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Art of Final Fantasy IX, The [Paperback]

Dan Birlew
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Dec 8 2000
Get An Inside Look Into the Fabulous Art from FINAL FANTASY IX!
While more recent Final Fantasy games were populated with modern-day settings and themes, Final Fantasy IX takes place in pre-industrial times and is filled with royalty, airships, floating castles, black mages and dragons. This accompanying strategy guide includes rarely-seen concept art and detailed pencil sketches, an immense collection of character art, airship and vehicle designs, monsters and unique weapon images, and full-page scenes from the most beautiful cinemas in video game history. Entertaining and informative commentary is provided as well as anecdotal captions relevant to story and events of Final Fantasy IX. - A must-have for Final Fantasy and RPG fans.

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BradyGames The Art of FINAL FANTASY IX features an inside look at the stunning art from FINAL FANTASY IX. The book includes rarely-seen concept art and detailed pencil sketches, an immense collection of character art, airship and vehicle designs, monsters and unique weapon images, and full-page scenes from the most beautiful cinemas in video game history. Entertaining and informative commentary is provided as well as anecdotal captions relevant to story and events of FINAL FANTASY IX.

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Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. and Square Co., Ltd. , is the leading third-party developer and publisher of home video game console software in Japan with annual sales of more than US $687 million consolidated base (based on average annual exchange rate of 106 Japanese Yen per US Dollar during fiscal year 2000) and 1,200 employees worldwide. Square Co., Ltd. became famous for its role-playing games, including its world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series, which has sold more than 30 million units to date, and now publishes other titles under the SQUARESOFT brand spanning all genres. Square Co., Ltd. is based in Tokyo, Japan, and maintains a branch office in Osaka.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best squaresoft art book ever July 7 2006
I was lucky that a seller from amazon.ca sold this to me for less than 60$, because this thing is a treasure. im sorry for those who can'T afford the unaffoardable 250$ on market place, but if another seller ever comes by and sells this for less than 60$, take this, it's very good, every place is there, every character, some you didn'T even think of! ^^' very beautiful graphics, and memorable moments from the game. i would have given it 7 stars, but this site won'T let me! >< XD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Feb. 6 2011
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I have never seen a more beautiful art book, over the years I've found bits and pieces of of this book floating online, but now that I finally own it, I'm seeing more artworks, and in much better quality. The artwork in FFIX was the best in its class, and I'm sure that if you enjoyed playing the game, you'll enjoy seeing its blueprints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FF9 fans will be pleased. Aug. 1 2003
It's got all the characters, all the settings, all the fun. FF9 was my favorited in the series so I just had to get this homage to it. It's just fun to look at the sketches and rough-drafts and such. The town designs are really amazing.
If you're a fan of the FF series, anime, or just incredible art, I suggest you check this out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Just Beautiful Drawings from the Best Feb. 11 2003
I love Final Fantasy!! I have been a die hard fan since part one was released in 1990. There are several books out that show the visual effects from the Final Fantasy series, but this one is by far the best. It is strait forward, art, from the original designer of FF characters, Yoshitaka Amano. Page for page you will see the steps that he followed making this characters shine.
The main reason that I took one star away was because most of the art in this book is finished up designs from Amano. I am a very big fan of his work, ex. Vampire Hunter D, FF1-6,and 9 adn several other Japaneese work. I enjoy his early sketches better, they are much more fantasy like. But that does not mean that this collection is not beautiful as printed.
This is a beautiful editon to any Final Fantasy collecton or just plain art or drawings collection. Dont pass this up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Art of Final Fantasy IX!! Sept. 9 2002
By Paige
When I bought this book, I expected mostly black and white photos and small screenshots from the game, but when I opened it up I was happily suprised with a book full of large, colorful artwork. Being a fan of the game series itself, this book especially appealed to me, as it probably would to many other FF players. But even those who do not play the game will find them selves impressed with the tons of fantastic artwork that fills its pages. I definitely recommened this book if you are a fan of the game or just love great art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy for any artist, final fantasy fan... July 6 2002
The Art of Final Fantasy IX shows off the artwork from the proclaimed video game. The book contains all types of artwork, from characters designs, transportation designs, backgrounds, enviorments, weapon designs, and 3D renders.
Whether you're a Final Fantasy fan or an artist with interest in seeing great character designs as well as enviorments, this is a great book to look at. It also shows off final renders of the characters in 3D. A must have for any animator's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! June 2 2002
You should simply buy this book. If not, at least check it out!
Weather you're a FF fan or simply an art admirer, this book is going to please you.
Personally, I found many things in the book that are not directly related to the game (such as the Alexander drawings). The art is simply breathtaking, and includes everything, from tools and weapons to Characters and Eidolons.
Excellent artwork for a great game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book Feb. 19 2002
By A Customer
This is my faorite art book ever. I have a huge collection of book on art but I have never seen art as beautiful as this. Why do I like this book? lets find out. First The art is highly beautiful with excellent detail and beauty. Also because of how unique the people and places in the books are. If you love creative and beautiful artwork. This book is for you.
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