Ys: The Art Book
fantasy franchise This gorgeous book charts how the look of the venerable Japanese role-playing game Ys has developed over a 25-year period
This extensive art collection celebrates 25 years of Ys, the flagship series of Japanese role-playing video game publisher Nihan Falcomi.
The thick 280-page softcover book displays artwork from more than a dozen titles in the Ys franchise, from the first game in 1987 right through to the latest one in 2012. The book highlights the evolution of the game’s art over two decades primarily through character designs. There are hundreds of vibrant illustrations, which include rare concept art, storyboards and character poses, the detail of which you could pore over for hours. While dominated by characters, it also features a small yet brilliant selection of miscellaneous art too, including props and locations.
Commentary is sparse, with the only text being short notes next to some of the illustrations. While this doesn’t take anything away from the artwork, we would’ve liked some more information about the games that they’ve inspired. Overall though, this is an excellent collection of manga art and a worthy investment, recommended to character designers and Ys fans alike.
Although this book centres mainly on character art, the scenery is also amazing.