What Are Your Favorite Light Novel / Manga Covers?


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    Just curious what other people think of cover designs and what they like in a cover. For me, the grandiose and the stylish is definitely my fav.

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    The best novel cover on JNovel Club. This artist is just doing something different from the norm here with these stylish, mature designs with fully colored backgrounds.

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    Definitely my favorite novel covers. I just love that aesthetic. It's a bit similar to the above Faraway Paladin in terms of the mature character designs with a bit of a unique look, but also with a little more white space and more reserved color choices. Just looks really nice on a shelf.

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    I'm not a big fan of Overlord from what I read, but the cover designs are so neat. Good mix of that dark aesthetic with some dully bright (can you have dull brightness?) browns and oranges.

    Kizu

    This is kind of an understated one, but I like the colors. Very intriguing, just like her regal appearence in the book is to our protagonist.


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    Half the reason I buy anything Overlord-related is for more art by so-bin. Was super disappointed when RightStuf had to cancel all those limited edition anime releases since their allocation was canceled and the product went out of print :(


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    Probably these 5 are my favourite LN and manga covers:
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    The colour choice and style is very subtle and calming. It's simple yet very interesting and I just absolutely love it.
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    The art style is very nice especially the brush type style. It's nice and dark which goes well with the story since TG is a pretty dark/violent manga.
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    Everything just blends well together, the font style goes very well with the art and everything just fits into place you know?
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    Such an amazing cover. It's not too busy and the art is drawn very beautifully. Again it's subtle and very calming, it catches your attention and makes you want to read it.
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    The orange and gray goes very well together and fits in with the manga (Inaho's kataphrakt is orange). It showcases the 3 main characters too which is awesome. I love the text font and the quote under it "LET JUSTICE BE DONE, THROUGH THE HEAVENS FALL."


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    I like that Aldnoah cover. The anime was a bit forgettable in its second half unfortunately, but there were some moments in the first half.

    Some good manga covers I like (I'll add a few more later).

    Nichi 1

    Not the most artistic covers, but boy are they filled with neat references. And the deer in the classroom on cover 1 is just too zany to pass up.

    That Jerk

    The leader of the Band of the Hawk himself. There's a lot of neat Berserk covers, though some of the elegant ones less SFW than others.



  • Before you read my essay please realize this is my opinion and if you disagree feel free, just don't take it to heart and try to argue with me. There is never a losing side with opinions.

    lol I didn't scroll down when I had this thought but I was going to say Tokyo Ghoul RE: has probably my favorite art style. When I saw Tokyo Ghoul Re:'s picture as I scrolled down I said to myself, "damn beat me to the post". As for what I voted for was Rokka's cover art style, I just love it. I'm a art major and I'll be creating art with a similar style to that of course it will take a long time but I'll do it when I get some spare time. As for Faraway Paladin, I'm pretty sure one of my first posts in JNC was me praising the serious vibe the art style gives to the series; it gives you a view of roughness which is how the plot goes which makes it my favorite art style for a series in JNC. I also like Grimgar's art style as it also gives you a rough texture feeling when looking at it. Lol, I guess I'm not into art styles that make it look too "cartoony" or "childish". Hope I don't get hate for this but I'm not a fan of the art style of Realist Hero or World's Strongest (just to prove that even if the plot is ok or good doesn't mean the art is aswell,also vise versa but to each their own), I love those 2 series but not into the illustrations. As for the choice of colors I'm a big fan of dramatic themed art or colors that show symbolism (Tokyo Ghoul/Re:'s Ishida Sui does this a lot and that's why I love his art style), I specially love when the artist use complementary colors. As for Overlord I didn't give it the proper critique it deserves as I didn't mention anything about it, I think it's just that is has too much going on and that sometimes isn't good, love the roughness the art style has but as I said before it's too chaotic and it can make people really love it or not. It's a hit or miss. Last but not least monogatari's art I just plain like. I wouldn't go to crazy into explaining details about what I like about it because truthfully I can't XD , it's just something that looks good and since I've seen the anime I think the art style just fits it so well for visual imagery as you read.


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    Some of my favourite covers (Berserk, Tokyo Ghoul) have already been mentioned, but I also quite like the simple, high-quality art on Viz's release of Vagabond. It's nice to have covers which are more unique.


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    I like the look of this cover. Two volume series (at least so far). =]

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    (Wait, is everyone on the cover but the gal smoking? Don't smoke guys).

    https://bookwalker.jp/de8dd7c002-5bd4-47bc-b763-b8500bf3f9c5/?acode=WpfPW3yk

    Pony Canyon the publisher.



  • Overlord takes my vote. So-bin's art is god-tier.


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    Any Chapter covers in Manga that

    a) tells a story

    b) adds/continues the story in the manga

    c) serves as a great cover

    an example would be Yona of the Dawn Chapter 50 cover:
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    And the Recent Ancient Magus Bride Chapters Like chapter 32:
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    @hyferzftw said in What Are Your Favorite Light Novel / Manga Covers?:

    As for Overlord I didn't give it the proper critique it deserves as I didn't mention anything about it, I think it's just that is has too much going on and that sometimes isn't good, love the roughness the art style has but as I said before it's too chaotic and it can make people really love it or not. It's a hit or miss.

    I would have to disagree with you there, Both the Book covers and Chapter covers do not have too much going on. Vol 1 Cover is the only one you can really argue that. An example of illustrations easy to understand is the Chapter 3 Cover for Vol 1 but I will stick with the Vol covers.

    Vol 1 - To set the mood that these characters are powerful and feared, The bottom of the page has a battle going on while the top of the page has Ainz and Albedo seemingly not paying attention like it is beneath then (literally and in the scale of power)

    Vol 2 - the Graveyard scene (really easy one)

    Vol 3 - Ainz vs Shalltear scene (easy again)

    Vol 4 - Lizardmen vs Undead Army scene (again an easy one)

    Vol 5 - we get to see more the day-to-day life of normal ppl and Sebas is in the back buying the Scroll

    vol 6 - Jaldabaoth's army at the End of the book

    see I said you can make an argument for Vol 1 and that was the one I took the most time with, the others were so extremely easy to describe in a sentence or less.



  • I LOVE VOFAN ARTWORK.
    However, my favorite is yet to be translated, which is none but his masterpiece of cover, OWARIMONOGATARI VOL.1 (maybe, in 2019 since they are releasing Koimonogatari in Dec 2018)
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    It's my phone's home screen background.

    Sidu's Kagerou Daze volume 7
    Man, did she do great with this one~
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    Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
    Actually, Toi 8 artwork is great in general~
    Nihonkoku Shoukan
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    Mitara Ikiyoshi Series
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    Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
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    Loundraw is amazing artist too.
    A bit quieter compared to the rest names above but still amazing~
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    Eiri Shirai & Latest volume of Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
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  • @myskaros shh you didn’t see this. Wish I can send you a credit for that I’ll delete that post


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    @hyferzftw Interesting. I was just admiring the Owarimonogatari illustration and then ... interesting.



  • Honestly my bad should of put a spoiler alert on that spoiler...