A pair of cool new MegaTen books have been announced for the English-speaking market. The Persona 4 manga seemed somewhat unlikely to receive a localization, as it originally released back in 2008. The good folks over at Udon Entertainment, however, have obliged and brought it over, alongside the Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks book. The art book is also a couple years old, so it is good to see them receiving a release overseas.
Following a string of mysterious murders, transfer student Soji Seta and his new friends have followed the legend of the Midnight Channel and found themselves pulled into another dimension! In this twisted TV world, a person’s innermost secrets materialize as a Shadow — an entity that may become a powerful ally, or something much worse…
The Persona 4 manga spins a tale most fans will be familiar with, though having that story in a condensed, readable format never hurt anyone! Some differences are apparent in the manga, though, particularly in that the main character is named Soji Seta, not Yu Narukami like in Persona 4: The Animation. Such differences are likely just because this is Shuji Sogabe’s interpretation of the story, rather than worked on by the whole Persona team. The first volume of the manga released on October 13 of this year and retails for $13.99. The rest of the volumes will release on a bimonthly basis.
In Shin Megami Tensei IV, samurai clash with demons and feudalism meets the futuristic in a post-apocalyptic world. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks collects the gorgeous imagery behind this critically-acclaimed RPG for the Nintendo 3DS. Inside you’ll find character designs, backgrounds, demon designs, rough concepts, creator commentary, and more!
This softcover, full color art book for Shin Megami Tensei IV also releases on October 13 of this year for the retail price of $39.99. Some acclaimed character designers are featured artists in this art book, including Yasushi Nirasawa (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust), Keita Amemiya (Kamen Rider), and Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police). There will be 208 pages, so there’s plenty of art to enjoy. Both this and the Persona 4 manga volume can be pre-ordered right now through Amazon and Amazon.ca.