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Kamikokuryou Auctions Off Lightning Artwork

February 17th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

Final Fantasy XIII trilogy art director Isamu Kamikokuryou was married this week, with some of his colleagues at Square Enix there to celebrate the occasion. His recent oil painting of Lightning and the Luxerion cityscape was seen during the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, but Kamikokuryou drew a new portrait (the third image below) of the Final Fantasy heroine to auction off at his wedding (which went for 15000 yen). Lightning was originally designed by Final Fantasy series character designer Tetsuya Nomura.

Kamikokuryou is best known in the Final Fantasy-verse for some of the sweeping artworks from Final Fantasy XII and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. For Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, each of the four continents that comprise Nova Chrysalia (formerly Novus Partus) vary wildly from ecclectic Parisian architecture to vast middle-Eastern-themed wastes — for which Kamikokuryou is responsible for creating and overseeing their artistic interpretations into a video game.

In the video accompanying this post from the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, Kamikokuryou paints a picture of what players will expect when they set foot into Nova Chrysalia. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release this Fall for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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  • Tony Garsow

    Congratulations to Kamikokuryou-san!

  • AnimaMagna

    The same here. Many blessings to Kamikokuryou-san. That first artwork of Lightning looks strange, doesn’t it? Not much like the finished product.

  • TheBadass

    @AnimeMagna
    I’m pretty sure that first artwork was done well after Nomura had drawn Lightning. Kamikokuryo rarely imitates another artist when drawing their characters, he more often draws them in his own unique way.

  • TheBadass

    Is that Yasumi Matsuno in that photo? The one standing behind Akitoshi Kawazu and next to Yusuke Naora? I swear that’s him. Never thought I see him again next to current Square Enix employees like Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama.

    Kudos to Kamikokuryo for inviting him. After all, Matsuno gave him his breakthrough role by making him art co-director for FFXII. Before that, Kamikokuryo was just one of a bunch of random background artists. I think I see Hideo Minaba, too. Glad he also got invited.

    @Tony Garsow
    What’s the source of the photo and that Kamikokuryo got married this past week? It’s not provided in the article.

  • Tony Garsow

    @TheBadass Hover over the images in the article.