How to Draw Manga: Illustrating Battles
by Hikaru Hayashi
Pages: 120 (color)
Publisher: Graphic Sha (Aug 2000)
Chapter 1: Drawing Fighting Scenes Theory
Chapter 2: Drawing Blows: Punches, Kicks, and Slaps
Chapter 3: Drawing Throws, Grabs, and Grappling
Chapter 4: Learn from the Masters
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Book Review by Rio
The Good: A very good compilation that covers everything from major battles to the lesser slap scenes. Hayashi gives a lot of examples from different perspectives, angles, and methods of doing the same attack like punches, kicks, throws, and even dodging.
The Bad: The examples are practically all hand-to-hand combat. If you're into weapons, you could use the examples and substitute it for weapons but visually, you'll probably have a harder time putting it together.
Overall: I like how everything you can possibly need in a battle is covered in this book even bruises, rips, getting up, and crouches. There's even a special section on school girl cat fights and how their action affects their clothing.