Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/12/11
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Celebrate the imaginative art of 30 years of the Dragon Quest video games, as designed and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, legendary creator of Dragon Ball.
Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) brought the world of the renowned Dragon Quest video games to life through his creative, fun and inventive design work. Thirty years of genius are on display in this stunning comprehensive hardcover collection of over 500 illustrations from the Dragon Quest video games, from Dragon Quest (originally released as Dragon Warrior in English) to Dragon Quest Heroes II. Includes fold-out poster of the Dragon Quest timeline.
Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular Dr. Slump. His hit series Dragon Ball (published in the U.S. as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his design work on video games such as Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1, and most recently, Blue Dragon. His recent manga works include COWA!, Kajika, Sand Land, Neko Majin, and a children's book, Toccio the Angel. He lives with his family in Japan.
What's really let me down with this book, however, is its mediocre construction. I preordered this title the moment I saw it, so it was really disappointing that when it arrived it was moderately warped and had a loose front cover. I sent it back for a replacement and while the covers are more secure, this one is slightly warped as well. The whole book flexes and buckles in a way I've not experienced with a hardcover before. I have Viz Media's Nausicaa box set, and the bindings on those are perfect, so I know they're capable of doing it right if they want to.
A must-have for series fans, young or old.