“This isn’t the first time we’ve released an English-language edition of an art book based on a game that isn’t available in North America,” said UDON Marketing Director Christopher Butcher. “It won’t be the last, either. While traveling in Japan, UDON Chief Erik Ko and I came across these books and just loved them, even in the Japanese. Whether fans are only familiar with the Trails in the Sky anime that was recently released in North America, or are coming to this series for the first time, we feel that they will appreciate the strong character designs, beautifully rendered artwork, and the hints of the epic adventures contained in these books… even without the games in hand!”
The Legend of Heroes: The Illustrations weighs in at more than 272 pages and is comprised entirely of fully-rendered artwork created for the games, including pin-ups, story artwork, advertising art and much more. The Legend of Heroes: The Characters is also 272 pages, and is a character-designers dream come true. It’s full to the brim with character designs, costumes, facial expressions, rough concepts and tons more. Both books have been completely translated into English, and the artwork contained within covers the games Trails of Blue, Trails of Zero and the Trails in the Sky trilogy, as well as the “Trails” artworks from the spin-off game “Ys vs. Trails in the Sky: Alternative Saga.”
Full press release below.