Review by Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood
No video game series is so highly regarded as is the Final Fantasy series. Which on its own right has spawned comics,cartoons,toy lines and films. No artist is so well-respected and loved internationally as Yoshitaka Amano. From his critically acclaimed hit Vampire Hunter D to his work with Neil Gaiman on the super popular DC Vertigo series Sandman. Amano is in a class all his own.
This fantastic collection of Amano’s art from 1987-2001 of the various Final Fantasy series is painstakingly collected in his high-end three-book hardcover set.
But before i can talk about the work I feel compelled to explain a brief history on the final fantasy series.
Square Enix was a fledgling video game company on the way out but before they closed up shop they worked on one last game, Final Fantasy, they were certain it
would be their last game.
But to their (and everyone else’s) surprise the game was a huge success. From then on they would continue to dominate the RPG market with hits like Final Fantasy 7 which spawned a fantastic 3d animated film dubbed Final Fantasy Advent Children. Square Enix has solidified that they will be here for years to come.
The success of Final Fantasy in no short terms due to the amazing work done by Yoshitaka Amano each volume takes you through the years and evolution of not just the franchise but his art.
Not owning this book set is a crime against art and is a must own and a 5 out of 5. Dark Horse lovingly created a master piece with this collection.
THE SKY: THE ART OF FINAL FANTASY (SLIPCASED EDITION)
Writer: Yoshitaka Amano
Artist: Yoshitaka Amano
Genre: Art Book
Publication Date: July 24, 2013
Format: FC, 640 Pages; HC, 11″ x 12
Age range: 18