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Persona 3: Official Design Works [Paperback]

Atlus , Shigenori Soejima , Shigenori Atlus
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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July 3 2012
Featuring the character designs of Shigenori Soejima! Go behind the scenes of Persona 3, one of the most unique and respected RPG''s ever. Inside you''ll find character designs, rough sketches, storyboards, backgrounds & settings, an exclusive interview with the game''s creators, and more!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for fans of the game June 26 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:54 Mins
This is the video game art book for the highly acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3.

The Japanese edition of this book (ISBN 4757730942) was originally published in 2006. Udon does a great job at translation, as usual. The book only has 144 pages so that's quite thin compared to other Udon art books.

It collects the character designs, sketches, storyboards, backgrounds, miscellaneous in game items, and interviews with the creators, producer and director Katsura Hashino and Shigenori Soejima.

The character designs are from Shigenori Soejima who designs not just this but for other Persona games as well. The character designs are in the form of coloured illustrations, sketches, in-game screenshots of poses and costume changes. Chapter 2 covers Persona and Shadow. Initial and ultimate Persona are both included.

The background art consist of sketches and the coloured version. It's a short section with 6 pages. There are only 6 colour illustrations and each is printed smaller than quarter-page size. The sketches are larger but not all sketches have coloured versions included.

There are a few pages of splash art. Some you might have seen in Shigenori Soejima Artworks SC. Not much is duplicated.

It's a good book but I feel that fans of the game and the Persona series will enjoy it more.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Artwork May 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of the video game, and are interested in the art, there couldn't be a better collection for Persona 3. The book absolutely amazing and filled with breathtaking concept art. Even the book itself is very well crafted and brings pleasure when simply opened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but short May 12 2013
By Anng
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The art is stunning, but just like the P4 artbook, it feels a lot shorter than other game artbooks I've gotten. I wish there was more of the locations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this. Feb. 27 2013
By Frofire
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a big fun of Persona 3 and 4. This book provide enough material to conclude the game, but from a fan's point of view, there should be more stuff, though.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for fans of the game June 26 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the video game art book for the highly acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3.

The Japanese edition of this book (ISBN 4757730942) was originally published in 2006. Udon does a great job at translation, as usual. The book only has 144 pages so that's quite thin compared to other Udon art books.

It collects the character designs, sketches, storyboards, backgrounds, miscellaneous in game items, and interviews with the creators, producer and director Katsura Hashino and Shigenori Soejima.

The character designs are from Shigenori Soejima who designs not just this but for other Persona games as well. The character designs are in the form of coloured illustrations, sketches, in-game screenshots of poses and costume changes. Chapter 2 covers Persona and Shadow. Initial and ultimate Persona are both included.

The background art consist of sketches and the coloured version. It's a short section with 6 pages. There are only 6 colour illustrations and each is printed smaller than quarter-page size. The sketches are larger but not all sketches have coloured versions included.

There are a few pages of splash art. Some you might have seen in Shigenori Soejima Artworks SC. Not much is duplicated.

It's a good book but I feel that fans of the game and the Persona series will enjoy it more.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Higher quality than I expected Aug. 27 2012
By LMM_s - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I checked the video review here at amazon, I thought this would be a good but thin book with the main illustrations that make the game. I was completely wrong. This book covers practically every concept art made about all the characters (even minor ones), backgrounds, Personas, even some common enemies were covered, along with plenty of text to explain the reasoning behind the designs.

On top of that, the book itself looks really fancy, the cover is shiny and the internal texts have a glossy feel to them. Recommend it to any fan of the Persona series or fans of concept art in general.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Art Book of P3 Sept. 16 2012
By shayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you never got the limited edition of Persona 3 or if you are a fan of Persona 3 then this is the book for you. This books showcases all of Shigenore Soejima line art and rendering that went into creating P3. There are even little commentary spread through out the book describing his intention and the emotions and feeling that he wanted to capture as well as unused art that wasn't in the game, like the original design of the main character. Their is 140 pages of stills and artwork from P3 in this book and they are breath taking. A great art book that should be picked up by anyone who is a fan of Shigenore and/or Persona 3.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have March 27 2014
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this art book as well as the Persona 4 art book and boy was I not disappointed. What wasn't perfect about this book, the pages were crisp and used that thick type of paper that I look for when buying any type of art book. Many of the character models were there even some of the minor ones. I particularly enjoyed the sections regarding shadows and personas. My only complaint is the size difference and content difference between this art book and the one for Persona 4. The Persona 4 art book just felt like it had more in it than this art book did. Overall though I really enjoyed this book and it is a must have for any die hard Persona fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Item for a Fan Aug. 10 2013
By Jon E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this art book, but I must say the small text size and silver ink used in some entries make it difficult to read.

Aside from that, any fan of Persona 3 would love this book.
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