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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.

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Box art by Yukio Kitta

Japanese artwork, first published by Micro Cabin Corp. in 1991.

Designed for the Japanese market. MSX version pictured.

Also available on: FM Towns, Sharp X68000, PC-98.


By eschewing the grime and broken cityscape the game graphically enacted, Illusion City’s box art would be the start of the illusion.


Yukio’s grandiose and melancholic window into the future, would be imposingly possible due to the space available on Japan’s home computer casings.  It wouldn’t represent the in-games bleak artistic direction, but, the lamenting architectural facade would sorrowfully tell the game’s fated tale brilliantly.


Illusion’s artistry melded both classic anime with delicate ligne claire styles of art.  Inspiration can be seen from artist’s Moebius and Jean Giraud, and even though sci-fi isn’t Yukio’s normal genre, Illusion does still sit comfortably within the artists portfolio.


Sega’s Mega CD would be only console graced with a port, and also the only version to switch front and back covers - complete with 80’s Manga characterisation - but in doing so offered a far inferior box art both visually and emotionally.






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 >Illusion City

Other notable Yukio Kitta box arts.

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If you like Illusion City you’ll love…

1991

>Blue Almnac (JP) Mega Drive.

1992

>Epic (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.


Sources and further reading:

>http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,522448/

>http://1worldart.com/catlbyartist/japanese_artists/kitta.html



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2001

>Ico (EU/ JP) PlayStation 2.

Posted - 25/11/13, by Adam Gidney

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