GUIDE: Persona and Shin Megami Tensei art books

Are you one of the many, many fans of the mega-popular Persona series? Or perhaps the core Shin Megami Tensei series is more your jam? Whatever flavor of Atlus’ unique Japanese RPG franchise you prefer, UDON has you covered with a wide variety of art books filled with incredible artwork! The variety is so wide, in fact, that it might be tough to figure out exactly which Persona and/or Shin Megami Tensei art books are right for you at first. That’s where this handy guide comes in!


 

Persona 3: Official Design Works

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Persona 3: Official Design Works includes all of the official artwork from the unique PlayStation 2 hit Persona 3. But it includes a lot more than that, too – there are character designs and profiles, storyboards, rough sketches, backgrounds, an exclusive interview with Persona 3’s creators that touches on some surprising themes, tons of creator commentary, and more! If you just can’t get enough of Persona 3, this is the book for you.

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Persona 4: Official Design Works

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As you might expect, Persona 4: Official Design Works is much like the Persona 3 version above… except for Persona 4. Imagine that! As the title that catapulted the Persona series into mainstream success like never before, Persona 4 is universally loved and critically-acclaimed for its intriguing murder-mystery story, endearing characters, excellent music, and – of course – its gorgeous artwork by series artist Shigenori Soejima. Persona 4: Official Design Works collects all of that amazing artwork as well as character designs and profiles, rough sketches, Persona designs, an exclusive interview with the game’s creators, and more! This book pairs especially well with…

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Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works

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For the true Persona 4 mega-fans out there, we have two dedicated art books for your favorite JRPG! Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works focuses on the series’ first foray into the 2D fighting genre and includes character designs, storyboards, sprite sheets, pin-ups, creator interviews, character profiles, and — spoiler alert! — story summaries! If you’ve ever wanted an in-depth look into the creation process of Persona 4 Arena’s breathtaking hand-drawn character animation, this is the art book you want!

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Devil Survivor: Official Material Collection

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Maybe Persona isn’t really your thing, and you prefer the subtle complexities of Atlus’ core Shin Megami Tensei series. That’s fine — we have some awesome art books for you as well! Devil Survivor: Official Material Collection collects the requisite character designs, storyboards, creator interviews, and promotional artwork from the hit Nintendo DS game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, which are sure to satisfy any fan. Uniquely, however, this book also serves as an amazing companion piece to the game itself, as it includes a detailed demon guide as well! If you want to get absolutely everything out of Devil Survivor and see every last bit of content it has to offer, you can’t afford to pass this book up!

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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks

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The latest in UDON’s line of Shin Megami Tensei art book localizations, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks is filled to bursting with gorgeous background and character designs, incredible artwork of the game’s many demons, an exclusive interview with the game’s creators, and even a detailed glossary of important terms in the world of Shin Megami Tensei IV! This art book won’t make the notoriously difficult Nintendo 3DS game any easier, but it will definitely immerse you in the game’s world like never before and give you an in-depth look into its creation!

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Shigenori Soejima Artworks

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If you’re not a particular fan of any one Persona or Shin Megami Tensei game but still can’t get enough of series artist Shigenori Soejima’s lush artwork, this is the book for you! Shigenori Soejima Artworks covers one of Soejima’s most prolific periods in his art career and includes many of his beloved illustrations from Persona 3, Persona 3 FES, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4, and Stella Deus, and even features a small selection of his non-video game artwork. Also included is an in-depth interview with Soejima himself — essential reading indeed for many fan and/or budding artist! This the only art book on this list that is currently out of print, so if you’re lucky enough to come across a copy at a convention or in your local comic book shop – snatch it up!

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Hopefully you now have a better idea of which Persona and Shin Megami Tensei art books are right for you. Better yet, you can just buy them all — we at UDON certainly won’t blame you! Go on… you know you want to!