An Impressive Resume of Anime and Video Game Backgrounds

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What do Terra Formars, Fullmetal Alchemist and Final Fantasy X have in common? They all had backgrounds done by studio Kusanagi.

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The Tokyo-based studio has worked on an incredibly impressive list of games and anime that include the likes of Final Fantasy XII, Love Love?, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Cowboy Bebop, Front Mission 2, Sakura Wars V, and Ni no Kuni.

As Anime!Anime! (via ANN) reports, smartphone game maker Cygames recently purchased Kusanagi, turning it into a subsidiary. Cygames is responsible for the moster hit Granblue Fantasy.

Via the studio’s official site, let’s take a look back at some of Kusanagi’s amazing background work.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

I miss RPGs with prerendered backgrounds. Backgrounds really set the mood and atmosphere, and too many games nowadays just opt for bland, overly generic, open 3D backgrounds. Case in point, something like Tales of Zestiria. It had a few nice sections, but most were copy paste, reused assets all over, and no real sense of wonder.

Pre-rendered backgrounds may be mostly static, but they tend to be much, much higher quality, and memorable. We can all remember FFVII, Resident Evil, and otherr games purely on their backgrounds.

So yes, long rant over. Bring back super high quality backgrounds.