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Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations (a J!-ENT Book Review)

September 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations” is an insightful and enjoyable book that gives you a taste of Amano’s art through popular series such as “Final Fantasy”, “Vampire Hunter D”, “Gatchman” and more! “Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations” is recommended!


TITLE: Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations

PUBLISHER: Viz Media

PAGES: 128 Pages

RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2016


Since beginning his career at age fifteen with the legendary animation studio Tatsunoko Production, Yoshitaka Amano has become one of the most acclaimed artists and illustrators at work today. Displaying a rare range, his oeuvre encompasses everything from minutely observed still-life sketches to full-color paintings on an epic scale, from children’s storybooks to dark adult fantasy, from theatrical productions to video games to sculpture to commercial design.

Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations offers a concise survey of this remarkable artist’s career to date. It includes selected full-color pieces for series such as Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets), as well as for Amano’s own creations like Hero and N.Y. Salad. Packed with sketches, commentary, and interviews, this beautiful volume opens a window into the world of Amano.


I have always been passionate about the artwork of Yoshitaka Amano.  My first time seeing his artwork was from the “Final Fantasy” video games and  “Vampire Hunter D” anime.

Amano began his career working on fan-favorite anime such as “Gatchaman” (G-Force) and popular graphic novels such as “The Sandman: The Dreamhunters”.  But his artistic genius really beagn to flower when he turned his attention ot the medium of printmaking.  Drawing from influences as diverse as Art Nouveau and Art Deco, American comics, Japanese ukiyo-e and traditional fantasy illustration, Amano’s prints capture a breathtaking world.

With quite of number of books published (some which I have reviewed on J!-ENT such as this and another), the latest Yoshitaka Amano book to be released is from Viz Media titled “Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations”.

With “Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations”, this book follows the popular works of Amano, as opposed to his book “Amano: The Complete Prints” which focuses on hundreds of prints of work that many people are not familiar with.

With “Yoshitaka Amano”, we get to see artwork from popular works featured from the “The Final Fantasy” series, “Vampire Hunter D”, conversations between Amano and another well-known artist, Aquirax Uno.

Also, the book features Amano’s sketches of women, character designs and Amano’s work on “Gatchaman” and “N.Y. Salad”, Amano’s fine art, his unpublished series “Hero”, Amano’s studio, an interview that was from “Interview” magazine issue #195, Amano’s sketches of flowers and photos showing Amano’s “How to Draw” characters, to vegetable fairies, the dragon known as Bahamut and other sketches.

While previous Yoshitaka Amano books have featured more pages and are usually a little thicker, if anything, “Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations” is a fascinating book because it features a good balance of his artwork with interviews and conversations but also showcasing images of how he creates his artwork.

For “Final Fantasy” fans, the book offers a small sample of his artwork but if you want to fully enjoy his “Final Fantasy” artwork, purchasing the three volumes of “The Sky: the Art of Final Fantasy” is the way to go.  And also, the more affordable, “Dawn: The Worlds of Final Fantasy”.

For “Vampire Hunter D” fans of Amano’s art, then definitely check out his book “Coffin: The Art of Vampire Hunter D” and “Amano: The Collected Art of Vampire Hunter D”.

Wanting more of his art in general, then the book “Amano: The Complete Prints” is definitely a book I recommend.

Overall, “Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations” is an insightful and enjoyable book that gives you a taste of Amano’s art through popular series such as “Final Fantasy”, “Vampire Hunter D”, “Gatchman” and more!

“Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations” is recommended!

VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES THE REMARKABLE CAREER OF FAMED ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST YOSHITAKA AMANO IN NEW ART BOOK

August 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS Features Works From Legendary Properties Including Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets), Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D And More

Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations © 2016 Yoshitaka Amano © 2016 Genkosha Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

Yoshitaka Amano Illustrations © 2016 Yoshitaka Amano © 2016 Genkosha Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

San Francisco, CA, August 8, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, celebrates the work of one of anime and pop art’s most renowned artists and character designers as it announces the release of YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS on August 19th.

Packed with sketches, commentary, and interviews, this beautiful volume offers a concise survey of Amano’s remarkable career to date, featuring selected full-color pieces for series such as Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets), as well as for his own creations like Hero and N.Y. Salad. YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS carries an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Since launching his career at the age of 15 with the legendary animation studio Tatsunoko Productions, Yoshitaka Amano has become one of the most acclaimed artists and illustrators at work today. Displaying a rare range, his oeuvre encompasses everything from minutely observed still-life sketches to full-color paintings on an epic scale, from children’s storybooks to dark adult fantasy, from theatrical productions to video games to sculpture to commercial design.

“YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS is a vivid introduction to the artist’s incredible career and will delight new fans as well as those already familiar with his work,” says Leyla Aker, VIZ Media Senior Vice President of Publishing. “This edition can complement any existing library of Amano’s work, and is also an attractive alternative to monographs that are usually available only on an import or special order basis.”

Yoshitaka Amano began working at Tatsunoko Productions creating the character designs for such classic properties as Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) and Time Bokan. He later became a freelance artist notably doing illustrations and conceptual design work for the Final Fantasy video game series, and the Elric Saga, Heroic Legend of Arslan, and Vampire Hunter D novel series, among many others. He has also released over a dozen art books, collaborated on theatrical and opera productions, produced lithographs in Paris and New York, and has held solo exhibitions all over the world. In 1999 he published The Sandman: The Dream Hunters with writer Neil Gaiman, which received a Bram Stoker Award. Yoshitaka Amano is also the recipient of Seiun, Eisner, Dragon Con, and Julie Awards.

For additional information on YOSHITAKA AMANO: ILLUSTRATIONS and other art book titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.

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