The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set Hardcover – Oct 30 2012
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Anyway, I mention that only because it is a shame that many true collectors and those who appreciate Amano's work will not be able to see this incredible set. The box, books, and other included materials are made of the highest quality. The weight just screams, "I am a premium product." It is the amazing art that truly makes this an unforgettable set, however. If you are even looking at this review you would most likely have the proper appreciation for what this is, and I am preaching to the choir.
Bottom line here is that the art is worth owning. Dark Horse is re-releasing this in a stripped down format, with the main books included in the set, and I highly recommend that fans who were unable to purchase The Sky look at pre-ordering those as soon as possible in case they somehow become limited as well. As for The Sky, if you can somehow get your hands on this, regardless of price, I think it is worth it.
These books contain some previously unreleased Final Fantasy illustrations. Most of them seem to be various illustrations from Final Fantasy VI, including but not limited to unreleased renderings of Terra in a predominantly blue outfit; a bluish Shadow and his red-and-white-striped dog, Interceptor; and Locke sporting the finest of pale pink jackets. However, most of the art you will probably have seen before in some form or another.
Oddly, this collection does not contain any of the promotional artwork Amano did for the series after Final Fantasy X. Surely some of it would have been available at the time this set was being assembled; maybe not. It's not enough of an omission for me to actually complain, though.
The extras are fun: the flip book has a little moogle going splat on one side and a ethereal woman twirling around on the other side. The acetate print is metallic silver on a clear background; I imagine it would look great framed against dark purple or blue matting. The post-cards are pretty self-explanatory and I'd probably rather frame them than use them. And there's a card with an autograph. I know people want the autograph, but it's on its own separate card and not on the books themselves. If ever a copy of this set is published without all the extras, you'll probably eventually have a chance to get the set signed in person at one comic con or another, and maybe Amano will do a quick illustration for you to go with the autograph! Still, I am glad to have mine.
I waited anxiously for this to arrive and I was not disappointed. Hopefully Dark Horse will release a stripped-down set for those who are mainly interested in the art books, which by themselves are quite beautiful and worth the price of the set.
Everything is so perfectly package, and the books are of great quality. If you love Amano's work you won't be disappointed !
Truly a beautiful piece of collector, I highly recommend it to any final fantasy fan as well as art enthusiasts in general.
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