Book Review: Intron Depot 2: Blades

Intron Depot 2 Blades

Masamune Shirow (wiki) is the creator of Ghost in the Shell. But you won't find any concept art from that manga or anime here.

This is a large size art book containing full page coloured illustrations Masamune Shirow has created from 1992 to 1998. That includes commissions for game art, posters and other projects.

There are lots of female character illustrations done in strong manga style. Every piece is captioned to explain the project and concept.

The costume designs for the fantasy characters are extremely elaborate, detailed and unique to the point that I think is quite impossible to create in real life. That being said, the designs take away a little believability as a result.

If I am to summarize this book in a sentence, it would be this: Erotic girls in fantasy setting. The interpretation of fantasy is really out of the world.

Whether you like the book will depend on whether you like manga style.

This book was first published in 1998 and might be hard to find now.

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