Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy By Yoshitaka Amano Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Yoshitaka Amano

Published By Dark Horse

Genre
Art, Computer Game Tie-In

Synopsis

Previously available only as a part of the now sold-out 'The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy' boxed set, Dark Horse is pleased to offer fans another chance to own the three-book hardcover set 'The Sky 1, 2, 3', included in the new 'The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy' slip cased edition!

Review

After reading a hell of a lot of art books that have been released recently as tie-in's for movies, computer games and many other types of media releases.

Some of them have been absolutely brilliant and others have been a bit hit and miss.

This one is a book of pictures pure and simple.  Yet there is something about these pictures that just absolutely draws your eyes to them and allow you as a reader and as a fan to just sit back and enjoy some of the most beautiful drawings I've ever seen in one of these books.

The art by Amano is shockingly beautiful and a perfect companion to the games themselves.  It's a great set of pictures for each 'Final Fantasy' game and it was a joy to see the pictures themselves develop as each section goes on.

Talking of sections, this book is set in to little sections of each game that Amano worked on and as a fan, it was fantastic to the drawings for each of these, especially 'Final Fantasy 7'.  My personal favourite of the series.

The only downside of this set is the lack of behind the scenes information.  While the pictures themselves are positively stunning, it would have been nice to have read the stories behind his art work.  That's a minor complaint however when the artwork in this set is this gorgeous.

This is most definitely an essential set for all fans of the 'Final Fantasy' series of games or fans of art that will make you smile at the sheer beauty of it all.

Presentation 5/5
Informative 2/5
Recommended 5/5
Overall 12/15

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