Final Fantasy artist to make his directorial debut with animated film

When he isn’t busy filling up Tokyo galleries, Yoshitaka Amano, the man who created the characters for many early Final Fantasy games, is directing an upcoming animated film.

Deva Zan is scheduled to make it’s worldwide debut in 2012. It tells the story of Zan, a Samurai who’s lost his memory, and his quest to fight off the legions of darkness. So, maybe it’s not the most original plot, but we’re excited by the idea of seeing Amano’s work fully realized and animated. As attached as we are to cute super-deformed sprites of the early Final Fantasies, they don’t do justice to Amano’s amazing original artwork. Though he's worked on films such as Vampire Hunter D, this is the first film he's directed himself.

Be sure to check out the amazing trailer above. The character’s are obviously Amano’s and would fit inside Final Fantasy VI.

Dec 22, 2010

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  • Shenlong4517 - December 24, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    GIVE. DO WANT. NOW. Wow, it's even rendered me temporarily incapable of forming coherent sentences.
  • pr0tostar - December 23, 2010 10:05 p.m.

  • Fusionmix - December 23, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    I've usually hated andro character design, but Amano is one of the only exceptions to that rule. I'm loving the aesthetic. If they pare back on awkward ramblings and have most of the movie be jaw-breakingly gorgeous fight scenes, I will have to see this. If it ends up being some sappy love drama, not so much. ReCaptcha: WORSHIP. SIVESGTOLY. Who the hell is Sivesgtoly?
  • Yaro - December 23, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    The style looks great but light vs black plots are kinda...meh. Although amnesiac protagonist is always nice. One cliche that never gets old for me.
  • SideOfBeef - December 23, 2010 2 a.m.

    I like this scene more when it was the final boss battle in Ninja Blade, before it got doused in Dynasty Warriors and mascara.
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 23, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    You tell by the eyes and pointy noses it's by him. I hope it's really successful, that film. That red circle logo looks a bunch like the Okami sun logo, though.
  • paganpoet - December 23, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    I've always liked Amano's character designs, but not necessarily his drawings, if that makes sense...everything is too wispy and lithe and it's hard to tell who is who. Whereas I like Nomura's drawings, but not so much his designs. Too many buckles and straps and ridiculous hair... Combine the two together a la the Dissidia artwork and you get good stuff.
  • Nodoudt - December 23, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    Wow. O__O Here's hoping it does well in the box-offices!

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