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Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝 Amano Yoshitaka, originally 天野 嘉孝 (pronounced the same), born July 28, 1952) is a Japanese artist, best known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs for the video game series Final Fantasy. July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Look up artist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Vampire Hunter D (吸血鬼ハンターD) is the title character of a series of novels by Japanese horror and pulp author Hideyuki Kikuchi. ... For the first installment in the series, see Final Fantasy (video game). ...

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Biography

Early Beginnings 1960s to 1970s

Amano was born in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan; as an adolescent, he was fascinated with drawing. In 1967, he began working for Tatsunoko Productions in the animation department were he was introduced to the early Japanese anime movement[1][2]. His first paid project was for the Speed Racer anime franchise. He worked in character design for anime shows such as The Time Boken series, Gatchaman and the Honey Bee[3]. Shizuoka (静岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県; Shizuoka-ken) is located in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Drawing is the act of defining (or delineating) the outlines of a figure against a background, using any of a wide variety of tools and techniques. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Tatsunoko Production Co. ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of drawings or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the word animation. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation originating in Japan. ... Speed Racer is the title of an English adaptation of the Japanese cartoon Mach Go Go Go which centered around automobile racing. ... Characterization is the process of creating characters in fiction, often those who are different from and have different beliefs than the author. ... Categories: Stub ...


In the 1960s, Amano was exposed to American and other Western art styles through comic books and their Japanese Western-influenced counter parts. Amano also was fascinated by the art styles of Psychedelic and Pop Art of the West most particularly the work of American Pop artist Peter Max[4]. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Santanas Abraxas (album) cover by Mati Klarwein Psychedelic art refers to art that is inspired by the psychedelic experience induced by drugs such as LSD, Mescaline, and Psilocybin. ... House I, created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1996, is designed to be an optical illusion. ... Peter Max (born October 19, 1937 as Peter Finkelstein) is an American Pop artist. ...


In the 1970s, Amano's intrigue led him to the study of the artworks of the late 19th century and early 20th century European movement of Art Nouveau and the ancient Japanese hand woodblock printing work of Ukiyo-e. While now doing illustration as well, he was still at Tatsunoko Productions until he left in 1982[4]. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Poster by Alfons Mucha Art Nouveau (IPA: , anglicised ) (French for new art) is an international style of art, architecture and design that peaked in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century. ... View of Mount Fuji from Satta Point in the Suruga Bay, ukiyo-e by Hiroshige, published 1859 Ukiyo-e ), pictures of the floating world, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th century, featuring motifs of landscapes, the theater and pleasure quarters. ... Illustration by Jesse Wilcox Smith. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1980s to present

In the early 1980s, he then concentrated on primarily illustrations for Science Fiction and Fantasy, while still keeping the influence of his animation and other illustration works from the 1960s and 1970s[3]. This in turn created a unique personal style, a style taking from both modern surrealism as well and realism fluent in many classic and modern techniques. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ...


In 1983, he was behind the illustrations for the novel Demon City Shinjuku and the first of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novel series Vampire Hunter D[3]. This was adapted to a movie in 1985 for which Amano worked as character designer. The film was one of the first anime movies to be released outside of Japan. In interviews, though, Amano has stated that he was not pleased with the final product of the movie. More involvement in illustration had led to the creation of collections of his artwork being published, such as "Maten" in 1984[5]. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Demon City Shinjuku (魔界都市<新宿> Makai Toshi: Shinjuku) is a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi that was adapted into an anime movie in 1988, directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. ... A Japanese author famous for his horror novels. ... Vampire Hunter D (吸血鬼ハンターD) is the title character of a series of novels by Japanese horror and pulp author Hideyuki Kikuchi. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1984. ...


In 1987 he was introduced to a newly developed art department with a promising future for conceptual design for video games. He joined Square Co., Ltd. (Now known as Square Enix Co., Ltd) to work on what was expected to be their last video game for the Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System) Final Fantasy (released on December 18, 1987 in Japan). This task opened a new realm for Amano to work in. Even though at the time video game technology was very young, Amano produced striking pieces of conceptual design for the games in both traditional and computer designed artwork[6]. Final Fantasy (the first in a still running series) was a success and brought Square popularity in the RPG genre in Japan, as well as modest international fame. But the series would ignite extreme international fame as the series continued. At this time, he also worked for another video game company called Kure Software Koubou in which he did box cover illustrations as well as some character designs. This included work on Kure's First Queen series, which despite being fairly unknown overseas is regarded a classic in Japan. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Square Co. ... Square Enix ) TYO: 9684 is a video game company best known for its console role-playing game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy series, the Kingdom Hearts series, and the Dragon Quest series (known for many years as Dragon Warrior in North America). ... The Nintendo Entertainment System (U.S., Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ... NES redirects here. ... For the first installment in the series, see Final Fantasy (video game). ... In the Gregorian Calendar, December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years), at which point there will be 13 days remaining to the end of the year. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kure Software Koubou (呉ソフトウェア工房), or KSK, is a Japanese game development company founded in 1985 that creates games for many platforms, but focusing mostly on home computers. ...


