|Die Sterne: Neon Genesis Evangelion Artbook|
|Original Publication Date||1997 (first edition); 2003, 2005, 2007 (Version 2.0)|
|Publisher||Kadokawa Shoten, Japan|
|Dimensions||12.91" x 10.08" x 0.6"|
Die Sterne (German for "The Stars") is a softcover artbook published by Kadokawa Shoten. It contains over a hundred pages of full-color illustrations by original character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and a long list of other artists: Takeshi Honda, Shinya Hasegawa, Shunji Suzuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Tadashi Hiramatsu, Ichiro Kamei, Kou Youshinari, You Yoshinari, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Hideyuki Fukuoka, Sushio, Hideyuki Morioka, Masayuki, Ikuto Yamashita, Takeshi Okazaki, Tatsuya Egawa, Katsuya Terada, Sho'u Tajima, Tsutomu Nihei, Kazuaki Koizumi, Yuuji Kaida, Yoshinori Sayama, Nobuteru Yuki, Mitsuaki Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Takani, Katsuichi Nakayama, Shoji Saiki, Kazuhiro Takamura, Nobutoshi Ogura, Shigeki Sunada, and Hanako Enomoto.
The images in this book come from a variety of promotional materials such as posters, calendars, magazine covers (Kadokawa Shoten Comics, Shonen Ace, Newtype Monthly, etc.), album and DVD covers, game packaging, toy packaging, phone cards, body pillows, and even potato chip bags and coffee cans. The contributions of these various artists, depicting the familiar characters in different settings and different styles, from so many scattered and obscure sources, make this collection quite unique.
A second edition, Die Sterne Ver.2.0, was released in 2007, with all the material from the original plus an additional 75 new illustrations. It is in Japanese, but most of it is just artwork.
The picture below is by Yuuji Kaida. It was first published in Fujimi Shobou Dragon Monthly, 1997.
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