REVIEW: Satelight Art Works

Title: Satelight Art Works
Author: N/A
Year Released: 2015
Publisher: Yosensha

Being a Macross fan, I know that recent titles from that franchise have been made by Satelight. It’s only recently that I’ve started collecting art books, so I decided to buy this book.

So what’s inside? The book has 4 main chapters, with the first 3 focusing on the anime they have done through the years.

Chapter 1: 2014-2011
Nobunaga The Fool
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
M3 The Dark Metal
White Album 2
Arata Kangatari
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Log Horizon
Bodacious Space Pirates
Aquarion Evol
Senki Zessho Symphogear

Chapter 2: 2010-2006
Anyamaru Tantei Kirunminzuu
Kiddi Girl And
Macross Frontier
Kissdum Engage Planet

Chapter 3: 2005-2001
Sousei no Aquarion
Noein Mou Hitori no Kimi e
Macross Zero
Heat Guy J
Earth Girl Arjuna

Chapter 4:

There’s a lot of ‘Art Of’ type of books out there, unfortunately for this book I’ve seen better. My main complaint is that it seems mainly to be a listing instead of a true artbook. I was looking forward to seeing concept art but there’s only few and some are quite small in size. There are pages where they put in the characters for each show but it’s pretty useless because several are crammed into one page. Even the mecha disappointingly get the same treatment. And not only are the mecha crammed in but a lot of the colors are dulled. I don’t know if it’s due to printing cost or they are just plain lazy to make the mecha have clear colors and discernable.

Now I haven’t read the text but, as an ‘art works’ book I expected more than what you would see in the hobby magazines. I would have preferred it if they had broken it up into other books and concentrated on specific topics like ‘Satelight Mecha Art Works’ or ‘Sci-Fi Art Works’ or ‘Fantasy Art Works’ or ‘Character Art Works’. Or even just sections like background setting or CG and just discuss their best work in each category. The book looks like it wants to please everybody, but if they wanted this info out a website would have been nicer. And you’d probably get more info from a dedicated web site anyway.

To conclude, the book is mostly an overview of what Satelight has done over the years. But if you want more ‘art works’ from a series you are better off looking for it somewhere else–either another dedicated book or magazine, or the Internet itself. On the other hand, if you have money to burn and you want a filler book on your shelf or coffee table, you can purchase it online.  🙂



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