Interview with Yoshitaka Amano, Final Fantasy concept designer


A very insightful, truly amazing, in-depth video interview!

A Day In The Life Of Yoshitaka Amano

“When you think of the most influential and significant creators in the video game industry, few can be spoken of in the same breath as the legendary Yoshitaka Amano. Before putting his fingerprints on the role-playing genre, as one of the original creators of the Final Fantasy series, Amano spent 15 years at renowned animation studio, Tatsunoko Productions, best known for Speed Racer, Gatchaman, various Macross titles, and later, the production of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Amano-san himself created the characters for animated shows like Time Bokan, Tekkaman, Kashaan, Hutch the Honey Bee, and most-famously, Gatchaman, which became famous in the United States as Battle of the Planets (a.k.a. G-Force). Since leaving Tatsunoko, he has become a force to be reckoned with in the art world, with exhibits appearing in galleries all over the world, from New York City, to Los Angeles, to Germany, Switzerland and beyond. His unique, delicate style, and ethereal character designs are instantly spotted a mile away, gracing franchises like Final Fantasy and Front Mission for Squaresoft, Rebus (known as Kartia in North America) for Atlus, and El Dorado’s Gate for Capcom.”


This is awesome. Thanks for the heads up! :slight_smile:


One of my favorite artists. :slight_smile:


Love his work, especially how he purposely avoids obvious cultural iconography.


a long read, but well worth it. his children’s book illustrations look very childish, but with an amano twist – very cool.

now if only he would show up to a comic-con eventually.


Amano love! :love: I went to his exhibition in Tokyo. Holy DAMN his work is impressive up close.


You are SUCH A GOOFBALL!!! hahaha… :stuck_out_tongue: referring to your thread at :wink:


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