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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Design International (20 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060567635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060567637
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: November 2003 of Pages: 292 in Publisher: Harper Design Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. began his withcareer with exceptional design work on fan-favorite anime such as GatchamanG-Force and Time Bokan and withpopular graphic novels Sandman: The Dream Hunters and Wolverine & Elektra: The Redeemer. but it wasn't until he turned his attention to the medium of printmaking that his artistic genius began to flower. Drawing from influences as diverse as Art Nouveau and Art Deco traditions. American comics. Japanese ukiyo-e. and traditional fantasy illustration. Amano's prints capture a eathtaking world - sometimes whimsical. sometimes luxurious. and sometimes terrifying. Amano: The Complete Prints showcases hundreds of these captivating works. comprising an impressive. comprehensive look at one of the art world's visionary talents. Art scholar and critic Unno H...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Themistocles on 27 April 2008
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This book is fantastic value if you are an Amano fan. The print quality showcases his talent effectively in a convenient coffee-table book format.

It could do with more writing - perhaps some brief comments on some of the works, but I suppose that is not the purpose of a picture book, most of the time the images speak for themselves, and eloquently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Lee on 9 Feb. 2009
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A lot of familiar works of Amano is displayed in this book but more importantly a lot of untold works also lie within. Each print is as spectacular as the next. There are a lot of different styles of work inside so there is pretty much a section for everyone.
There isn't a lot said about the images but that's perfectly fine because they speak for themselves and if you ever wander what the names of the prints are, the translation of the print names are on the back of the book.
Truly a book worth getting wheather you're an Amano fan, print-making fan, Vampire Hunter D fan, Final Fantasy fan etc. This book is definately worth purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Ludgate on 21 Feb. 2010
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I got this for my fiancees birthday and she was very hapy with and loved everything in it.
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By wei you on 17 Nov. 2014
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Love his work. Amazing collection !
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
just work 26 Jan. 2007
By L. Thompson - Published on
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The book is wonderful but keep in mind half of the book is a catalog of his work (for other words ton of pictures that are inch and a half by an inch).
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Amano fans, REJOICE! 6 Nov. 2003
By J. Frost - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is packed with Amano's prints obviously, they are all richly colored on matte paper. It's just beautiful! It includes his prints from some of Final Fantasy games, Vampire Hunter D, and many other projects he has worked on.
It's just fantastic - so don't pay $80 for Hiten or Biten, when many of the same prints are in this volume! Which is excellent paperback quality also.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Visions of Grace 28 Dec. 2003
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on
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Yoshitaka Amano has played an active part in Japanese illustration from 60's to present times. He has lived through Anime, game design, illustration, and now printmaking - demonstrating at each stopping point a variety of imagination that has had an impact far beyond his own successes in Japanese visual art..
In the U.S. he is best known for Vampire Hunter D, the conceptual design behind the Final Fantasy series, and several recent collaborations with Neil Gaiman. But as this book quickly reveals, Yoshitaka has great power as a pure illustrator and artist. His roots are in Art Nouveau and the psychedelic styling of the 1960's, but he combines this with a mastery of Japanese traditional styles to produce a variety of effects and images.
This is a focused collection of just his prints, both those done for graphic novels and anime, as well as completely independent work. There are 192 pages page sized illustration followed by a large illustrated catalog of the rest of his print output. A final commentary by Hiroshi Unno completes the work. The most notable missing work is from the Final Fantasy series, none of which ever appeared as prints. However, the originality of what is included far outweighs any regrets about any unfortunate gaps.
A word of warning. Collections of Yoshitaka's work have a tendency to go out of print and disappear irretrievably. I have lived to rue not making several purchases when I had the opportunity. If you would like a representative collection of what made Yoshitaka Amano one of Japan's most formidable illustrators, this is a good selection at a very digestible price, with no sacrifice of quality. To have more at present, means searching out work that is out of print. Seize the opportunity.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Transcendent, often ethereal beauty. 4 Sept. 2005
By Alexiel - Published on
Format: Paperback
Yoshitaka Amano is best known in the United States for the character designs behind the Final Fantasy series, perhaps his character designs from Final Fantasy 3 (6 in Japan) have garnered the most fame. In anime, he is best known in America for his work on Vampire Hunter D. His collaboration with Neil Gaiman, the simply jaw-dropping "Dream Hunters" also brought him to the attention of a new audience and brought about some cross-media interest as Gaiman also worked on the American adaptation of Princess Princess Mononoke.

However, Amano has done a lot more in video games and anime, and he has done far more than these. Versatile in many artistic mediums, and a wide array of subject matter, moreso than many people realize.

His wispy, ethereal style, like a pale, almost insubstantial ghost of smoke often used in his fantasy, in which the subjects almost seem too delicate, fragile, and beautiful to actually exist, is present here. However, he does more, so much more. Bold, even loud colors and shockingly assertive shapes manifest themselves in a way that may be unfamiliar to fans of Amano's work in "Dream Hunters" which seems, like the title, languid and dreamlike. In many prints he has eschewed the wispy, angular style of some of his video game/anime character designs. Many of them retain an almost florid sense of color. In fact, it's so diverse it's not easy to pinpoint into one "style." A description of one print invariably will not fit the entire book. There is much here that looks nothing like the style found in Final Fantasy or "Dream Hunters." This may be disappointing to fans of those works, but there is much here to appreciate.

So it may be helpful to forget what you know about Amano if your experience is limited (and mine is limited indeed) and simply enjoy the prints collected in this book and the sensations they bring. There is a nice variety of prints in here, expected and unexpected. It is not an exhaustive, comprehensive collection of all of his artwork, but it's the next best thing.

Overall, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys art.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great book but may cost too much... 20 Jun. 2005
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on
Format: Paperback
Amano's prints are powerful, full of darkness, blazing colors, hinted beauty, unfolding horror and images of sexual power. From warriors to angels, from fairies to vampires, from Genji to Alice Erotica Amano seems to be all over the place.

Great for art lovers but may cost too much otherwise. Yet, good artbooks do cost a lot when compared to other books. Fact of life.
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