Regular readers will no doubt know that we at RocketNews24 love video games. And as anyone with a pair of eyes in their head can tell from a quick glance at our site, we live and breathe Japan and Asia as a whole. So when we stumbled upon these works of art, which combine traditional Japanese woodblock printing and one of our favourite games ever, Katamari Damacy, we simply had to share them with you.

One of the weirder and more successful video games of Japanese origin to make a splash in the West, Katamari Damacy‘s premise is simple: as the son of The King of All Cosmos, it is your job to roll a constantly growing adhesive lump of objects around, collecting everything from traffic cones to trees to entire buildings if you’re skilled enough, to use as replacements for the stars that the king wiped out during a heavy drinking session. (Hey, we said the premise was simple; we didn’t say it was sane.) Coupled with its quirky yet catchy soundtrack, the games are tremendous fun, not to mention strangely addictive.

The series has won legions of fans over the years, but few perhaps adore it as much as illustrator and hardcore gamer Jed Henry, who decided to combine his two passions to great a very different Katamari Damacy. And quite the job of it he did, too! If you ever wondered what Katamari Damacy would look like set in another era, Jed has the answer!

▼ Here’s the (very Japanese) King of All Cosmos looking down on his son

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▼ The Prince has rolled himself a fine katamari here


But these aren’t just pretty pictures to be pored over online, oh no; these are actual pieces of artwork that you can order and hang on your wall at home. The prints measure 12×17 inches and come on genuine hand-made washi or Japanese paper. If you’re in the market for something that’s a little bit nerdy but 100 percent awesome, head over to the artist’s site now and learn more.

Source: Ukiyo-e Heroes via Game Informer