That’s right, this guy:
The man responsible for works like this:
That’s right, the “buckles-and-belts-and-zippers-and-straps” guy. The man who uses Gackt as inspiration…a lot.
You’d think his style wouldn’t mesh well with the medieval. Well, take a look at this concept sketch:
What about the clothing style? He created Setzer (which was based on an earlier design for Faris) and Shadow.
We know Nomura was responsible for these two, as he proposed these designs:
Where most people would make their proposals on documents filled with walls of text, Nomura used his skills as a designer and wrote his proposals by hand, with sketches and little manga doodles to get his image across. “As I would hand in proposals like that, eventually Mr. Sakaguchi and Mr. Kitase would ask ‘Where’s Tets’ proposal?’ at meetings.” It was through his unique method and stance that Nomura believes helped land him his position with Final Fantasy VII.
Nomura also had a plan book he used for medieval inspired Final Fantasy V. As Nomura says:
“There were a lot of things, but for example, in the planning book for what kind of jobs I had in mind for Final Fantasy V, there were things like a ninja with a dog, a gambler who fought with dice and cards, and other illustrations. Everyone else used computers to type things out for their main plan books, but in order to have more impact, I wrote all the notes by hand and included plenty of drawings.”
Amano is a great artist in his own right. Yet, we can see Nomura also has a range of style: Steampunk (Final Fantasy V & VI), Dystopic (Final Fantasy VII and X), Modern (Final Fantasy VIII & XV) and Futuristic (Final Fantasy XIII). But he hasn’t done a full Medieval proper game (just a few side characters here and there, taking a back seat to Amano for Final Fantasy V & VI). Why not challenge him to drop the buckles and belts and zippers and straps? Perhaps he could adopt a much more Medieval style? Or maybe bring on the buckles and belts and zippers and straps and for a much more Medieval style…