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The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition [Hardcover]

Yoshitaka Amano , Carl Gustav Horn , Jemiah Jefferson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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28 Jun 2013
Previously available only as a part of the now sold-out The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set, Dark Horse is pleased to offer fans another chance to own the three-book hardcover set The Sky I, II, and III, included in the new The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition! Yoshitaka Amano is one of the world's foremost fantasy artists, and The Sky I, II, and III showcase Amano's ethereal illustrations for the first ten Final Fantasy games. Each hardcover book in The Sky Slipcased Edition is 11 5/8" high by 10 5/8" wide, and printed on glossy stock. Volume 1 contains Amano's work for Final Fantasy I-III, Volume 2 his contributions for Final Fantasy IV-VI, and Volume 3 features his art for Final Fantasy VII-X. The elegant slipcase containing The Sky I, II, and III features the same wraparound exterior artwork as The Sky Boxed Set, with a double-hinged flap that folds around the open edge and is held flat to the back side with a hidden magnetic closure, making it easy both to remove the books and to display the set closed.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; Box edition (28 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616551607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616551605
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 27.9 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful art work, order from somewhere else 4 July 2013
By ZC21
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The box these 3 books come in is lovely. Has a little ribbon to pull the box open. The three books are printed on good quality paper and are all hardback. Take a look at some of the art online and see if you like it first.

My overall score is NOT affected by the following but be warned, the box amazon sent this to me in could hardly cope with the weight of book. So, when the book arrived the top of the box was clearly dented, so now sending it back :-(
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In 2012, Dark Horse released the first edition of The Sky limited to 1000 copies. Many who pre-ordered were left sorely disappointed when their books did not ship when the shipping date went by. 1000 limited copies for fans of Final Fantasy, a game series that has over millions of fans. Now that's truly limited.

Well, it's all good now. Dark Horse has released, this time, a non-limited edition of The Sky that is more easily available. Although there are no additional goodies with this release.

This is a slipcase set with three hardcover books. The cardboard slipcase is covered with some silky fabric with a beautiful print across and to the back. It's very sturdy cardboard and even has a cover for the opening. The presentation is very nice.

Inside the book there are the three large format artbooks. Volume 1 collects works for FF I-III, Volume 2 for FF IV-VI and 3 for FF VII-X. This is a collection of artworks from 1987 to 2001. Altogether, there are 576 pages.

This box set might not be what you're expecting depending on the type of FF fan you are.

I suspect there might be a group of fans or designers looking for art that is closer to the games. You know, like those art-of books typically released alongside games? The Sky is not like those artbooks. There's no full list of characters or enemies, environment art (I'm still looking for these), weapons, vehicles or promotional art.

The focus in on character designer Yoshitaka Amano and his character designs. There are over hundreds of drawings of characters and enemies in the unique Amano style of art.

It really interesting to see, for the first few games, how those dot matrix game sprites are translated into or from the concept art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 26 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As an artist and fan of Final Fantasy I was very excited to find out about this book. Everything about it is very high quality and the artwork inside is truly exceptional.

Would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the Final Fantasy series or who just has an interest in fantasy art in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking. 15 July 2013
By Rin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a massive fan of Final Fantasy, so say anything related to it and I will be there. And to find there is a re-release of this set of books nearly made my heart stop; I pressed pre-order before I even looked at the price..
I bought this set for one picture, and that was the concept art of Sephiroth, (massive FF7 fan..) but I have played FF1, 2, 6 and some of 10 so to see the characters from other series was captivating to say the least. And I love Amano's style of drawing (can be seen especially in 1&2 in the PSP booklets) which although is concept art, you can really distinguish the characters to how they are in-game and in-concept. (Recognised Cloud straight away, same with Aerith.)
They are in full colour ink on beautiful, thick glossy paper and the books are pretty massive, so you're not straining to see the amount of detail in every picture. Amano's life's work is in these pages, so to even look at them - let alone have your own copy - is a blessing.
Gah! I could write so much more on how beautiful and precious this is, but if you're a FF fan of even one series, this set will convert you to play all of them just to see how the characters have developed from these pages.
Long live Sephiroth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 1 April 2014
By Ruehara
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This was a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves it and amazed that i got my hands on one! Always look through it and it always amazes me
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a thing of beauty. 18 Mar 2014
By Russtafarian VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There's already enough reviews that go into great depths about this package. (The video review that'd been posted is terrific.)
For anyone that knows Amano's artwork or Final Fantasy video games (hence why you're here, I presume), then you already know how amazing his stuff is. This is simply a well-presented, great collection of books – a must-have sold at a good price.
There's little I can add to other rest reviews, so just buy it already and soak up the pages with your eyes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great artbook. 14 Mar 2014
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I definitely recommend this to fans of Yoshitaka Amano's art, especially if you are into the older Final Fantasy games. The whole package is a quality product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent product 14 Feb 2014
By Sue
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
speedily shipped and well wrapped, It was perfect gift brought for my son who adored it. It's a great price for all that you receive
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As someone who grew up on the earlier Final Fantasy games, this collection of 3 hardback books is a joy to go through and to take in. Read more
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Really lovely artbook. And amazing for just 24 pounds! It's very heavy and sturdy, and the art is beautiful. Must own for any art/final fantasy fan.
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I'll keep it short and simple: it's a great collection!

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