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Udon Ent. Establishes Anime Art Book Line, Adds Disgaea 3 Manga (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
3 Evangelion, Haruhi, Read or Die art books to ship in 2012-2013

Udon Entertainment announced at its panel at San Diego Comic Con on Friday that it is establishing a new anime art book initiative. The company will launch the new line with five art books.

Udon Entertainment will release three Neon Genesis Evangelion art books. The Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations book will contain original artwork created for the Evangelion Chronicle encyclopedia series. It will also include rough sketches and creators' comments. The book will go on sale in November 2012.

The Evangelion Chronicle: Side A book will cover the first 13 television episodes of the original television series with original artwork, a character relationship chart, character and EVA profiles, a timeline, and a comprehensive episode guide. The Evangelion Chronicle: Side B will provide the same details for episodes 14-26 plus original movies.

The Read or Die: R.O.D. Official Archive art book provides the "ultimate guide" to the world of the Read or Die original video anime series and the 26-episode television anime series. The book will ship in December 2012.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Art Book will feature the work of illustrator Noizi Ito. The book will be released in 2012.

Udon Entertainment also announced it will release Shin Sasaki's Disgaea 3: School of Devils manga. The company also confirmed it will release the second and final volume of Yak Haibara's Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends manga.

The company will also release additional video game art books, including Marvel Vs. CAPCOM: Official Complete Works and Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials.

Udon Entertainment also announced it will release the Super Street Fighter: New Generation hardcover graphic novel in November 2012, the Street Fighter Origins: Akuma graphic novel in 2013, and the Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks book in September 2012. These three books are being released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise. Additionally, the company will launch the Street Fighter Online website that will feature stories from Udon's Street Fighter comics. The website will update five days a week with new content.

Update: Udon Entertainment confirmed with ANN that its press release was incorrect and it is releasing Shin Sasaki's Disgaea 3: School of Devils manga, not Arashi Shindō's Disgaea manga.

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