Yasuomi Umetsu Art Works

October 14th, 2009, 8:45PM by nat | 7 comments


Yasuomi Umetsu's first new art book in ten years, titled Visual Art Works BORDERLESS, just came out today so I felt it was the perfect time to review his last art book, titled Yasuomi Umetsu Art Works Kujuku. Though you may not know his name, you've undoubtedly seen his art work featured in A Kite, Mezzo Forte, Mezzo DSA, Girl's High, Gatchaman and Casshan: Robot Hunter.

Yasuomi Umetsu Kujuku CoverRobot SuitMasked Avenger

ToothpastePolice Line-upA little man

The book starts out with a series of original illustrations that, like the cover art, aren't affiliated with an show or series. However, many of the characters in the art work do bear a striking resemblance to the characters he draws for anime. It should also be noted that there are several works in the book that are adult in theme, so this one is not for kids! But this review is completely work safe.

A Kite A Kite

A Murder Yellow Star

There is of course, a large section on the art work for A Kite, most of which aren't appropriate for this post ^^; A Kite and Mezzo Forte came out a year before this book was first published (in 1999) which no doubt helped Umetsu's popularity. There's also one art work for the OVA Yellow Star which was a very risque animation.

Hurricane PolymarGatchmanCasshern


A large part of the book is also dedicated to some of Yasuomi Umetsu's more family friendly works like Hurricane Polymar, and Casshan: Robot Hunter (to an extent ^^;) For a little trivia, Casshan: Robot Hunter was a remake of the 1973 series Shinzo Ningen Casshan, which was even more recently re-made in 2008 (the one most people have likely seen) as Casshern SINS. Do you ever give older anime series a chance, or do you stick with the new stuff?

Elicia OVAElicia OVAGundam

Old SchoolSeraphimRacers

Since Yasuomi Umetsu pimarily designs for anime, he still works as an animator for parts of a lot of shows. For instance, he did the ending art work for Girl's High. So there are quite a few pictures from series that he didn't do character designs for as well.

Crazy Group Green-haired girl

More Gatchaman Casshern

Above, some more of his work from Gatchaman and art work from something I don't know about. Gatchaman, Hurricane Polymar, and Casshan all really have a very similar look. I guess that's just the trend for super heroes of the time.

Santa's HelperPilotsGuns and Smoke

When not going for the cel-shaded style that is so prevalent with anime, Yasuomi Umetsu gives his art work a very soft water-colored look.

Ink ArtsYellow StarAngel

Robot CarnivalGatchaman SketchCasshern Roughs

The last few pages of the art book include black and white line arts from the animations he's worked on, an interview, and also some color sketches for shows he's contributed to. There are also a couple pages of "Congratulations" art from guess artists. Yasuomi Umetsu Art Works Kujuku is 128 pages, with about 80 pages in color and the rest in black and white. Due to the age of the book, you'll probably have to buy it used if you want a copy, or you could wait for the review of the new Yasuomi Umetsu book before making that decision ^^



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14 years, 7 months ago


There's a new one from him? Praise ceiling cat for allowing this to happen!

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14 years, 7 months ago


And it only took 10 years ;P

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14 years, 7 months ago


At least for me I started out with the old shows but after seeing the classics it's time for me to move on to watching a new show now and again.

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14 years, 7 months ago


I did the same, in fact, I've watched most of the shows in this book ^^;

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14 years, 7 months ago


I hate this style of artwork, I'm glad it's behind us, I really feel the anime art style was perfected at the turn of the century.

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14 years, 7 months ago


The way I see it though is, give us another 10 years and we'll be saying the same about the stuff that just came out this year.

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7 years, 5 months ago


This is very amusing to me since i just had this conversation with a friend. I think that anime from the 80s and 90s had the best style to them and that the early 200s stuff was kind of...well, bad. You where completely right nat ^^.( I just stumbled up on this post because of a google search on Umetsu artwork. )