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The Art of Blade of the Immortal Hardcover – Jun 1 2010


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  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Manga (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825124
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2 x 31.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 17 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:33 Mins
This is actually the English translated edition of the similar titled Japanese art book (ISBN 4063647234) published back in 2008.

This hardcover edition published by Dark Horse features an additional 32 pages of artwork. That's over 150 pieces of samurai art.

If you like the pencil and ink covers by Hiroaki Samura, then this book is for you. It contains primarily the covers (up to manga volume 17), other coloured illustrations, the chapter break splash pages and some inked panels. Everything's about twice the size of the manga illustrations. This is a pretty big book.

The reproduction is pretty good, especially for colour illustrations where you can see the texture of the canvas showing beneath the paint. About half the book is in pencils. Unfortunately, there aren't any rough sketches or comic layouts.

If you're a reader or collector of Blade of the Immortal comics, then you already know what to expect.

Nice book for the fans.

Oh, this book is also much cheaper than the Japanese edition.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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For the fans July 17 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is actually the English translated edition of the similar titled Japanese art book (ISBN 4063647234) published back in 2008.

This hardcover edition published by Dark Horse features an additional 32 pages of artwork. That's over 150 pieces of samurai art.

If you like the pencil and ink covers by Hiroaki Samura, then this book is for you. It contains primarily the covers (up to manga volume 17), other coloured illustrations, the chapter break splash pages and some inked panels. Everything's about twice the size of the manga illustrations. This is a pretty big book.

The reproduction is pretty good, especially for colour illustrations where you can see the texture of the canvas showing beneath the paint. About half the book is in pencils. Unfortunately, there aren't any rough sketches or comic layouts.

If you're a reader or collector of Blade of the Immortal comics, then you already know what to expect.

Nice book for the fans.

Oh, this book is also much cheaper than the Japanese edition.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book! Aug. 1 2010
By Em - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of Blade of the Immortal, this was a wonderful treat. Hiroaki Samura collects artwork spanning from the creation of his comic until a few years ago, including the covers of the volumes and bonus illustrations that appeared elsewhere. As a bonus, the book is only thirty dollars, which was highly surprising, as it is filled with full-color illustrations and bound beautifully in hardback. Viewing the work huge and crisp is wonderful, as it is usually reproduced much smaller. We can enjoy Samura's illustrations up close and personal, as they are meant to be seen.

The only drawbacks I can say is that if you are a big fan of his work, you've probably seen all of the pictures already, since many of them are covers to the trades. However, there is art I haven't seen before included in the book, and they even included the translated interview with the artist, which was great. Hopefully, Samura will release a book when the series concludes with the rest of the works, as he mentioned.

Getting this in the mail was like opening a present at Christmas! If you're a fan of Blade of the Immortal, the book is a must-have. And if you're not, you can still appreciate the mastery that is Samura's art.
Amazing look at Samura's art July 15 2010
By Shaloop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you've been collecting the Blade of the Immortal manga you've already seen most of the art in this book, but you haven't seen it like this. This book collects most of the frontpieces and covers from the series as well as some of the splash pages from the regular story. Compared to the manga, the larger format and higher quality printing allow for a much better look at the amazing pencil and ink work. For would-be artists and fans it offers a chance to really study Samura's draftsmanship and appreciate his great design and compositions.
Samura at best. June 11 2013
By malcomiles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although most of the illustrations are from "Blade of the Immortal" Manga. The oversize it's excellent to dive in the delicacy of Samura pencils tones.

I think he is one of the great masters of the illustration alive, and his art could appeal manga enthusiast and any unrelated person who enjoys high quality art.

Of couse the entire book consists in character drawings from the edo period, with swords and the like, but as I said, a very realistic approach to drawing make this book pretty much a must have.
GREAT ITEM!!! Dec 17 2012
By Francisco Javier Diaz Virgen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If there's one word that could define this book, that word would be AWESOME!!!

Seriously, this book contains some of the best art ever made for Blade of the Immortal, from cover art to splash pages, every single page of the book is an example of the quality and masterly of Hiroaki Samura's work.

So, if you are a fan of Blade of the Immortal or just love to see some amazing work, then THIS is a MUST HAVE.

Don't hesitate to get this book while you still can...


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