Just like the first volume of Monster Hunter Illustrations, Udon has done a wonderful job again with this second volume.
This is the English translated version of the Japanese edition モンスターハンターイラストレーションズ 2 (Monster Hunter Illustrations 2).
This English edition is one single book as compared to the 2-book set of the Japanese edition. Udon has combined both books together. That's 400 pages of artworks. They even used the same type of paper as in the Japanese edition, semi-gloss paper for the coloured illustrations and normal white paper for the sketches.
Since the content is the same, I'll just duplicate the review for the Japanese edition below.
The games featured are Monster Hunter (tri-) 3, Monster Hunter (tri-) 3G, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.
There are plenty of art for the monsters, characters, weapons, armour and miscellaneous designs for symbols and other stuff. The monsters art has always been awesome. The characters wear outrageous armour and sometimes carry weapons bigger than themselves. The designs are pretty cool because they look organic as they are created from monster materials such as bones, teeth and leather.
The sketches feature character art mostly. It's pretty cool to see how the line work evolve into the actual coloured version. Unfortunately, the sketches are not labeled with the game they are for.
The text are mostly interviews with the designers. All the labels pointing to the drawings are also translated so you can now make sense of what's what.
Overall, it's concept video game art book for Monster Hunter fans and concept artists.
The book's a review copy from Udon Entertainment.
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