The Ys series made its first appearance in 1987 and captured the hearts of many gamers throughout the years with its sequels. One constant in the Ys saga has always been its tremendous attention to its art design and for many years, fans had no single place to view the art in one physical outlet. That changed last year with the release of Ys: the Art Book in Japan and now UDON Entertainment has translated the book and has released it in English for the many western Ys fans to enjoy!
This fantastic art book contains materials featured in about 25 years of Ys games! From the recent Ys: Memories of Celceta and all the way back to the original Ys, this book almost has it all! While the book is a little light on content from the earlier games, there is plenty of art from the many re-releases of the games in the series; so readers won’t get too upset. Dialing in on the looks of the artwork, its amazing stuff. Incredibly detailed and noble illustrations of the many characters we’ve seen in the series seemingly jump right of the pages. Even if you’ve only played a single Ys game, the book is worth checking out just to experience the artwork of the other games.
This 280 page book is printed on glossy paper, which helps show off the artwork better then anything you could find on the internet.The binding of the book is very secure and doesn’t give off the feeling that pages will start falling out of it. UDON certainly took themselves to task to make sure this was a quality release and it shows. If you’re a Ys fan and you haven’t already picked up the Japanese version of this book, this is a must have for sure.
Release date: March 19th (Comic stores) Late March/April (Book Stores)
Price (U.S.): $44.99
Page Count: 280, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″