Thanks to Udon for providing me with this advance copy of the book.
If the scheduled date is correct, this book is coming out in Jan 2013. But since I already have this book in hand, it might be released earlier.
This is the English translated edition of ペルソナ4 公式設定画集 that I already have. There are some slight differences. The English book is A4 size, slightly larger than the Japanese book, and there's no dust jacket.
I'll just duplicate the review of the Japanese book below.
The art book for the highly rated Playstation 2 game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, known in Japan as ペルソナ4 (PERSONA 4).
It collects mainly the character art. They are art from various states of expression and costumes, which I think are art direct from the game. There are also some sketches for each. The style is anime-like and the characters suffer a bit of the same-face syndrome - they look rather similar if not for their costumes. Some guys are dressed as girls - pretty strange. The costumes aren't really unpredictable as they are street wear.
There are also designs for the summoned Persona and Shadow (enemy). Those are definitely unique and is to the standard of weirdness you would expect from Japanese design.
Towards the back are more miscellaneous sketches for the side cast. The environment (3D) art are actually just screenshots from the game. The game involves weather changes so there are several pictures of each place in different weather conditions. Most of the places are school compounds and so the visuals look pretty normal, again nothing unpredictable. They are printed rather small.
This book should appeal more to fans of the game and Shigenori Soejima art.
The book's a review copy from Udon Entertainment.
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