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Gundam 00 Yun Kouga Design WorksGundam 00 Yun Kouga Design Works

MoroMoro6年前Review
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I apologize for the missed week. I have a very demanding university class that takes a lot of work each week and initially I just couldn't budget time to post. I should be able to post normally from here on out but if there are other delays, then you know why.

Today I'm going to do another artbook review. This is an official book, unlike the Madoka doujin artbook I talked about in the last artbook review.
This one came out in 2009, a bit after Gundam 00's second season had finished airing in Japan. Gundam 00 is a non-UC Gundam series that never quite got as much critical acclaim as SEED. However, it has far and away the most beautiful character designs of any Gundam series--there are maybe two or three characters in the whole thing that aren't spectacularly pretty, and none of those are main characters. The reason for this is because mangaka Kouga Yun (of Loveless fame) was responsible for doing ALL of the character designs!

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Gundam 00 is my favorite Gundam series and Kouga Yun is my favorite mangaka, so when I had a chance to pick this up for only 1800 yen I didn't hesitate.
The book is pretty substantial, at 79 pages plus a pull-out poster at the front. It doesn't have perforations so I have not removed it from the book. It's standard size for a photo book poster but it only has one side printed.
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At the front of the book are several color group images of main characters, but most of the book is just black and white sketches.
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As a side note I love this illustration. Everyone's expressions are so great.

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Naturally the four Gundam pilots get the most space as well as their bridge crew and immediate antagonists. Lots of drawings of the pilots at various different ages...Kouga Yun draws such adorable shotas, it kills me. Setsuna in particular gets a whole four pages to himself.

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Kouga Yun draws Setsuna just like Ritsuka but without the ears. It's really funny.

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EVERY CHARACTER IN THE SERIES gets at least one or two illustrations, even little minor characters who don't do much in the plot. (Seriously, I'm not tagging it with all of the characters. I just tagged the 4 pilots or I'd still be tagging this time tomorrow.) Looking through the book it really brings home how many characters this series built up over the course of two seasons. I always hated Nena Trinity though.

Bonus fun trivia fact: since all the female characters of Gundam 00 have such huge boobs, the production crew apparently had a habit of referring to the series as "Gundam DD."

I highly recommend picking this up if you're a 00 fan since it's so inexpensive. It's also a great drawing reference if you're artistically inclined since it shows at least a few views of every character, and more important characters get multiple expressions as well. Additionally it has every character's name in Japanese and in English, which is INCREDIBLY useful for the characters in this series. (Katakana words are the bane of my existence and I always have trouble reading them at first.)
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I think I need this book. I love both Gundam00 and Yun Koga. Her artwork is beauiful! Where did you buy this from?

Edit: No worries I found it ^^
6年前
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Kanon (6年前) #1346074Yun Kouga is one of my favorite mangaka too, and she did quite an amazing job on the art and designs for Gundam 00. I think her art really did the show justice. Now I have to rewatch!
(Random thought, it always made me laugh how Johann's shorts are shorter than Nena's...)

You know I never noticed that until now and now I won't be able to unsee it. OH WELL HER BROTHERS ARE MUCH BETTER THAN HER ALREADY
6年前
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Yun Kouga is one of my favorite mangaka too, and she did quite an amazing job on the art and designs for Gundam 00. I think her art really did the show justice. Now I have to rewatch!

(Random thought, it always made me laugh how Johann's shorts are shorter than Nena's...)
6年前

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