It's been a while since I sunk my orbs into an artbook, but thanks to PIE International I've rekindled a desire I'd forgotten I had with The Art of Posuka Demizu.
The book is 192 pages of colour illustrations delivered in a chunky 18 x 22 cm format. While this is smaller than your standard artbook, in-hand it feels perfectly sized for any coffee table.
Posuka Demizu's art is fantastical in all the right ways. His highly detailed landscapes are populated by detailed and dreamy imagery ranging form giant sea turtles to incredibly detailed markets - one image, showcasing a stall selling keys, has an insane amount of varied and unique keys scattered across the cart.
AS well as detail, the scope of the imagery offered is sublime - characters turning pages of books that contain 3D city-scapes within, characters sleeping in bottles, portraits of underwater life with land cities in the background, even flowerpot cross-section diagrams showing rooms under the soil... The variety of imagination on display here is stunning, and makes for one of the most engaging artbooks I've perused in years.
Pie have always maintained a very high standard of product, with excellent translations and quality printing. This one is currently my favourite of all their releases, and that's really saying something.
As much as I love artbooks dedicated to a single anime or manga series that show off characters designs and backgrounds, The Art of Posuka Demizu is an artbook on another level - if you like your fantasy imagery off-the-chart odd-but-adorable, get yourself a copy of this book. It's a great way to spend your time with a coffee!