artist, designer/illustrator for video games or role playing games,
AKIHIRO YAMADA holds many fonctions simultaneously and he brilliantly
gets away with it, with a craft way of working and a style which
can evoke the FRANK FRAZETTA one in some way. As for AYAMI KOJIMA,
a lot of his works are unknown to me, as the short comic stories
collection, or the works he could have done for japanese role
playing game manuals as LODOSS. So how many known works can be
attached to him ?
Well first of all, the comic book LODOSS TO SENKI : LADY OF PHARRIS
which reveals him, in France particulary where this book is translated
and distributed. We must mention that AKIHIRO YAMADA is not the
scripwriter here, the scriptwriter is the author of the LODOSS
concept (it explains that little A.D.D. side). Still in Heroic
Fantasy domain, he took part with other illustrators in drawing
for a japanese card game called CHAOS GEAR, sort of MAGIC card
game. He also made some covers for CHTULU (R.P.G. or novels ?
I can precisely say).
The work of AKIHIRO YAMADA don't stop with that ; He designed
many video games:
MYSTIC ARK on SFC, DRACULA XX (CASTLEVANIA VAMPIRE KISS for other
countries) still on SFC. It's fun to see that as AYAMI KOJIMA
he also worked on the vampiric series from KONAMI. He must have
worked on 2 other games on SFC (I can't tell what was his part
on these works). We can confirm his involvement in the cover design
of PC ENGINE games as MIGHT AND MAGIC 3 and WIZARDRY I.II and
II.IV. Therefore comes TERRA PHANTASTICA on Saturn, very complete
heroic-fantasy wargame entirely designed by him, there's also
MEREMANOID, playstation R.P.G. where you can play a mermaid. You
may found illustrations of some of his productions in the following
gallery below, so you will be able to estimate the talent of this
illustrator. Moreover, his design of the Dark Child from TERRA
PHANTASTICA reveals that he must know SYMPHONY X, what a tasteful
AKIHIRO YAMADA's design work also concerns arcade game with two
games, and PC 98 side too with two R.P.G. one of which is named
BLACK RAINBOW, I actively search this last one for my PC 98 emulator.
To conclude this inventory which is not complete, I will mention
his work on two other Playstations games, FRONT MISSION 3 from
Square soft (which illustration on telephone card is above in
this page) and a new MYSTIC ARK MABOROSHI GENKIJO still edited
by ENIX, the cover is presented above in this page.
is the end of this little incomplete listing when we know all
the manga or illustrations works for magazines or novels which
are not available for some european like me, if you can help and
complete this presentation, let me know...
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