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Transformers Visualworks cover

Look to the right! No, the other right!

Transformers Visualworks is a Japanese-exclusive art book featuring artwork mainly from Generation One and Generation 2. The book was published by Million Publishing on December 4th, 2007.


Vital statistics

ISBN 978-4-8130-2069-1
Pagecount: 128


Content

The world of Studio OX

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This section mainly includes colour artwork published in TV Magazine, Comic Bom-Bom and Newtype during the mid-1980s in Japan. It is subdivided into sections for the Autobots and Decepticons, and battles between the two factions, focusing exclusively on the characters of Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers and Transformers 2010. There is a noticeably large amount of combiner art, and the famous head-ache inducing piece of Megatron and Galvatron fighting together on Metroplex's shoulder. The final page of this section is for "color charts," showing colorized versions of a small number of Studio Ox's character model sheets, including some which are not featured as line art later in the book.


The world of Ban Magami

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This section contains works by Ban Magami, the original character designer for the assorted Japanese-exclusive Transformers animated series, including illustrations from TV Magazine. The section opens with a small selection of random artwork from each series through to Victory. It was after these series that Magami began drawing large story page illustrations for TV Magazine, and the book turns to focus on these, showcasing numerous images from the final third of Zone, at least one image from all but one of The Battlestars' story pages, and finally, several Operation Combination images to round out his part of the book.


The world of Hidetsugu Yoshioka

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Slag! You just ruined my precious!!

This section features various artwork from Hidetsugu Yoshioka, opening with a collection of miscellaneous art from various sources, featuring series as diverse as Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers and Operation Combination. This is followed by line art of Yoshioka's famous laserdisc covers, rendering the entire cast of the animated series in four super-deformed cram scenes, then by several images created for e-Hobby exclusives like Ga'mede, Orion Pax and Pepsi Convoy. Yoshioka's section is rounded out by a complete collection of all sixteen of his Generation 2 mini-comics, in full color.

Between this section and the next, there is a "Special Feature" spotlighting the cover art for the CD set Transformers Song Universe and special art featuring Artemis and T-AI, both illustrated by Munetaka Abe.

The world of line art

At this point, the book shifts from glossy color paper to uncoated black-and-white stock. This section features a wide variety of images, including design art and conceptual art, and features work from both Studio Ox and Ban Magami.

Studio Ox's section begins with a large gallery of character models, many of which were seen (at a smaller resolution) in Transformers Generations. Three pages of monochrome artwork from Comic Bom Bom follow, and the Ox section is then brought to a close with a final random collection of line art and sketches, including some unused Super Hybrid Model designs for The Headmasters characters.

Magami's section contains a sampling of his original character designs for The Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory, including multiple technical cutaways and storyboards for processes like Fortress Maximus's transformation and Head Formation.

Between this section and the next, there is another "Special Feature" page, featuring six manga strips from the instruction booklet for the Transformers: Mystery of Convoy video game.

The world of related people

This section contains interviews with creators involved in the Transformers franchise, including Yoshioka, Magami, Tokubiko Sugita, Akira Danizaki, Shuto Nagajima and Masumi Kaneda. A few more random illustrations are spotted throughout these pages, including Sixliner by Magami, and pictures from the comics Yoshioka drew for the Arcee and Elita One MC Axis model kits.


Notes

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Here comes the postman.

  • Note that the book features much, but by no means close to all, of the artwork of TV Magazine, Comic Bom Bom, LD covers and other sources. For example, the section "Illustrations by Ban Magami" omits several works published on TV Magazine from the late Japanese G1 era (including The Battlestars and Operation Combination) and the cover works of DVD-box series. TV Magazine, in particular, featured a huge variety of artwork that was not covered by this volume. In addition, most of the art from the section "The World of Hidetsugu Yoshioka" is original monochrome line art instead of colored version. The section doesn't feature any of the box art by Yoshioka, either. *That really hurts fans' feelings.*


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