A few years ago I clapped and cheered when I discovered on Dark Horse’s website that Yoshitaka Amano would be getting another release in North America. It’s called The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy, and until that point it was only available in Japan. Prices on AnimeBooks.com (http://www NULL.animebooks NULL.com/) and Ebay went for at least $400, and being a teenager without a job meant no imported collection in my hands.
The Sky was first announced via Dark Horse’s Amano Zone, a section of their site dedicated to the artist most famously known for his work on Final Fantasy. Dawn: The Worlds of Final Fantasy, a book featuring artwork from only Final Fantasy I-IV, was hot off the press and must have been selling well enough to warrant the announcement. But did Dark Horse jump the gun?
It seemed to take a while for a release date to surface, but retailers finally popped up with March 2011. It would be a long wait but completely worth it in the end. Even better, the price point was $140, a fraction of the previous cost to import. When March rolled around the collection was nowhere in sight and the date was eventually pushed back to December 2011/January 2012. During this time it was even listed on Amazon, yet only briefly before it was taken down. For collectors and fans it seemed The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy was slowly leaving our grasp.
In December I finally preordered the collection from Things From Another World, Dark Horse’s go-to seller for their products. December 28th came and went, and so I emailed TFAW about the collection. They told me the product was indeed unavailable and then removed the artbook collection from their site. I was disappointed and gave up hope for The Sky collection to come stateside.
Then, somewhere out of the blue, Dark Horse started listing the collection again on their website (http://www NULL.darkhorse NULL.com/Books/14-856/The-Sky-The-Art-of-Final-Fantasy-Boxed-Set) with an October 17th, 2012 release date. This time it seems promising, considering it’s actually listed on the site. Here is Dark Horse’s description for the set:
To everyone who waited patiently for The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy: congrats! The multiple delays and presumed cancellation have all been worth it. No more having to pay over $700 (http://www NULL.ebay NULL.com/sch/sis NULL.html?_nkw=Yoshitaka%20Amano%20THE%20SKY%20Art%20Final%20Fantasy%20NEW%20&_itemId=110601316856) for an out-of-print Japanese import. You can currently preorder the collection from Things From Another World (http://www NULL.tfaw NULL.com/Profile/The-Sky-The-Art-of-Final-Fantasy-Boxed-Set___377661), but Amazon (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/1616550392/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1616550392&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
currently has the best deal out there. Let’s show Dark Horse that we’re serious about owning artwork by Yoshitaka Amano!