Udon Are Publishing The Shigenori Soejima Artworks Art Book [Update]

By Ishaan . July 11, 2011 . 11:36am

Readers that have been with us since last year may remember the Shigenori Soejima Artworks book, published by Enterbrain in Japan, we posted about back in August. In case you didn’t import it — or want to buy it again in English — Udon are translating it and bringing it over.


For those not in the know, Shigenori Soejima is the character designer and art director for Persona 3 and Persona 4, and more recently, he also worked on Catherine. However, the art book only covers games that Soejima was involved with between 2004 and 2010, so Catherine won’t be included, unfortunately.


Amazon have the book up for pre-ordering both in the U.S. and in the U.K. It’s slated for an October release.


A big thanks to Siliconera reader Celedin for the heads up!


Update: I own the import version of this, which I just pulled out so I could give our readers an idea of what’s in it. As you’d expect, Persona 3, Persona 4 and P3P all have separate sections to themselves. So does Stella Deus.


Following that, there’s a section on miscellaneous work Soejima did on other projects. Here you have an image from Another Century’s Episode 3, some of Soejima’s work in Faust (a literary magazine published by Kodansha), and some artwork from The Phantom Dante, a novel again published by Kodansha. At the end, following all this, is an interview with Soejima.

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  • No words, just :D!

  • Wow, that’s awesome! I can’t wait to be able to read the interview pages :D

  • DanteJones

    I don’t usually buy artbooks, but think I’m gonna shell out the cash for this one. :)

  • It’d be nice if these guys could first publish the Ar Tonelico art book they promised us for June… which I’ve had on pre-order with amazon since April… and which has now been pushed back till January 2012 :(

    • Yeah, I wish we knew more about what was going on with these artbooks, it’d be nice to get an official release date or something.

      • According to their schedule on Udon’s website the Ar Tonelico book is due for an August release. (This is a recent update as when it was first put back to Jan, there was no mention of the AT book anywhere on the site)
        None conflicting info really would be nice

        • Ah~ Thanks~ Let’s just hope that August is right!

    • OneOkami

      Heh, if I’m not mistaken, I think the Valkyria Chronicles Design Archive was originally scheduled for April….Yeah that ain’t happened yet, either.

  • So what games would that be, just P3 and P4 (P1P?)? I preordered anyway. I love P3 character designs.

    • amagidyne

      Sort of. There are different sections for P3, FES, P3P, P4, Stella Deus and “Other art works”.

      ..I’m seriously considering ordering an English copy just to get the interview at the end translated..

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Pre-ordered.  Now release the entirety of Kaneko Works.

  • Needs more Kazuma Kaneko :3 :3

  • origami_samurai

    For an artist that admires his art work, I’m definitely buying this :)

  • DO WANT!

  • This is just to awesome to hear!! I actually Brought the Soejima Artworks book at Kinokuniya. Money well spent! And I’m definitely Buying it again. X3

  • WANT

  • puchinri

    Is there Trauma Center art in it? Even though I didn’t want the artbook as much after a while, I’m excited that it’s getting released here~. (We’re really getting a number of artbooks lately.)

    I hope Kazuma Kaneko gets an artbook released soonish or eventually~.

    • No, nothing from Trauma Center unfortunately. I was disappointed by that, too.

      • puchinri

        Ahh, that’s a shame. Maybe there’ll be some Trauma Center art in his next artbook~. (Because there has to be another!)

        Oh! Just remembered, unrelated, but I think earlier this year or late last year, you guys had a post where there were shmups (for Xbox) mentioned that weren’t going to be region-locked. Do you remember what those were?

        • That was 5pb’s Bullet Soul I think…

          Was it a single game or multiple? Bullet Soul’s the only one I can remember off the top of my head, but if you have anything else you remember about the post, I could try to dig it up. :)

          • puchinri

            Ohh okay. We were talking about Death Smiles and some stuff and I mentioned the other shmups and how one or two actually were confirmed to be region free (and much rejoicing commenced). 

            I’m pretty sure it was more than one game. I kept thinking Muchi Muchi Pork, but I don’t know if it was the one mentioned in the post (because there was a video I was watching too and I just know that either the video or article confirmed that Muchi Muchi would be region-free for Xbox as well).

            Thanks Ishaan~.

    • PrinceHeir

      thanks for reminding me that O__O

      i have yet to open my new sealed Trauma Team game.

      and yes we need more of this games as well as in the art department :P

      • puchinri

        Anytime~! :’D
        (Next time I see a comment from you, I’ll have to remember to ask how you like the game~.)

        Most definitely.

        • PrinceHeir

          awesome2 :D

  • IceRomancer

    I’m imported this awhile back but I think I might buy the English version to support artbooks in NA :)

  • Ryos

    Soejima art book=instant buy.  Well, whenever Udon releases it, anyway.

  • SOLD!~ I can’t wait for this.

  • Already own the Japanese version. Its beautiful. The only text it has is an interview at the end. Only 4 or 5 pages. Too little to convince me to buy again in english.

    I already have the Atelier book and have Ar Tonelico and Valkyria Chronicles books ordered.

  • KuroAlmaz

    For those who do not know, http://www.nattoli.net does reviews on art books and has the Soejima art book for review.  After I saw the book, I bought the import.  Like RyougaZell said, there is not enough text to really care about the English translation. 

    Udon claims that Ar Tonelcio art book is supposed to be out late July/Early August.  I  emailed them and told Udon to fix the issue with “Amazon’s guess the release date.”  Quite frustrating about the release date changing with the wind.

    • Locklear93

      It’s been maddening.  It’s not just the Ar Tonelico artbook, either.  They’ve been bouncing my Valkyria Chronicles art book around, and at one point canceled it on me completely.  I have orders for that one on both Amazon and B&N now, and whoever doesn’t ship first, gets the order canceled.

    • PrinceHeir

      i also advise people on going to Nattoli and Parkablogs


      love both of this sites in terms of gaming art books :P

  • OMG, I was trying to import it, but now than its been translated 
    God bless the translator :D

  • PrinceHeir

    amazing stuff :D

    i still need to get the Valkyria Chronicles and Okami Artbook :P

  • XypherCode

    cool ^^

  • shuratan

    This is an awesome artbook for anyone a fan of Shigenori Soejima’s artwork~

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