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Katamari Damacy artwork shows dozens of Easter eggs

[Ed. note: For the second issue of high-end independent game magazine A Profound Waste of Time, illustrator Doug John Miller, editor Caspian Whistler, and game designer Keita Takahashi put together a fold-out cover packed with references to Takahashi’s career, featuring games like Katamari Damacy, Noby Noby Boy, and Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure.

We loved the art, so we asked Whistler to provide the full image and dig through it to point out some of the best Easter eggs, which you can find below. A Profound Waste of Time is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund reprints of its first two issues.]

Characters from Katamari Damacy, Noby Noby Boy, and Wattam walk around San Francisco

Keita Takahashi’s profession flows by way of this fold-out art work from the second situation of A Profound Waste of Time.
Illustration: Doug John Miller for A Profound Waste of Time | Katamari and Noby Noby Boy characters: Bandai Namco

The duvet of APWOT’s second situation was the results of many months of labor and preparation, and required an enormous quantity of backwards and forwards to get proper. It’s stuffed to the brim with references to the work and worlds of Keita Takahashi, however slightly than spell out each single one (I’ll allow you to uncover all of them for your self), I’d prefer to allow you to look backstage on a couple of key areas that we gave specific consideration to.

The prince from Katamari stands on a giant hand

The prince from katamari rolls up some buildings

The Prince – The Pea-sized Princeling

Are you able to see him? We play with scale lots on this picture, nevertheless it was essential to everybody concerned that the Prince remained small, particularly relative to different characters. It’s really fairly straightforward to overlook him completely now. Having him be tiny not solely felt true to the supply materials, however meant we may have extra space for surroundings and different characters on the principle face of the quilt. There’s lots happening already within the picture, so it was actually helpful to have the ability to combine him on this unobstructive manner.

When it comes to finalizing the scale, we simply wished to guarantee that he was proportionally appropriate subsequent to the King of All Cosmos. He wanted to be sufficiently small to have the ability to stand comfortably on his father’s palm, as he does within the authentic Katamari Damacy when a stage is accomplished. The Prince has such an iconic design it was virtually a disgrace to make him so exhausting to see, however we made certain to get his cute face shut up on the illustrations contained in the journal.

Noby Noby Boy moves around San Francisco

Noby Noby Boy eats Keita’s interview

Noby Noby Boy – The Longest Boy

We actually wished to guarantee that the ‘large three’ video games that Keita is understood for — Katamari, Wattam, and Noby Noby Boy — all had illustration indirectly on the principle ‘face’ of the picture (what journal readers would see earlier than opening the difficulty). When it got here to Boy, from the great 2009 PlayStation 3 sport Noby Noby Boy, it felt like a very good probability to do one thing inventive.

With the quilt having gatefolds and panoramic artwork, it meant that we actually wished to do one thing fascinating with these parts. Boy really stretches the entire width of the quilt from one gatefold to a different, together with his head being a whopping 600 mm away from his decrease half. It’s very satisfying to comply with his physique all all through the picture, and I’m glad we had sufficient canvas area to point out him off correctly! With this strategy he’s technically on the entrance of the publication, however solely part of him. Hopefully when individuals see his rainbow physique stretching throughout, they’re inspired to truly unfold the journal and reveal him in full.

He’s a incredible character to work with that we have been in a position to have loads of enjoyable wrapping him round corners and textual content within the inside pages. We have been even in a position to have him eat a number of the interview textual content with Keita, as he may work together with letters in an identical manner within the authentic launch.

If you happen to comply with Boy’s physique on the quilt alongside to the very finish, you possibly can in fact additionally discover the Boy Home subsequent to his decrease half, one other reference to the unique sport. A lot of the buildings within the picture are very reasonable relative to the characters, so it was good to have just a little contact of surreal, playful structure in there as properly.

A silly building blows bubbles

An early mockup shows how the magazine cover image came together

Structure – structure from throughout

Talking of structure, it’s an enormous theme of this cowl. Doug John Miller, the artist accountable for this behemoth, teaches at UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of Structure. His apply signifies that he’s adept in 3D modeling, and actually rendered the entire cowl in 3D software program historically used within the occupation (Rhino 3D) earlier than drawing his line artwork by hand on prime of it. Right here you possibly can see an early model of the quilt picture again after we have been nonetheless figuring issues out in August 2019. If you happen to look intently, you possibly can see the King of All Cosmos was initially going to be a lot larger than he’s now.

We have been eager about a world the place Keita was in cost, and what a metropolis designed by him may seem like. We have been additionally brainstorming alongside the theme of utopias and solarpunk visions for the longer term. Because of this we determined that the cityscape shouldn’t solely be optimistic and plush, but additionally be a mashup of structure and visible influences of Keita’s residence of Japan and the place he at the moment resides in San Francisco. Wattam is a sport very a lot about bringing the world collectively, so it felt becoming to mirror Keita’s outlook on this manner.

Keita himself was adamant that there wanted to be a number of vegetation within the metropolis. One of many first bits of suggestions he wrote early on with these renders was merely:Oh seems to be cool. A Keita metropolis wants extra timber although haha.”

A present sticks out from behind a building

Royal presents – cosmic presents

Having so many densely positioned buildings meant that it was straightforward to cover a number of enjoyable little touches amongst them. All through the quilt there are 4 hidden royal presents, in reference to how you’d unlock varied cosmetics within the authentic Katamari. It may be surprisingly difficult to search out all of them.

Different pals!

In fact, it’s not simply presents which are hidden on this artwork, as there are additionally references to Keita’s work past Katamari, Noby Noby Boy, and the over 50 Wattam characters dotted round!

Crankin is a personality from a sport that hasn’t fairly been launched but (for the upcoming Playdate console), Crankin’s Time Journey Journey. We thought it will be enjoyable to emulate Playdate’s display by having him be decrease constancy indirectly. Doug determined to render him completely on a 2D airplane, which got here out actually properly.

If you happen to look intently, you may also discover just a little dice with a face. This character is a reference to Woorld, an AR sport Keita made with Funomena for tango expertise. You’ll really scan your surrounding setting to show it into an interactive AR playground utilizing this pleasant dice character.

I do know I stated we’d be trying past the ‘foremost’ console video games, however I do additionally wish to give a particular shout out to the household from the unique Katamari Damacy, who scaled this huge skyscraper to benefit from the view solely to get blinded.


I’ve solely actually scratched the floor right here when it comes to the work completed for this cowl. I may go on for ages however I feel there’s been greater than sufficient waffling from me for one article.

This was a ginormous endeavor, so I wish to take this chance to say thanks once more to Bandai Namco, Keita Takahashi, Funomena, Doug John Miller, and everybody else who made it attainable. I don’t know if we’ll ever get to work on one thing as bold and filled with element as this picture once more, however I’m very pleased with the ultimate end result and grateful for the chance.

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