You may not know his name, but you definitely know his work. Isamu Kamikokuryo has served as the art director on Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XV among many, many others. He announced on Friday that he had left Square Enix after an incredibly successful career.
— 上国料 勇 / Isamu Kamikokuryo (@kamikoku2009) April 1, 2017
He made the announcement on Twitter, saying "Yesterday, March 31, I resigned from Square Enix. It's been a little over 18 years since I joined the company in 1999. It was a wonderful experience, from when I started with doing concept art for Final Fantasy X up until Final Fantasy XV. I am fully grateful to the company for giving me the opportunity to meet with so many people and demonstrate my talents."
He continued, "I have a feeling of painful reluctance, but I would like to face drawing something new from here on. In the future, I would like to revive my writing activity while doing freelance art and diction work. To the staff and fans who supported my drawings for such a long time, thank you very much."
Kamikokuryo worked in the art department on all of the following games:
- Final Fantasy X
- Final Fantasy XII
- Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
- Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System
- Final Fantasy XIII
- The Third Birthday Party
- Final Fantasy XIII-2
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
- Final Fantasy XV
Due to his work on FFXII, he was part of the Ivalice Alliance franchise and thanks to FFXIII was also involved in the Fabula Nova Crystallis franchise.
For those unsavvy in the ways of Final Fantasy grouping, all games set in the fictional world of Ivalice (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactcis Advance, FFXII, FFXII: Revenant Wings, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, and Crystal Defenders) are part of the Ivalice Alliance.
Those connected with Final Fantasy XIII are part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis franchise, which includes all of the spinoffs of FFXIII, including Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Agito, Final Fantasy Type-0 Online, and also Final Fantasy XV.
Kamikokuryo has helped shape most of the recent Final Fantasy games, and his presence in future titles will be missed, but we wish him all the best in his freelance endeavors.