(born July 28 1952) is a Japanese artist known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs, image illustrations and title logo designs for the Final Fantasy video game series developed by Square Enix (formerly Square)..
In the 1960s, Amano was exposed to Western art styles through comic books and their Japanese Western-influenced counter parts. Amano was also fascinated by the art styles of psychedelic art and pop art of the West, particularly the work of American Pop artist Peter Max. 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, as well as the ancient Japanese hand woodblock printing work of Ukiyo-e. While concentrating on illustration, he was still at Tatsunoko Productions until he left in 1982.
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. 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, however, 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.
In 1994, after Final Fantasy VI, he was no longer the main character, image and graphic designer of the series (he started to provide promotional and character artwork for the next games, as well as working on the title logo designs for most of the 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, which followed another exhibition in New York at the Angel Orensanz Foundation entitled "Hero. Amano also appeared in the 1998 movie New Rose Hotel which is loosely based on the William Gibson short story with the same name, in which he played the character Hiroshi.
Select Japanese editions of foreign works
|Game Name||First Released||System Name(s)||Amano's Role(s)|
|Final Fantasy I||1987||NES||Character Designer, Title Logo Designer & Graphic Designer|
|Final Fantasy II||1988||NES||Character Designer, Title Logo Designer & Graphic Designer|
|First Queen||1988||PC98 & X68000||Box cover artist|
|Duel||1989||PC88||Box cover artist|
|Duel98||1989||PC98||Box cover artist|
|Final Fantasy III||1990||NES||Character Designer & Title Logo Designer|
|First Queen 2||1990||PC98 & X68000||Box cover artist|
|Final Fantasy IV||1991||SNES||Character Designer, Image Designer & Title Logo Designer|
|Final Fantasy V||1992||SNES||Character Designer, Image Designer & Title Logo Designer|
|Kawanakajima Ibunroku||1992||PC98||Box cover artist|
|First Queen 3||1993||PC98||Box cover artist|
|Final Fantasy VI||1994||SNES||Character Designer, Image Designer & Title Logo 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, Image Illustrator, Title Logo Designer & Character Artwork|
|Kartia: World of Fate||1998||PlayStation||Art Designer|
|Final Fantasy VIII||1999||PlayStation||Promotional Artwork, Image Illustrator, Title Logo Designer & Character Artwork|
|Final Fantasy IX||2000||PlayStation||Character Illustrations & Original Character Designer|
|El Dorado Gate Vol. 1 to 7||2000-2001||Dreamcast||Creative Director & Additional Design|
|Final Fantasy X||2001||PlayStation 2||Promotional Artwork, Image Illustrations, Title Logo Designer & Character Artwork|
|Final Fantasy X-2||2001||PlayStation 2||Promotional Artwork, Title Logo Designer & Image Illustrator|
|Final Fantasy XI||2002|| MS Windows,|
PlayStation 2 & Xbox 360
|Promotional Artwork, Title Logo Designer & Image Illustrator|
|Final Fantasy XII||2006||PlayStation 2||Promotional Artwork, Title Logo Designer & Image Illustrator|
|Final Fantasy XIII||?||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Promotional Artwork, Title Logo Designer & Image Illustrator|
|Final Fantasy Agito XIII||?||PlayStation Portable||Promotional Artwork, Title Logo Designer & Image Illustrator|
|Final Fantasy Versus XIII||?||PlayStation 3||Promotional Artwork, Title Logo Designer & Image Illustrator|
|Dissidia: Final Fantasy||?||PlayStation Portable||Title Logo Designer|
|Lord of Vermilion||?||Arcade||Card Illustrator|
|Beyond Good & Evil 2||?||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360||Art Designer|
Note: Tetsuya Nomura was also character designer of minor characters in Final Fantasy VI , main character designer of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XIII, and Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Tetsuya Nomura and Nobuyoshi Mihara were the character designers of Final Fantasy XI. Toshiyuki Itahana was the character designer of Final Fantasy IX. Akihiko Yoshida was the character designer of Final Fantasy XII''. Yoshitaka Amano has stated that he is currently working on Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII but his role is unknown so far.. It is confirmed that he will be the Title logo designer and Image illustrator on Fabula Nova Crystallis.
Book Review: Visions of the Future, Nightmares of the Past ; Charles Shaar Murray Greets 2000AD with a Report from the Furthest Frontiers of Graphic Story-Telling and Science Fiction
Jan 15, 2000; Salvation by Garth Ennis Titan, pounds 12.99, 240pp The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano Titan, pounds 24.99,...