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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897376022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897376027
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.5 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2009
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Okami is an action-adventure video game released on Playstation 2 and Wii. And this is not a game guide; it doesn't show you how to take on enemies.

Okami features the most unique art direction I've seen for any computer game. It is heavily inspired by Japanese watercolour painting and wood carving art of the Ukiyo-e style. It's an amazing concept to combine watercolour in computer game art, moreover, use it in the actual game itself.

This thick 288-page art book is filled to the brim with content. There are official character art including the concept sketches, storyboards, paintings created by by Issun the Celestial Envoy while on journey with Okami Amaterasu and even some music sheets at the end. The application of watercolour to create cute character design is very refreshing.

Everything in the book is captioned. Characters have their introductions. The character designs are explained to the detail of why they wear what they wear. Concept sketches come with artists' reflection. And then there's the journal of Issun, which is a whole big section by itself. There's so much stuff to read, so much information and stories into background of the characters and places.

This book is highly recommended and worth taking a look even if you have no idea what the game Okami is about.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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If you loved Okami as much as I did, then you really should buy this book. It gives you all the artwork that was used throughout the game as well as details of all the characters too. I especially like it because it gives you more information on the ancient Japanese tales that were used for the storyline.

If you like Okami and have an interest in art, buy it! it's gorgeous.
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I loved the art style used within the game and was happy when I came across the art book.
Even before you open it you get the feeling that you are in for a special treat, it reads in traditional Japanese way, meaning from left to right.
It is crammed with images, from character design (ones used in the game and ones left out) to set designs. There is very little technical stuff in the book which was what I was expecting seeing as this was a game.
Reading the book you get the feeling that you are looking through somebodies sketchbook with comments written next to the drawings, you can feel the designers excitement and passion about the project.
Unlike most art books I've read the images are presented on a textured paper reminiscent of the game itself.

This would be a great book for people who played the game and fell in love with the art style that was used.
People who have not played the game will still find it enjoyable yet don't expect there to be any variations of style used. The style of the game was kept through out the whole design process.
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~ With 288 pages and a visual design that lays most game art books you have ever seen to dust, the Okami Official Complete Works book is a winner, just like the game it represents.
~ This book which wonderfully detailed cover surrounds, talks about nearly every single aspect of the game you could think about, with big, very detailed pages, full of art and interesting facts. It includes many of the authors thoughts about the game, the characters and the places, such as about what they were thinking about doing in the past and what made them opt for other options instead, and includes many scenarious and characters that didn't make it to the final stages. It also refers to the legends and mithology the team studied to make the game.
~ There are even other things that this book covers besides the game design and art, such as representations of the past history before the game, comics made during development, notes with songs to play while you read (if you own the Okami Original Soundtrack), among other unexpected surprises!
~ As to the overall quality of the book, the ink is of very good quality and the pages are fully printed to the last corner and flawless. The only minor issues I can point to this book are that the pages get curvy easily due to air moisture (specially if you live near the sea), and that opening the book completely while reading may cause it to fold on the side, which isn't a very big problem since the cover art resambles an old and special book, and the folding actually contributes to a more realistic feeling to that idea (and gives you the handsome bonus that this book might just never look bad for many decades to come!).
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If you are a fan of Okami and enjoyed the great art of the game, then this is a must buy. It's a great deal at this price (currently around £25) and more than worth it. If you are unsure whether it's worth the asking price, then I assure you that it is, and then some. I also implore you to pick it up while you can at this price. The price of this book can shoot up to many times this asking price if you don't take the chance while you have it.

But as for the book itself, it's brilliant. Seeing all the art up close and in print is great, and it feels right to see in in an analogue setting, instead of on a TV screen. Earlier parts of the book aren't that insightful though. There's a lot of gorgeous art, including a full version of the bestiary, but it doesn't really tell you anything that the game doesn't already. Most of it is just blurbs describing characters and what not, much of it lifted directly from the game.

Later in the book when you get to concept work things get a lot more interesting though. There's some cool insight in to unused ideas from development, and what influenced character designs. There's a lot of very surprising stuff in there. Apart from just showing character concepts and ideas that were eventually cut, it shows a lot of depth behind how characters were conceived, with some explanations that are sure to raise an eyebrow. It also shows a lot of very early concept work, long before the game took a shape anything like the final product. It's all really fascinating, and even brings out a chuckle or two in some places.

Overall it's a gorgeous and brilliantly presented piece of work, that has clearly had a lot of love put in to it. If Okami has captivated you like it has many others who have played it, then this book will surely enthral you. Have no hesitation in picking it up!
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