You need to see these incredible Japanese ‘Game of Thrones’ covers

These artists have given the world stunning manga-style illustrations of all our favorite characters.

 

Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published May 23, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 6:39 pm CDT

About a month ago, the Internet re-discovered the Japanese covers of A Song of Ice and Fire. The set splits each book in George R.R. Martin’s magnum opus into multiple parts, presumably to make them more portable and manga-like for bustling Japanese readers. The binding features stunning artwork of all of our favorite Game of Thrones characters.

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The Japanese cover designs feature work by various Japanese artists. As often happens when international artists become involved, not all of the attribution and sourcing has been fully accurate, so we’ve tried to round it all up and tell you who made what.

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On her website, artist Noriko Meguro has quietly featured full gallery portraits of a selection of her share of the Game of Thrones covers—and they are a sight to behold.

Jon Snow, cover portrait for A Game of Thrones, Part 1

Jon Snow, cover portrait for A Game of Thrones, Part 1

Noriko Meguro

Arya Stark, cover portrait from A Clash of Kings, Part 1

Arya Stark, cover portrait from A Clash of Kings, Part 1

Noriko Meguro

Sansa, cover portrait from A Clash of Kings, Part 2

Sansa, cover portrait from A Clash of Kings, Part 2

Noriko Meguro

Noriko Meguro

Here’s a look at these portraits in their cover forms:

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Meguro contributed one other gorgeous cover to the Japanese split versions of the series—Daenerys:

And here are the full front-to-back covers for each of them:

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Additionally, two other artists contributed artwork for the stunning series of Japanese covers, from publisher Hayakawa. Here is the series done by celebrated mangaka (manga artist) Yasushi Suzuki, beginning with A Storm of Swords:

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Margaery Tyrell, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 1

Margaery Tyrell, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 1

Yasushi Suzuki

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Margaery Tyrell, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 1

Margaery Tyrell, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 1

Yasushi Suzuki

Tyrion, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 2

Tyrion, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 2

Yasushi Suzuki

Samwell, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 3

Samwell, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords Part 3

Yasushi Suzuki

Jaime, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Feast for Crows Part 1

Jaime, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Feast for Crows Part 1

Yasushi Suzuki

Cersei, A Feast for Crows Part 2

Cersei, A Feast for Crows Part 2

Yasuhi Suzuki

Daenerys, A Dance With Dragons Part 1

Daenerys, A Dance With Dragons Part 1

Yasushi Suzuki

Bran, A Dance With Dragons Part 2

Bran, A Dance With Dragons Part 2

Yasushi Suzuki

Jon, A Dance With Dragons Part 3

Jon, A Dance With Dragons Part 3

Yasushi Suzuki

Finally, here are artist Ken Sugawara’s editions of the books:

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Jon Snow and Ghost, from A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 1

Jon Snow and Ghost, from A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 1

Ken Sugawara

Daenerys, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 2

Daenerys, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 2

Ken Sugiwara

Tyrion, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 3

Tyrion, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 3

Ken Sugiwara

Catelyn Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 4

Catelyn Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 4

Ken Sugiwara

Ned Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 5

Ned Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones Part 5

Ken Sugiwara

Arya, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 1

Arya, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 1

Ken Sugiwara

Theon, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 2

Theon, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 2

Ken Sugiwara

Sansa, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 3

Sansa, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 3

Ken Sugiwara

Davos, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 4

Davos, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 4

Ken Sugiwara

Bran Stark and Summer, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 5

Bran Stark and Summer, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Clash of Kings Part 5

Ken Sugiwara

Though these editions of the books are only available in Japanese, you can purchase them through any online retailer like YesAsia or Amazon Japan. Just don’t get your hopes up for the English versions—sadly, none of them are illustrated yet. 

However, the recent companion book, A World of Ice and Fire, is illustrated—it features artwork from a whopping 27 different illustrators.

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It’s not as good as a full, glorious manga edition of the series—but it will do. 

For now.

Illustration by Noriko Meguro

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*First Published: May 23, 2015, 12:00 pm CDT