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It's great that publisher Udon has translated the original Japanese artbook ベヨネッタ設定資料集 (The Eyes of Bayonetta). The Japanese edition went out of stock pretty quickly and the DVD was region coded to Japan.

So what's the difference between the Japanese and English edition?

The English edition is a hardcover book and comes with a DVD that's not region coded. Cover art is different. What's missing are the slipcase and the two posters featuring the bosses. The two posters are quite good so it's too bad they weren't included here.

Since the book is just a translated edition, the review that follows is largely adapted from the review of the Japanese edition artbook.

The Eyes of Bayonetta is the official artbook for Bayonetta, one of the crazier Japanese games I've played. It features concept art for the characters, Angels, Infernal Demons, weapons, accessories and environment.

This is mainly a character design book with designs. You'll see Bayonetta, Jeanne, Enzo, Rodin, Luka, Cereza, Balder and other characters. There are lots of coloured sketches as well as high resolution character graphics, featuring plenty of poses and costumes including many discarded ideas. Costume design is definitely one of the highlights. Notes and artists' scribbles are all translated.

This game has some really unique and exquisite enemy designs. The concepts are out of the world, mixing angels and demons with extra shiny metal. The designs are intricate and requires some time to explore, although sometimes there can be too much things going on, which can get confusing visually.

If you like weapon designs, there's a whole chapter on it. There are guns, blades, claws and torture weapons. I love the weapons in this game. They look stylish and incredibly powerful.

The chapter on environment art is a bit limited considering there are more sets featured in the game. However, the art is beautiful and detailed. There are buildings, architecture, vehicles, statues and all those design elements on walls and pillars.

The DVD has 73 minutes on the making of Bayonetta. This is one of the rare video game artbooks that come with a making-of DVD so it's a fantastic bonus.

Highly recommended to fans of the game and those who like the art style.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 10 March 2014
I've never played the first Bayonetta game (but I've pre-ordered the sequel on the Wii U), so I decided on buying the art book of the game to find out more.

Though I had to collect it from the post office (as it was deemed too big to go through the letter box), it was worth it! The art work within is absolutely astounding! Sketches (finished and WIPs) and even unused ideas for costumes for the main character, gun designs, boss designs and the list goes on...

There's even a DVD at the back of the book which gives more details and information about the making of the game I believe (I have yet to watch it)

I bought this book not only to read and understand more about the game, the characters and the concept designs, I bought it because It'll help me to become more creative and help me come out from my comfort zone (my art work is somewhat tame and tasteful, some of the unused designs are a little raunchy)

For any Bayonetta fan out there, I recommend this book to you.
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on 3 August 2014
I'm about to finish this book and I cannot believe how great it is. If you're into the behind-the-scenes of games this is THE book for you.
Bayonetta is a fantastic game, it was such a breath of fresh air with crazy-ass ideas and action and reading this art book only made me appreciate Platinum Games even more. These guys love what they do and they've thought about every single tiny detail in the game, even things that me and you wouldn't notice whilst playing.
The quality of the book itself is perfect, glossy ,sturdy pages and a hardcover. HQ images of initial designs and final designs and comments of the staff explaining their thought processes or telling little anecdotes are spread all over the book, but not so much that it becomes boring.
You also get back stories of characters and accessories which you don't get to see in the game.
Summary: This books will expand on the world of Bayonetta and it will be a great addition to your library, there is no way you will regret buying it . I know the price is a bit steep... But it's worth every penny.
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on 3 September 2014
Anyone who is into this weird, strong female character will love this book and especially the Making-of DVD. Quality paper and print as well as solid binding make this worth your money!
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on 2 May 2015
Love Bayonetta and the art book of the game shows the amazing detail behind it plus unused art. Worth adding to the art book collection especially if you're a fan.
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on 25 November 2015
Absolutely love this book. I haven't got a bad word to say about it.
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on 1 March 2015
Hideki Kamiya's comments make this worth buying
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on 21 September 2014
Was alot of money but it was well worth it :)
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on 23 January 2015
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