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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 27 May 2012
Shigenori Soejima is the character designer at Atlus, the Japanese video game publisher.

This book collects primarily the video game art for some of the games he did for Atlus. They are Persona 3, Persona 3 FES, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4, Stella Deus and a small section of his non-video game works. Catherine is not included as it came out in 2011.

This book is actually the translated edition of the original Japanese book (ISBN 4047267473) that was published in 2010. The difference here is there's no translucent dust jacket.

The illustrations are beautiful. I like the manga style, the line work and the colours. The interview actually explains the difference between anime and manga style, such as the use of cast shadows instead of tone shades. The coloured illustrations are all printed full page while the opposite pages are mostly wasted white space by printing the accompanying line art at only quarter page size. There are several two-page artworks that are quite difficult to see because they are printed across the gutter. One rather good piece is split at the character's nose.

The lengthy interview is a good read. Shigenori Soejima talks about how he got started drawing, the influences he has, design concepts, and all the other work he did at Atlus that were not published. He actually contributed to a lot of games but only those that had artwork are included in this book.

Much of the work in the book were actually collected in other Japanese art books dedicated to the games themselves, such as Persona 3: Official Design Works and Persona 4: Official Design Works, both which Udon will also be translating. The duplication is extensive. So, you can either get two of the video game art books, or just this book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 6 January 2012
This is a lovely book, filled with illustrations which really showcase Shigenori Soejima's amazing talent. From full cast pictures and character scenes from Persona 3 and 4, artwork from other projects to a stunning painting of Aigis (partial view on front cover) these pictures are simply stunning. The use of colour to shade and different hues for lighting and shadows is inventive and inspiring, whilst the line work is clean and crisp, and the characters are drawn in dramatic and eye catching poses.

If you are a fan of the art work of Persona 3 and 4, this really is a must buy. The interview at the back is a fascinating and insightful bonus, covering several pages and lots of topics, from how he got started to how he came to work for Atlus, alongside two (similar) portrait photos of the artist with some of his Persona merchandise.

The paper is of good quality, and the art is printed clearly and thoughtfully - the only slight downside is that one illustration covering two pages is slightly obscured in the middle. Otherwise the layout of the book works well and the spacing is elegant and well thought through to allow you to enjoy each piece in it's own right. This artwork is truly deserving of a book release and £18 is a sure bargain for something you will be able to look through and enjoy time and time again.
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on 8 March 2012
I had just completed Persona 3 on the PS2 and I must say, it has replaced Final Fantasy Vii on the original PS1 as my favourite RPG ever. I loved the characters and setting of the story, and couldn't get it out of my head even after finishing the game. I decided to buy this, yes it's a bit expensive, but the quality of the product is second to none. If you love Persona, or anime artwork and illustrations this book is incredible. Full colour, 160 pages of beautifully drawn art.
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on 27 February 2012
Allot of people say what's the point in buying art books when you could find or get the images from on-line and I see their point, but if your a person who admire others artwork you would purchase the book to show your support or even if your a fan of the persona series. The contents within the book is somewhat outstanding to frustrating, there are artwork from all the Persona 3's (including P3P) to Persona 4 there are even other art beside the Persona series including projects such as Stella Deus and Momoiro Taisen Pairon, and an exclusive interview with the artist himself. The frustrating part is while some pages contains artwork full of vibrant colours that opens your eyes wide open the next page contains line art that cropped in to a corner, the line art is self in fine by all means as it compliments the images that they are next to. Whilst its not with all the line art but the majority within the book. Still a wonderful art book as well as a good reference.
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