Interest Final Fantasy's Amano Donates Art for Quake Charity
posted on 2011-06-16 09:30 EDT by Daryl Bunao
Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D illustrator Yoshitaka Amano has donated three pieces of brush art paintings for an July 9 auction to aid the recovery and reconstruction efforts after the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. The live auction will run at 7:00 p.m. on the last day of Yoshitaka Amano: FOR JAPAN, a June 18-July 9 art exhibition at the New People entertainment and shopping center in San Francisco's Japantown district.
All proceeds raised in the auction will go to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.
The auction will take bids on-site or online. All potential bidders must register online or in person at the New People center's Superfrog Gallery. The New People Twitter account will post updates on auction bids.
Amano has been in the anime industry since he was 15, when he joined the veteran studio Tatsunoko Production. Among his character design credits at Tatsunoko are Time Bokan, Hutch the Honeybee, Shinzo Ningen Casshan, and Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
After he became a freelancer, he contributed visual conceptual art to the first of many Final Fantasy games from Square (later Square Enix). He also created Yasai no Yousei - N.Y. Salad, a television anime about the secret nocturnal life of vegetables in a New York kitchen, and that series inspired a 3D film this spring. He is currently working on his directorial film debut, the anime Deva Zan, for worldwide release next year.
New People is also holding a benefit screening of the live-action film Linda Linda Linda on June 24 at 7:00 p.m. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Earth Day Tokyo Tower of Japan, a group that sends organized groups of volunteers into devastated areas to assist with clean-up, make food, hold events for children, and sets up food courts.