‘Final Fantasy’ Artist Creates His First NFT Collection

Legendary Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano to create and release his first NFT collection on the Astar blockchain.

Japanese Artist Yoshitaka Amano Partners With Astar Network To Create His New NFT Collection

Legendary Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano to create and release his first NFT collection on the Astar blockchain.

Artwork that inspired the NFT collection

The multi-chain smart contract platform Astar Network announced a partnership with Yoshitaka Amano in an official statement on September 29th. Astar Network will manage Yoshitaka Amano’s work Candy Girl, which includes a drawing collection of 108 angels. 

The artwork has previously caught the attention of the fashion industry. The artist’s work inspired clothing design at a semi-annual fashion show, “Tokyo Girls Collection 2017,” held in Tokyo, as well as the Mitsukoshi Ginza’s “Discover Tokyo” high fashion event. 

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The collection will be created and released on the Astar blockchain. This is the first time the aforementioned artist is releasing an NFT collection. Apart from managing the creation of the NFT collection, Astar Network has mentioned plans to build a Web3 entertainment site for collections like ‘Candy Girl’.

Amano is represented by the talent management firm Twin Planet. The firm is currently trying out new methods for helping art professionals integrate themselves and their art into blockchain technology.

A prominent Japanese artist

Yoshitaka Amano is a globally renowned Japanese artist. He is one of the leading artists behind Final Fantasy,’  a science fantasy anthology media franchise that includes video games, manga, and anime. 

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Amano’s iconic artwork also features the anime franchise ‘Speedracer‘ and illustrations for the award-winning book ‘Sandman: The Dream Huntersby Neil Gaiman. He also contributed to the illustrations for best-selling novel series, such as The Guin Saga’ and ‘Vampire Hunter D.’

"For people to see and appreciate my work is a bonus. It makes me want to draw even more. That was already the case when I was a child, and it hasn't changed ever since," said Yoshitaka Amano about his artwork.

With his newest NFT project ‘Candy Girl’, the artist is expanding his portfolio to include web3 technology-based artwork in hopes of increasing his work’s global reach.

On the Flipside

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  • Data from Dune Analytics shows that trading volumes of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) decreased 97% after reaching a record high in January 2022.

Why You Should Care

Partnering with world-renowned professional artists might position the blockchain as a preferable choice for artists to create, auction, and exhibit their artwork.

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