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Yoshitaka Amano #2

Welcome to today’s installment of BMCMB’s feature artist curation.

Yoshitaka Amano
Brief artist bio can be found here.

Gallery pieces from Marchena collection of illustrations inspired by European folklore. The usual suspects are included: little red, sleeping beauty, snow white, little mermaid et al.

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Featured Artist: Yoshitaka Amano #1

This week, BMCMB will be doing her first Feature Artist review. Her subject is Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. Subsequent image gallery posts will compose an online curatorial project. 

Today’s post: an introduction and background of Yoshitaka Amano, and the first image gallery.

Intro and Edit by Pont

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the man himself

Yoshitaka Amano, born in 1952 at the foot of Mt Fuji, is today’s feature artist. Prepare to enter a world of somber, beautiful delicacy.

Many of you may recognize Amano’s name (or at the very least, his designs) from his work with the Final Fantasy franchise. I’ll be steering clear of this body of work, since many are familiar with them and not as many are familiar with his other pieces. I therefore encourage you to read this Kotaku article for a good Final Fantasy/Amano gallery.

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I may have lied. There will be Final Fantasy pieces. I just have to restrain myself a little otherwise my serious-review pants may fall off to reveal my giddy nostalgic dork suspenders.

Amano’s career began in the animation field but by the time he was thirty, he’d grown bored and gone freelance. Besides his work in video games, Amano’s portfolio notably includes work on Vampire Hunter D, and cult Japanese film Angel’s Egg (with legendary director Mamoru Oshii).

Also; some fascinating, genre-bending work, like a visual concert 1001 Nights. It comprised of a live orchestral performance featuring an original score by David Newman, played alongside Amanos signature animation. Next time you have half an hour to spare, please watch the video below because it is stunning (fans of Fantasia take special note).

And if all that is somehow not enough for you, he’s also worked with Neil Gaiman on the Sandman series.

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Having sufficiently preambled, I present to you my first  hand picked Yoshitaka Amano gallery.

From Biten

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Yoko Kanno Week- #1

This week on E. Leventine, we will be highlighting the extremely eclectic work of composer Yoko Kanno of Japan.

Lets start things off with a video. This is a live performance of one of her most iconic songs, “Tank!” (from the original score of Cowboy Bebop) performed by the band she fronts, The Seatbelts. That’s her, onstage in a red leather duster, simply dancing while the crowd goes understandably insane at her mere presence.

As any Japanophile knows, Yoko Kanno is responsible for some of the best pan-media original scores composed this century. You’ll find her work in anime, video games, TV shows and on the pop charts through her work with various Japanese pop idols. The genres she composes range from electronica to blues to straight up operas. She writes songs in Japanese, English, French and what sound like dead latin-based languages I can’t for the life of me place.

We’re in for a good week.

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-Pont

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