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Persona 3: Official Design Works Paperback – Jul 5 2012


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (July 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192677843X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926778433
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 20.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 26 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frofire on Feb. 27 2013
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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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By Anonymous_4 on May 23 2014
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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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By Anng on May 12 2013
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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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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.)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Art Book for a Great Game Sept. 26 2012
By Nikoli - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, I just want to say that I am not a fan of most "art" books, even if I love the artist(s) or series. I don't buy a book just to LOOK at full page pictures. I want to see where the artist/design team first started when they came up with the idea and how it transformed into what we know now. I like being able to read their thoughts and comments on each step or the design over all. This book does NOT disappoint, and does a great job of letting the reader see into the minds' of the game's brilliant team.

Persona 3: Official Design Works starts off with some nice promotional art and then leads into breakdowns of each character, all the story-relevant Personas, some shadows and enemies, the "world" itself, some color charts, and lastly into a lengthy interview with the game's producer and art director about the themes of the game. It's well composed, and has got some great early/rough drafts, some of which I almost wish they used instead. Ha.

My only real complaint was that they only threw in the rough drafts for a handful of characters, some of which I believe didn't even really warrant the attention. I love rough drafts, because I believe they do a great job of letting you see... well everything I mentioned int he first paragraph. Yukari has the most, filling up a whole three pages, but many just have a sketch or two labeled "final design". I'd love to pretend the design team was so genius they got every character right the first time, but... I doubt it. I understand some early drafts might have been deemed so embarrassing, atrocious, or just plain unworthy to be seen by human eyes they decided not to include them, but a few more wouldn't have hurt.

Besides that, overall it was a great buy and I definitely can't wait until my copy of Persona 4: Official Design Works shows up the mail!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must have for any Persona 3 fan. Dec 19 2012
By Hell Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you are an old fan of Persona 3 or new to the series this is a must have art book. It does include some of the art that was included with the original PS2 game's artbook, but it also has plenty of new material. The book is well done and beautiful to look at. Udon got the translation spot on, so you can read about the creation process in addition to enjoying the illustrations.

You have characters, personas, creatures, and settings all available in seperate chapters. If you haven't beaten the game though beware of spoilers, as can be expected they lurk within. Overall though is a great purchase for yourself or a gift for fans of the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Must have March 27 2014
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
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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.


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