In an interview with Famitsu Weekly released back in September, Series Director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that he had been getting many requests inside and outside of Square Enix for collaboration projects. So far, we've seen the Hatsune Miku and Monster Hunter collaborations, but what could the next one be? To everyone's surprise, it's none other than the artwork for Utada Hikaru's upcoming cover album!
Utada's cover album, to be released December 9, 2014, features various popular and new artists cover her familiar tunes. Such artists include Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis feat. Peabo Bryson, Yasuyuki Okamura, Ayumi Hamasaki, LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, and many more. The tracklisting has yet to be confirmed.
Nomura also left a message regarding his thoughts toward this artwork. Thanks to Zephyr, you can read it below:
This was the first time I felt troubled to draw.
There were a number of things that troubled me. Perhaps you could ask yourself is this the “game”. In the game’s proposal, I kept in mind when writing this, from what you know previously, your imagination may start to inflate/swell. I thought about trying to express this in one picture. What arises from this proposal, there is a meaning to every keyword in the picture.
And, as one waits for Utada to perform again, there is a double meaning in this content. What happens if she starts to move again?
I tried to draw those emotions in the possibility of those imaginations.
Tetsuya Nomura (Square Enix) Designer
FINAL FANTASY and KINGDOM HEARTS character designer, game designer, and Director.
What do you think of the artwork? Are you hoping one of these artists will cover Simple and Clean/Hikari or Sanctuary/Passion? Let us know!
Source: Utada Hikaru official website
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