The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Book 1

Dark Horse is pleased to offer the stunning visions of designer Yoshitaka Amano as individual volumes previously available only as a part of the now sold-out The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set or still-available The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition. The legend begins here with The Sky Book One, containing Amano’s sketches and paintings for the first three Final Fantasy games. Introduced are characters such as Princess Sarah, Firion, Cid, Maria, Sara Altney, Alus Restor, Ricard Highwind, and many others.

Having previously missed out on the original release,
getting a new opportunity to check out an art book for Final Fantasy is truly a
delight for me.  Being such a huge fan of
the series in general, I automatically jump at the chance to enjoy any bit of
content.  The re-release of all three books
for The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy is more than welcomed, especially with
this being my first time seeing them.  As
soon as I opened Book One, I finally got to see what I’ve been missing out on
this whole time.
This book is purely an art book, through and
through.  That is not at all a bad thing
for quite a few reasons.  As it is,
artwork that comes out of the Final Fantasy universe is always gorgeous.  It really just comes with the territory.  With that being said, having an entire book
filled with the illustrations of Yoshitaka Amano makes it all the more
spectacular.  Whether or not you already
know the name, once you finish with this book you’ll know why it’s a name to
remember.  On top of all that, sometimes
it’s just nice to sit down with a book of nothing but beautiful artwork on a
rainy day and this fits that bill.
A book like this is such a visual treat, regardless of
being a Final Fantasy fan or not.  Page
after page of what is virtually like seeing Amano’s sketchbooks is time absolutely
well spent.  Covering his contributions
to Final Fantasy I, II and III, art lovers and obviously fans will get to see
such a wonderful collection of his work here. 
I’ve always appreciated seeing the behind the scenes work from games and
movies, so being from Final Fantasy this was way up there for me.
Anyone that was lucky enough to get the long since sold
out box set, or even the slipcase
may not necessarily see the need to acquire this.  For anyone that has not been able to do so
before, this is an excellent time to grab them as the three books come out
individually.  I personally cannot wait
for the next two and would suggest everyone new to them should plan to pick
them up.

For more on The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy or other
Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse
The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Book One will be available 10/22

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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