I just received my copy of a new Dougram art book called Fang of the Sun Dougram the Comprehensive. In recent years publishers in Japan have been putting out large, comprehensive art books for many 80’s anime series. I’m glad Dougram finally got its turn. In the past I’ve gone looking for Dougram art books but met with little success.
Weighing in at 240 pages (32 in color) this book gathers all art work connected with the 75 episode TV series from 1981. I can’t read the Japanese text but I can see the staff interviews, episode guide and special pieces on aspects of Dougram. The big color maps of the Dougram world are very cool. The first 7 pages are an art gallery of color illustrations but they are reproduced at a rather small size.
If you have any interest in Dougram this would be the book to get. I’ve always wanted to see the show and was excited when I recently saw the first 25 episodes subtitled on the Torrent sites. As most mecha fans know, the first incarnation of the Battletech game in the U.S. took many of its mecha designs right from Dougram (along with the Crusher Joe movie and Macross).
As a long-time mecha fan this book was definitely worth the price for me just to get all the Dougram mecha designs in one place. I got my copy from www.benippon.com.