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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc; Reprint edition (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421565978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421565972
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
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This is a belated but welcome translation by publisher Viz Media of the original Japanese artbook The Art of The Princess Mononoke--もののけ姫. Princess Mononoke and and the accompanying artbook came out in 1997. By the way, that Japanese artbook is still being reprinted even after so many years.

I've reviewed the original Japanese artbook before, and also the other English edition by Miramax Books. There's no point getting those books now because one's in Japanese and the other is out of print. Viz Media's books are widely available.

The interior pages of this English edition is laid out exactly the same as the Japanese book, only the text have been replaced. One other difference is this book is a hardcover vs the textured dust jacket paperback Japanese edition. This 224-page hardcover has well reproduced pictures on low to no gloss paper. Very good.

The book starts off with a few poems and an introduction by Hayao Miyazaki before it goes into the concept art.

The concept art is a mixture of character designs, movie stills, environment art, storyboards and several computer animation screenshots. There are line drawings as well as the pencil and watercolour sketches of Hayao Miyazaki. There aren't many studios that still use watercolour sketches to create concept art nowadays so it's always refreshing to see the ones from Studio Ghibli. The sketches may look loose but they convey the action and settings clearly, and they look charming.

The environment art are by Kazuo Oga and some of his artworks have also appeared in 男鹿和雄画集II (Oga Kazuo Animation Artworks 2). There are a lot of background paintings and not one of them are credited so it's impossible to tell if they are all from Kazuo Oga.
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This is another sumptuous volume of Studio Ghibli artwork. I have other of the books published in this series (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) and I am always delighted with not only the quality of the book binding but also the print quality which is always bright and crisp. It is becoming a common problem in art books that the images have been enlarged beyond their original dimensions, which ultimately leads to grainy or pixelated images. The full colour large images in this book do not suffer this fate though and are extremely well printed.

The book consists of many stills from the movie and lots of concept art too. Practically every page has colour artwork on it detailing everything from the environments to the characters. Often a shot from the film is paired up with the concept art so you can see where the illustrators were coming from and how the final artwork was different, if at all.

In the back of the book are lots of the storyboards which shows how the dynamics of the action was mapped out. Very interesting if you are into film making processes, but personally I'm all about the artwork rather than the storyboards.

The book is slightly bigger than A4 size, which mean the art is a good size - not too small, and it is bound in a glossy printed hardback, it does not come with a dustcover, but none of my other Ghibli books did either.

If you are a fan of the movie, of Studio Ghibli or animation/illustration then this really is a musty for your collection. It is a masterclass in lighting, colour and form; not only in animation context but illustration aswell. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you use it as a reference book as much as art-eye-candy.

Many thanks for reading!
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This book contains a good, balanced mix of concept art, background art, cell art and film stills. The printing is OK, but not quite up the same standard as the Japanese editions of the Studio Ghibli art series. It is printed quite dark (but then again, the film is quite dark). When viewed under bright light all the detail pops out nicely. Unlike many of the other Ghibli art books, this one does not include the film script in the back, but rather an (interesting) production diary. A interesting section on CGI is also included.
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By Ann Smith on 3 Feb. 2015
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This was a Christmas present for someone interested in graphic art he was very pleased to receive it.
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By Amazon Customer on 13 Jan. 2015
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Excellent art book, good quality print and build.
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