In 1989, he had his first exhibition called "Hiten" at Yurakucho Mullion in Tokyo, Japan[7]. He continued to work with Square and their Final Fantasy series, and in 1990 he started to work as an artist for stage theater. His first work for theater was Tamasaburo Bando's Nayotake which was in the same year[4]. During this time while working as illustrator, character designer and set designer he had exhibitions of his becoming well known for his printing works. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Art exhibitions are traditionally the space in which art objects (in the most general sense) meet an audience, a temporary presentation of art. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year. ...


In 1994, after Final Fantasy VI, he was no longer the main character and graphic designer of the series (he started to provide promotional and character artwork for the next games), but in 1995 he started to become better known world wide with his work at the Biennale d'Orléans in France, and then in his newly established workshop and exhibition "Think Like Amano" in New York in 1997[8]. Which followed another exhibition in New York at the Angel Orensanz Foundation entitled "Hero"[9]. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Final Fantasy VI ) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Co. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Amano also appeared in the 1998 movie New Rose Hotel which is loosely based off the William Gibson short story with the same name, in which he played the character Hiroshi[10]. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... New Rose Hotel is a 1998 film by director Abel Ferrara, based on a William Gibson story of the same name, starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento (Darios daughter). ... There are a number of people who have been (or are) named William Gibson. ...


In 2000, Amano did the illustrations for comic writer and novelist Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters[11] which won several awards and was nominated for a Hugo Award[12], as well as having his character designs used again in another Vampire Hunter D movie entitled Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. In 2001, Greg Rucka and Amano collaborated with another comic book tale, this time for Marvel Comics, Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer[13]. This article is about the year 2000. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... Sandman: The Dream Hunters is a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust movie poster Vampire Hunter D (吸血鬼ハンターD) is a character developed in 1983 by Japanese author Hideyuki Kikuchi (菊地 秀行), who eventually wrote 12 novels based on him, illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... Greg Rucka is an American writer of novels and comic books. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ...


In 2006, he was selected with Final Fantasy video game composer Nobuo Uematsu, by former designer and creator of Square-Enix's Final Fantasy series, Hironobu Sakaguchi to work on video games at his company Mistwalker[14]. He also stated in an interview in the french magazine "Japan Vibes" that he is working on artwork for Final Fantasy XIII [15]. Finally, his series, Hero, will debut to American audiences by Boom Studios. He has also illustrated three album covers for the Japanese power metal band Galneryus, 2003 - The Flag of Punishment, 2005 - Advance to the Fall, 2006 - Beyond the End to Despair[16]. 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nobuo Uematsu , born March 21, 1959) is a Japanese composer of video game music, and one of the most well-known, prolific, and versatile in the field. ... Square Enix ) TYO: 9684 is a video game company best known for its console role-playing game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy series and the Dragon Quest series (known for many years as Dragon Warrior in North America). ... Final Fantasy (Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー Fainaru Fantajii) is a popular series of role playing games produced by Square Enix (originally Square Co. ... Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy series Hironobu Sakaguchi (坂口 博信, born 1962) was the Director of Planning and Development for Square Co. ... Mistwalker logo Mistwalker (Japanese: ミストウォーカー) is a Japanese video game development studio started by Hironobu Sakaguchi (the creator of the popular Final Fantasy series) in 2004. ... Final Fantasy XIII ) is an upcoming role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. ... Galneryus was formed in early 2001 by guitar virtuoso Syu of Valkyr, Animetal, Aushvitz, and Masaki Project fame along with vocalist Yama-B, frontman of AxBites, Rekion, River End and solo artist of Gunbridge. ...

Criticism

Amano is often criticized, especially in reference to his artwork for the Final Fantasy series, for making the characters appear overly feminine, regardless of their presentation otherwise.


List of works

Illustration

This article is about the Japanese era named Genji. ... Rampó was the count of Barcelona from 820 until 825. ... Vampire Hunter D (吸血鬼ハンターD) is the title character of a series of novels by Japanese horror and pulp author Hideyuki Kikuchi. ... Cover to Vol. ... Sandman: The Dream Hunters is a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano. ... The Heroic Legend of Arslan is the title of a Japanese fantasy novel, which is known in Japan as Arslan Senki (アルスラーン戦記). In the 1800s, Naqib ul-Mamālik (نقیب الممالک), royal story teller of Nasereddin Shahs court, became popular for creating the tale Amir Arsalān-i Nāmdār. In... Galneryus was formed in early 2001 by guitar virtuoso Syu of Valkyr, Animetal, Aushvitz, and Masaki Project fame along with vocalist Yama-B, frontman of AxBites, Rekion, River End and solo artist of Gunbridge. ...

