Game Artist Profile
 Nobuteru Yuuki

Nobuteru Yuuki Nobuteru Yuuki (born December 24, 1962) is an animation artist best known for his loved character designs for the world-renowned Escaflowne anime series and movie, as well as many other hit titles such as Heat Guy J, Captain Harlock, Xenosaga: The Animation, and Paradise Kiss. But on top of his anime fame he is known to gamers as a conceptual artist for an array of fan-favorite video games, with work appearing in titles from a number of different companies.

Character designs for Escaflowne is Nobuteru's best known work. Nobuteru's history as an artist started in a rather humble way. Before his career in animation ever took off, he was working in a simple government job, and was no more than a fan of anime himself. While attending an anime convention, Nobuteru had the chance to speak with an animator who encouraged him to pursue the field of work, and he decided from that point that he too would be an animator. Nobuteru's first projects would be doujinshi, self-published manga of an amateur level, which he worked on under the pen name The Man In The High Castle. During this time he says he looked to other anime and manga as influence for his work. With his style established and a small name made for himself, he was finally able to secure a position as a part-time animator at Studio Min and DAST, where he worked on Megazone 23.

Illustration of a Thief for Legend of Mana. With his foot in the animation industry door, Nobuteru's career grew quickly, with character design role being handed to him in 1989 for the anime movie Five Star Stories. His industry options expanded further to include commissions for video game conceptual design, with 1995 marking his first role as character designer for the Japan-only release of Seiken Densetsu 3 (equivalently: Secret of Mana 2). Gamers probably know him best for the vast number of character designs he provided for Chrono Cross several years later, as well as following titles in the Mana series.

Kid and Harle from Chrono Cross, signed by Nobuteru. Nobuteru's design roles have ranged from redesigning another artist's work, to fully supervising an art team as an animation director. He says he feels most at ease working under someone else, but enjoys the challenges of both roles. He works well with both traditional drawing mediums as well as computer animation and believes they both have their place, but sees the role of the later as assisting in the animation process. Nobuteru also believes a mark of a professional artist is to draw based off what you see internally, and he encourages aspiring artists to learn by visualizing a character by how they believe they should look, rather than attempting to copy only what they see.

On a closing note—Nobuteru is quite a gamer himself and often plays video games in his spare time!

 Artist's Video Game Work
1995  Seiken Densetsu 3 (SNES)
1996  Radical Dreamers
          (Satellaview)
1998  Tail Concerto (PS)
1998  Dragon Force II (SS)
1999  Legend of Mana (PS)
1999  Chrono Cross (PS)
2000  Blade Arts (PS)
2003  Sword of Mana (GBA)



 
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