Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s DER MOND (Revisited, U.S. Edition)

DER MOND by Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO
DER MOND by Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO.
© GAINAX © YOSHIYUKI SADAMOTO © 1989 NHKSOGO VISIONTOHO
© BANDAI VISUALGAINAX
© SNK 1992 © 1998 LOVE & POP PRODUCTION GROUP

Check out the original review of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Der Mond import art book.

English-speaking anime and manga fans can find themselves in a slight quandary when they consider purchasing art books. Should they go ahead and get the Japanese or other licensed edition? Or should they go ahead and purchase a domestic imprint of the title, which is in English, but may or may not be of the same reproduction quality or — for that matter — complete?

If you wanted the best of both worlds, sometimes, the answer was to buy both. These days, that is not necessarily the best answer.

Viz Communications took a bold step in late summer/early fall of 2001, publishing a domestic version of Der Mond, a collection of illustrations by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia and more).

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VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU, Vol. 1: Origins by Toshihiro Hirano & Narumi Kakinouchi

VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU, Vol. 1: Origins
VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU,
Vol. 1: Origins
by Toshihiro HIRANO & Narumi KAKINOUCHI.
© 1989 Narumi Kakinouchi.

[Review copy provided by Studio Ironcat.]

It’s tough being a vampire.

Miyu should know: She happens to be a vampire charged with foiling the often-deadly plans of evil spirits, known as “shinma.” Time and again, she and her sole companion, a reformed shinma named Larva, send the supernatural beings back to the darkness from which they came.

These confrontations have a price, however, as they cause this series’ namesake heroine to ponder some difficult questions. Why is she charged with her lonely watch? And what separates her from the beings — both shinma and human — that she hunts out of duty and necessity?

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Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s DER MOND

DER MOND by Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO
DER MOND by Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO.
© GAINAX © YOSHIYUKI SADAMOTO © 1989 NHKSOGO VISIONTOHO
© BANDAI VISUALGAINAX © SNK 1992 © 1998 LOVE & POP PRODUCTION GROUP

Beyond the Art of EVANGELION

Every anime fan knows that character design is one of the most important attributes of any movie or television series. It sets the artistic tone and, at a glance, helps establish the personalities that will drive the storyline.

Some talented artists have made a career of this specialty, becoming household names among legions of dedicated otaku.

One such artist is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, character designer of GAINAX projects such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia – The Secret of Blue Water and The Wings of Honneamise. 

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