Video Games

Game Name First Released System Name(s) Amano's Role(s)
Final Fantasy I 1987 NES Character Designer & Graphic Designer
Final Fantasy II 1988 NES Character Designer & Graphic Designer
First Queen 1988 PC98 & X68000s Box cover artist
Duel 1989 PC88 Box cover artist
Duel98 1989 PC98 Box cover artist
Final Fantasy III 1990 NES Character Designer & Graphic Designer
First Queen 2 1990 PC98 Box cover artist
Final Fantasy IV 1991 SNES Character Designer & Graphic Designer
Final Fantasy V 1992 SNES Character Designer & Graphic Designer
Kawanakajima Izuroku 1992 PC98 Box cover artist
First Queen 3 1993 PC98 Box cover artist
Final Fantasy VI 1994 SNES Character Designer & Graphic Designer
Front Mission 1995 SNES Character Designer
Maten Densetsu 1995 SNES Character Designer
Front Mission: Gun Hazard 1996 SNES Character Designer
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Playstation Promotional Artwork & Character Artwork
Kartia: World of Fate 1998 Playstation Art Designer
Final Fantasy VIII 1999 Playstation Promotional Artwork & Character Artwork
Final Fantasy IX 2000 Playstation Character Illustration
l Dorado Gate Vol. 1 to 7 2000-2001 Sega Dreamcast Creative Director & Additional Design
Final Fantasy X 2001 PlayStation 2 Promotional Artwork & Character Artwork
Final Fantasy XI 2002 PC, PlayStation 2 & X-box 360 Promotional Artwork
Final Fantasy XII 2006 PlayStation 2 Promotional Artwork
Final Fantasy XIII  ? PlayStation 3 ?

Note:Tetsuya Nomura was the character designer of Final Fantasy VII, VIII, X and X-2. Akihiko Yoshida was the character designer of Final Fantasy XII. Yoshitaka Amano has stated that he his currently working on Final Fantasy XIII but his role is unknown so far. [17] Final Fantasy ) is a computer role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ... For information regarding the game originally released in America as Final Fantasy II on the SNES, see Final Fantasy IV Final Fantasy II ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ... This article is about the Famicom game, Final Fantasy III. For the Nintendo DS remake, see Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS). ... Final Fantasy IV ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ... Final Fantasy V ) is a console role-playing game (RPG) developed and published by Square Co. ... Final Fantasy VI ) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Co. ... Front Mission (Japanese: フロントミッション) is a series of turn-based tactical strategy video games produced by Squaresoft, now Square Enix. ... Final Fantasy VII ) is a console role-playing game (RPG) developed and published by Square Co. ... Final Fantasy VIII ) is a console and computer role-playing game created by Square Co. ... Final Fantasy IX ) is a console role-playing game developed by Square Co. ... Final Fantasy X ) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. ... Final Fantasy XI ), also known as Final Fantasy XI: Online or simply Final Fantasy Online, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in Square Enixs Final Fantasy series. ... Final Fantasy XII ) is a console role-playing game produced by Square Enix for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ... Final Fantasy XIII ) is an upcoming role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. ... Tetsuya Nomura (野村哲也; Nomura Tetsuya, born October 8, 1970), is a game and character designer at Square Enix. ... Promotional drawing for Vagrant Story showing Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose Akihiko Yoshida (吉田明彦) is a video game character designer, that is, he does the drawings that the 3D models or 2D sprites will be based upon. ... Final Fantasy XIII ) is an upcoming role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. ...


Animation

Categories: Stub ... Genesis Climber Mospeada ) is an anime science fiction series. ... Sei JÅ«shi Bismarck (Star Musketeer Bismarck) ) was a 1984 anime series created by Studio Pierrot. ... DVD cover of, Tekkaman The Space Knight. ... Angels Egg ) is a Japanese anime feature film produced by Tokuma Shoten in 1985. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ...

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Yoshitaka Amano at AllExperts (1077 words)
Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝 Amano Yoshitaka, born July 28, 1952) is a Japanese artist, best known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs for the video game series Final Fantasy.
Amano was born in Shizuoka City, Japan; as an adolescent, he was fascinated with drawing.
In 2000 Amano illustrated for comic writer and novelist Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters which won several awards and was nominated for a Hugo Award, as well as having his character designs used again in another Vampire Hunter D movie entitled Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.
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