiji Inafune help round out an already great release.
Udon obviously put heart into bringing this over, and it shows. The translation seems pure yet recognizable to any Mega Man fan, with art that isn't messed with at all. For example, for each section by game, it uses the original 'Rockman' Japanese logos with translation notes put to the side, and it saves what could be messy editing as well as pleasing any art purists. The book is printed gorgeously as well, with plenty of full color art on really nice paper in a nice paperback binding. This is my first art book from them, and well, I'm very impressed! I'll be looking into their other art books for sure.
All and all, I say get this art book if you have even a shred of interest! If you are a classic Mega Man/Rockman fan who wants to see some great art and more, in a nice complete and shiny package, it's worth every penny.
The book format is great, the cover is beautiful, and it's an overall great presentation. The reason I gave it 4 stars though, is because I have zero tolerance for censorship, and unfortunately, Udon decided to use the American/European color scheme for Oilman, even in the sketches. It's very inconsistent though, as there's 2 ilustrations that use his normal color scheme (one of them even being in the cover), but still, it's very sad to see this kind of thing. If you personally don't have a problem with that, consider this a 5 star review, because that's really the only thing I can complain about ;)
I never thought I would be able to see so much mega man art, my only thing is that Mega Man 8, which has the most hand drawn art, doesn't have as much images as 7, for example. I'm sure you could fill a whole book with just 8. But it is incredible anyway. Thanks for making it!
My recommendation is that you pick up a copy today, since the availability of these books is fleeting, at best. I bet the whole lot will sell out within days now
that it's finally been released.
I also recommend the Mega Man X book, that is very similar to this one (except it's devoted to that series) The same principles apply!
5 stars, completely awesome for all Mega Man/Rockman fans! A must have! Fans of great art should also check this out!