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This review is from: Shiro Amano: The Artwork of Kingdom Hearts (Paperback)
The Book cover and feel
1. The book is a glossy cover (paperback with a fold on the sleeve).
There's a plastic Slide-in cover for this with two see through symbols
- MickMouse head Icon on the front for Sora,Kairi, & Riku to show through.
- keyhole symbole on the back for Micky, Naminé and Moogle to see through.
It's ok, but not fantastic or eye catching (for example, lets say the cover of the Final Fantasy X official artbook with Tidus and Yuna on the front in a kind of Yin/Yang layout. One of my most favourite bits of Tetsuya Nomura artwork).
And considering the extortionate money you'd usually pay for artbooks. The price here is ok.
2. The pages are semi-gloss. Fairly standard. Good stock/ nothing fancy. No semi-transparent or textured paper, nothing like that, although that would make some awesome ideas- example the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD remix artbook has the original Sora design by Tesuya Nomura and the final artwork used in the game. Shiro Amano could have pushed for this feature for sketches/concept designs... but there's cost to consider.
The artowrk itself is nice. Same colour/B+W stuff you'll find in the manga if you read them/bought them.
book material and layout: 3/5
cost/value for money: 4/5
Overall I give it 4 stars because I like it although there is a lot more room for improvement. I bet there are loads of unused artwork from Amano's desk. Interesting to see...
If you don't like the Kingdom Hearts Manga/games (why are you reading this if you don't like KH?) deduct one star. I bet a KH fan would like it as a birthday present.
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