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 >Catherine

Box art by Shigenori Soijima

Japanese artwork, first published by Atlus in 2011.

Designed for the worldwide market. PlayStation 3 version pictured.

Also available on: Xbox 360.


Brash and sexually charged, Catherine unapologetically stood out and created a media buzz with its brassy, titular characterisation.  


Box art would come in two flavours depending on the console and region, a modern trait usually withheld for limited edition releases, and would be drawn by the hand of master manga artist Shigenori Soejima.


Its risqué nature - although not unheard of in native Japan, the region having a history of explicit video games and box art going back to the mid 80’s known as Hentai or eroge - would surprisingly get a largely uncensored international release.  Certain parts of the States though would find both box arts too explicit and initial releases would be censored by some retailers.


The box art’s artistry would be classic Soejima with its wide-eyed and pointed chinned characters and distinctive shading to the face and hair, and would heavily reminisce his work on the Persona series.


All in all the subject’s tongue in cheek nature and its titillation was expounded in a way only Japan could get away with, but removing all that, we are still left with a strikingly excellent box art in an era where the kind of risk taken in Catherine can be an expensive mistake to make.



Other notable Shigenori Soijima box arts

2005

>Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity (EU/ NA, JP) PlayStation 2.

2006

>Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (worldwide) PlayStation 2.





2008

>Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (worldwide) PS2, PS3.






If you like Catherine you’ll love…

1988

>Lipstick Adventure (JP) Sharp X68000.



Sources and further reading:

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_(video_game)



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Posted - 16/4/14, by Adam Gidney

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