Are you ready for this week’s UDON Bestseller Report?!? This information is gathered and reported to us from comic book stores and other bookstores across the world! Keep reading to find out what UDON’s hottest books are, and where you can buy them!
#1. Dark Souls Design Works
Once again, Dark Souls Design Works hangs on strong at the top of our charts! Showcasing the grim and chilling artwork behind the fan-favorite Dark Souls game in a gorgeous hardcover collection, Dark Souls Design Works features key visuals, concept art, character and monster designs, rough sketches, and an exclusive interview with the game’s creators! (preview)
Holding strong in second place is Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! This epic collection showcases all of the artwork from the third generation of Monster Hunter games (and some from the second generation), including Monster Hunter Tri, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd! Includes character, armor and weapon designs, environment paintings, rough artwork, and extensive commentary by the Monster Hunter teams throughout the book! As a bonus, our version of the book collects the Japanese black-and-white and color Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 books into one massive collection!
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Another strong showing keeps fan-favorite Persona 4 Official Design Works in the top three for this week! This awesome book collects all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game!
Persona 4 Official Design Works is packed with hundreds of illustrations, sketches, character designs, landscape paintings, and even more from fan-favorite designer and artist Shigenori Soejima, Persona 4‘s art director and character designer. Soejima goes in-depth on nearly every illustration, with extensive comments on every major character and revealing insight into the background and secondary characters, the creation process, and the game’s setting. To top it all off, this amazing collection ends with a massive 9,000-word interview that details the entire game’s creation from start to finish! (preview)
Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only GAINAX can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a nonstop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the dynamic imagery of this landmark series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more! This stellar book features a ton of double-page spreads, merchandise artwork, and other rare artwork created for the anime and supporting products.
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$39.99, 136 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2
Fans continue to show their love of Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1, rounding out the top five titles for the second week in a row! Featuring everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is the first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! In this volume, Mega Man travels to outer space to tangle with Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters as well as the mysterious Break Man! Then, it’s the ultimate race! Mega Man, Bass, Roll, Proto Man, Ice Man, Guts Man, and even Dr. Wily himself go head-to-head in a grand prix that spans halfway across the globe!
The three-volume Gigamix series features every Robot Master from the first eight classic Mega Man games, as well as the Stardroids, Bass, Proto Man, Duo, Drs. Cossack, Light, and Wily, and more! (preview)
$12.95, 224 pages, 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-23-5
Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works is the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! This new release is packed full of beautiful babes, menacing monsters, awesome action, and all the great style you’d expect from the rulers of the night!
Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works collects the artwork of every Darkstalkers game, including key visuals, character illustrations, promotional artwork, rough concepts, and creator commentary. Also featured are multiple new interviews with the creators behind the series, plus all-new tribute pin-ups from your favorite Capcom artists!
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$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
More than just a standard art book, The Eyes of Bayonetta is an awesome collection of artwork, designs, and commentary that comes with a full-length DVD documentary about the creation of the Bayonetta game, including exclusive interviews with director Hideki Kamiya and other key figures behind Bayonetta! A must-have for all of the die-hard fans of this amazing character and game! (preview)
Monster Hunter Illustrations features an amazing collection of artwork and designs from the popular Monster Hunter video game series! UDON reprinted the original, sold-out Monster Hunter Illustrations book to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Illustrations 2, and fan support for this reprint has been phenomenal. Snag your copy before it sells out again! (preview)
For years, Fate fans have been asking us to translate some of the Japanese-language material available for the franchise. We’re thrilled to see all the resulting fan support for our first book in this initiative, Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material!
The Fate franchise has grown from a popular visual novel into multiple anime and manga series, video games, and more. Fate/Complete Material Vol. 1 is the first in an art book series and collects the in-game artwork from the original “Fate/stay night” visual novel, plus key visuals and promotional artwork. It includes a wealth of cutscene illustrations, pin-ups, and rare promotional and advertising artwork.
$39.99, 240 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1 is set in the Netherworld school known as Evil Academy, where students learn to be proper demons! Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor roll at this sinister school. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the “worst” kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!
#11. Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works
Back on the list once again is Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works, one of the most-requested art books in our company’s history! Bursting with illustrations, character designs, story and development material, animation storyboards, and more! (preview)
If you haven’t checked out Okami Official Complete Works yet, you really need to see what you’re missing! There’s a reason this collection is one of the top-selling books in UDON’s publishing history – it is totally gorgeous. Based on traditional Japanese brush painting, Okami’s visual style has become a fan favorite. This gorgeous book shows off all of the artwork for the original game!
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