Welcome to the UDON Bestseller Report for May 27th, featuring the hottest-selling titles from UDON Entertainment! For the first 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
Fan love for Dark Souls Design Works continues to blow away the competition, keeping this title in the #1 spot for the second week in a row! Despite being sold out on the distributor level, Dark Souls Design Works continues to sell like crazy through retail outlets, although stock levels are starting to drop quickly. 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)
$39.99, 128 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-89-1
#2. Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works Moving up to second place 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!
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$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN: 1-927925-04-5
#3. Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material
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″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-12-6
#4. Gurren Lagann Art Works
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
#5. Ni0 Art Works: Nishi’s Alluring Figures
Ni0 (pronounced “Nishi”) is famous for his exotic imagery and alluring character designs! 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.
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.
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$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-97-6
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
Putting in another strong showing in this week’s bestseller list 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!
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$39.99, 192 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-95-2
Back in the charts after a brief absence is Persona 4 Official Design Works! This awesome title collects all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game! (preview)
$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Diamond: FEB121165, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
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!
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Holding steady at #11 is Ys: The Art Book, celebrating over 25 years of Ys, the flagship series of Japanese RPG publisher Nihon Falcom! Ys: The Art Book collects the fantastic artwork of more than a dozen titles in the Ys franchise, from the original game all the way up to the brand-new Ys: Memories of Celceta. Includes pin-ups, character designs, rare concept art, and more! (preview)
$44.99, 280 pages, Softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-01-0
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!
$49.99, 224 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778426
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