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Hideo Minaba

An Art Director, character designer, artist and founder of Designation and (formerly) for Square and Square Enix

Hideo Minaba

Hideo Minaba is a videogame art director. He began work with Square in 1995 as a field graphics designer on the Super NES title Final Fantasy V. He went on to contribute art as an art director on Final Fantasy VI and graphics coordinator on Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Working for the first time with Yasumi Matsuno in 1997, Minaba was placed in charge of graphical supervision on Final Fantasy Tactics for the Sony Playstation. Minaba later served as art director on Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance before moving on to form Designation - a freelance art company. He subsequently was hired as the art director of Final Fantasy XII, concept artist for Lost Odyssey and character designer for ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat. In 2012 he reunited with Yasumi Matsuno and served as art designer for Crimson Shroud which was part of the compilation title Guild01.


Founded by Minaba, Designation takes outsourced work for character design, illustration and art design work.

November 11, 2004
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News & Blogs

Two Guild01 titles trademarked in the United States

Level-5 has filed trademarks for Yasumi Matsuno's Crimson Shroud and Goichi Suda's Liberation Maiden - both titles from their Nintendo 3DS compilation title Guild011. Crimson Shroud is Matsuno's first directed title since falling ill due to stress while helming Final Fantasy XII. Read on

  1. Look’s Like Level-5′s Guild 01 Is Heading Overseas - Siliconera

Final Fantasy XII concept, staff members revealed

Final Fantasy XII concept art
Staff dossier

Square revealed a teaser image and various Final Fantasy XII staff members in the form of an advertisement in the Japanese magazine Dorimaga. Jun Akiyama (FF VII) will be the production supervisor while Akihiko Yoshida (FF Tactics, Vagrant Story) has been chosen as character designer and Hideo Minaba (FF Tactics, FF IX) as art director.1

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