Mega Man: Official Complete Works (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/10/16
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With over 100 video games to his name, Mega Man is one of the most recognizable icons of gaming.
Mega Man: Official Complete Works showcases 30 years of artwork from this classic series, featuring character designs, box art, promo art and many rarely seen art pieces. Fan favorites Proto Man, Bass & Treble, Rush, Dr. Wily, tons of robot baddies, and of course the blue bomber himself are all packed into this prestigious collection.
This book retains the paperback format, low gloss pages and layout. The cover has a glossy embossed Mega Man printed against a matte cover. It's very beautiful and Mega Man pops out nicely.
There are both good and bad in releasing the original book as two volumes in English. The bad, of course, is the higher price. The good is the it's thinner and more friendly to the book spine. By comparison, my 320-page "SF20: The Art of Street Fighter", also from Capcom, has slight spine creases when I open the book wide.
The art inside is arranged by chronological order and game platforms. The book is filled with colourful character designs, sketches and illustrations from game covers, manga and other merchandise. The variety is amazing. The pages are packed with so many versions of powered up Mega Man, the bosses and enemies. Whatever you can think of is probably found in this book.
It's nostalgic looking at some of the art, especially those that I've played so many years ago. There are a few comic strips behind and one interesting one is on the birth of Mega Man. There aren't any screen shots of the game itself though.
Accompanying the designs are lots of quotes from the Japanese artists. They talk about the characters, ideas, and you can gain some interesting insight into their working environment. There are 7 artists doing the designs and they are Ryuji Higurashi, Hayato Kaji, Keisuke Mizuno, Tatsuya Yoshikawa, Hideki Ishikawa, Shinsuke Komaki and Yoshihisa Tsuda.
This book is a great tribute to the Mega Man franchise, highly recommended to all fans.
If you like this book, check out Mega Man X: Official Complete Works also.
The full list of game titles included are:
* Mega Man 1 to 8
* Mega Man & Bass
* Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
* Mega Man II to V
* Mega Man: The Wily Wars
* Mega Man: The Power Battle
* Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
* Wily & Light's Rockboard ~That's Paradise~
* Mega Man's Soccer
* Mega Man Battle & Chase
* Super Adventure Rockman
* Rockman Complete Works (PS)
* Rockman (PS)
* Rockman 2: The Secret of Dr. Wily (PS)
* Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? (PS)
* Rockman 4: A New Ambition!! (PS)
* Rockman 5: Blues' Trap!? (PS)
* Rockman 6: The Greatest Battle of All Time!! (PS)
* Rockman Battle & Fighters (NGP)
* Mega Man & Bass (GBA)
* Rockman Power Battle Fighters (PS2)
* Mega Man: Powered Up
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
If Amazon allowed it, I'd give it 4.5 (as it stands, I gave it a 5) only because the blurbs are frequently all too brief and there isn't much background text. I realize that it's an art book, but there are times when I come across a beautiful picture that begs for a little backstory, and it seems a bit wanting. At other points, I came across a personal favorite robot master's design, and I wanted to know about the process or some background information.
These minor drawbacks aside, I can fully recommend the book. After robust images covering Mega Man 1-8, and a few other associated games, you get galleries bursting with content, model sheets, and promotional artwork. There's plenty to look at, and even after you've been through the book a couple of times, you can amuse yourself by watching the Mega Buster move from right arm to left in various iterations of Mega Man.
If you're a Mega Man fan, I don't think you'll be disappointed.