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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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 >Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night


Box art by Ayami Kojima

Japanese artwork, published by Konami in 1998.

Designed for the Japanese market.  Sega Saturn version pictured.  

Also available on: na


Illustrator Ayami Kojima would help reinvent and revitalise the Castlevania series with this masterful artwork.


Before her involvement Castlevania’s box arts in general couldn’t have been more different.  Hulking overly Americanised characters, Hammer Horror Dracula's and clichéd backdrops had artistically populated the series since 1986.  Ayami’s delicate, effeminate characterisation drastically changed all of that and, along with Konami’s new “Metroidvaina” gameplay, critically making the series relevant again.


It was a box art that subtly attacked the senses and a classic example of fine artistry winning over the then popular computer generated art look of the late 90’s. Ayami would also be responsible for the stylistically similar European/ Japanese PlayStation version.


The success of The Symphony of the Night made Ayami one of Konami’s premier artists and forever linked her to the series. She would follow up all her subsequent box arts in this style.








Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night

Other notable Ayami Kojima box arts.

1999

>Chou-Denki Card Battle (JP) WonderSwan.

2003

>Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (NA) PlayStation 2.



If you like Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night you’ll love…

1992

>Kawanakajima Ibunroku (JP) PC-98.

1993

>Ancient Magic: Bazoo! Mahou Sekai (JP) Super Famicom.



Sources and further reading:

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayami_Kojima

>http://www.creativeuncut.com/profile_kojima.html

>http://www.1up.com/features/castlevania?pager.offset=3


Related BOX=ART pages.



2005

>Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (worldwide) PlayStation 2, Xbox.


2007

>Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (worldwide) PSP.








1996

>Front Mission: Gun Hazard (JP) Super Famicom.

1999

>Final Fantasy Anthology (NA) PlayStation.





Posted - 1/9/13, by Adam Gidney


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