Welcome to the UDON Bestseller Report for June 3rd, 2014, featuring the hottest-selling titles from UDON Entertainment! For only the second time since we started posting this list, long-time fan favorite Okami Official Complete Works has dropped off the chart – so what hot new titles have taken its place? Keep reading to find out how the competition shook out this week!
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
For the third week in a row, Dark Souls Design Works hangs on strong at the top of our charts! For those of you having problems finding a copy at your local store, a reprint will be coming this summer – we just hope it’s enough to meet the amazing fan demand for this collection!
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)
Hot on the heels of Dark Souls Design Works is Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works, 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!
Click here to check out a 10-page preview!
$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
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.
Click here to check out a 10-page preview!
$39.99, 136 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2
For years, Fate/Complete 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″,
Rounding out our top five is this fabulous collection from Japanese artist Ni0 (pronounced “Nishi”)! Ni0 is famous for his exotic imagery and alluring character designs, and this book makes it clear that his fame is more than well-deserved! Included in this special hardcover volume are magazine covers, promotional artwork, and rare pin-ups from his best-known works, including Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls, Queen’s Gate, works for Nitro+, and more! This selection of saucy and scintillating artwork is a must-have for anyone who appreciates both skilled illustration and beautiful ladies.
Suggested for mature readers.
Click here to check out an 11-page preview!
$44.99, 176 pages, hardcover, 9″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-03-4
Moving up to #6 this week is SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul! Transcending history and the world, a tale of souls and swords eternally retold! SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul collects the artwork of the ultimate weapons-based fighting game – SoulCalibur V. One of the most detailed art books UDON has ever released, this collection is packed with series lore and features character designs, rough concepts, storyboards, creator commentary, character relationship charts, exclusive interviews, and more!
Click here for a 14-page preview!
$39.99, 192 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-95-2
Back on the charts after a brief absence, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is the first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! 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)
Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 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!
Click here for a 9-page preview!
Featuring unmatched artwork of heroes, heroines, demons, and gods, Rage of Bahamut has taken the mobile world by storm to become the world’s most popular mobile card battle game! Rage of Bahamut: Official Art Works includes some of the best artwork from the epic card game, plus exclusive interviews with the game’s artists. If you’ve appreciated the beautiful designs of Rage of Bahamut in the game – or if you simply enjoy top-tier fantasy artwork – this is a collection that definitely belongs on your shelf! (preview)
$39.99, 144 pages, Softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-06-5
DmC: Devil May Cry depicts a duplicitous world where nothing is ever as it seems and the line between good and evil is constantly blurred. Spurred into action by the promises of a trusted relation, Dante bursts into this new world intent on revenge at any cost. DmC: Devil May Cry Visual Art collects all the concept art behind this modern re-imagining of the Devil May Cry universe and its characters. Included are key visuals, character and location designs, unused concepts, and creator commentary.
Click here to check out a 12-page preview!
$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-97-6
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)
Rounding out our top sellers for this week is an older but still much-beloved title, Persona 4 Official Design Works! 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! (preview)
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