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Yoshitaka Amano

An Artist, Character Designer, and Conceptual Designer for Square, Square Enix, and Kure Software Koubou

Yoshitaka Amano

In his youth, Yoshitaka Amano was fascinated with drawing and art. His first professional project was acting as character designer for the anime Speed Racer, which led to positions on other shows. Throughout the 70s, Amano studied European art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock printing); both would influence his later style.

In 1987, he began work at Square with Final Fantasy. In addition to acting as character designer for the of the early Final Fantasy titles, he also designed extensively for the Front Mission series.

By the late 1990s, Amano's role shifted to promotional and character artwork, though he regained his role as main character designer for the development of Final Fantasy IX. Though he has lately been replaced by younger designers (most notably Tetsuya Nomura), Amano's unique style and signature androgynous characters were responsible for giving Final Fantasy a distinctive flavor.

Amano has also worked as a comic illustrator in the West, collaborating with Neil Gaiman on Sandman, and even acted in the 1998 movie New Rose Hotel.

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1987
Final Fantasy
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
1988
Final Fantasy II
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
1990
Final Fantasy III
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
1991
Final Fantasy IV
Super NES
Square
1992
Final Fantasy V
Super NES
Square
1994
Final Fantasy VI
Super NES
Square
1995
Front Mission
Super NES
Square
1996
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Super NES
Square
1997
Final Fantasy VII
PlayStation
Square
1999
Final Fantasy VIII
PlayStation
Square
2000
Final Fantasy IX
PlayStation
Square
2001
Final Fantasy X
PlayStation 2
Square
2003
Final Fantasy X-2
PlayStation 2
Square
2006
Final Fantasy XII
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
Final Fantasy III (DS)
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2007
Final Fantasy IV (DS)
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2008
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Wii
Square Enix
2009
Final Fantasy XIII
PlayStation 3
Square Enix
2011
Play For Japan: The Album
PFG
Sumthing Else Music Works
Final Fantasy Type-0​
PlayStation Portable
Square Enix
Final Fantasy Type-0​
PlayStation Portable
Square Enix
2013
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
PlayStation 3
Square Enix

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Yoshitaka Amano Does New York

Sandman artwork
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Yoshitaka Amano, fantasy artist extraordinaire and Final Fantasy veteran, held a special show last night at his three and a half week long show in New York city where he was joined by Final Fantasy Producer, Hironobu Sakaguchi. The show mostly highlights his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novel, however there were some Final Fantasy showcases of his previous works. Video game fans got a special treat last night, as Sakaguchi and Amano pleased the crowd with an unseen trailer from the upcoming Final Fantasy movie.

Check out PSX IGN for more details on the show.

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