If you’re a Dragon’s Crown fan, or a person who simply appreciates George Kamitani’s magnificent artstyle, you really should own (or at the very least, page through) Atlus’ Dragon’s Crown Artworks. Allow me to explain why.
In his Dragon’s Crown review, Senior Reviews Editor Tim Torres wrote that the ” large 2D graphics, typical of Kamitani’s exaggerated illustrations, flex, morph and stretch with an anime-meets-Renaissance style that must be seen in motion to truly appreciate.” That’s a truly appropriate description of the game’s jaw-dropping visuals. But those visuals didn’t magically appear on your screen — they began life with an artists’ hand.
Dragon’s Crown Artworks highlights the concept art, portraits, and animation stills that went into shaping Dragon’s Crown‘s gorgeous visuals. There’s even a Dungeons & Dragons-style Monster Compendium that gives you a brief rundown of the in-game enemies — fitting considering that Kamitani helped designed Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons Tower of Doom . The book’s rear even has a few pages that showcase the characters as envisioned by Akiman, Gouda Cheese, and Kinu Nishimura.
Check out the gallery below to peep a few select pages. If you want to see more, let us know in the comments below. Maybe we’ll take more snaps or fire up the ol’ video cam to walk you through the book.