Tetsuya Nomura Archive

  • Square-Enix’s DC line has always been a head-scratcher for me. The designs, from the first ones they put out to the Tetsuya Nomura designs, are so very strange and out-there. Maybe that’s the appeal! But they’re really pushing the boundary of “what even am I looking at” with their new Harley Quinn & The Joker. Because these seemingly normal Play-Arts Kai transform into… robot Harley and robot Joker. Wat. The Joker has some strange exo-suit going on and Harley looks like an extra from Bubblegum Crisis. I… I kind of love it. It’s just SO weird, and the Joker has about 20 thousand extra heads. Part of me is like “why” and the other part is all “think of the toy photography opportunities!!”

    Toy Fair 2017: Square Enix’s DC Play Arts Kai Figures

    Square-Enix’s DC line has always been a head-scratcher for me. The designs, from the first ones they put out to the Tetsuya Nomura designs, are so very strange and out-there. Maybe that’s the appeal! But they’re really pushing the boundary of “what even am I looking at” with their new Harley Quinn & The Joker. Because these seemingly normal Play-Arts Kai transform into… robot Harley and robot Joker. Wat. The Joker has some strange exo-suit going on and Harley looks like an extra from Bubblegum Crisis. I… I kind of love it. It’s just SO weird, and the Joker has about 20 thousand extra heads. Part of me is like “why” and the other part is all “think of the toy photography opportunities!!”

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  • In theory, having Nomura Tetsuya redesign the DC characters sounds like a good idea. I mean… he makes some nice art, right? Well, it seems someone misheard and thought the idea was “pretend the DC characters are silly tech-based summons like in FFXIII.” I giggled at the original DC Universe Variant Play Arts, I was baffled by the art for the Batman in this line, and the final result is… um… interesting? Very strange? Confusing on a multitude of levels? Check out the gallery for Bats and Cats in all their FF-inspired glory.

    NYCC 2014: Square-Enix’s Batman and Catwoman Variant Play Arts Kai

    In theory, having Nomura Tetsuya redesign the DC characters sounds like a good idea. I mean… he makes some nice art, right? Well, it seems someone misheard and thought the idea was “pretend the DC characters are silly tech-based summons like in FFXIII.” I giggled at the original DC Universe Variant Play Arts, I was baffled by the art for the Batman in this line, and the final result is… um… interesting? Very strange? Confusing on a multitude of levels? Check out the gallery for Bats and Cats in all their FF-inspired glory.

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  • When you looked at the header did you think “is that some kind of… weird bondage outfit with like built in suspension capability?” I wouldn’t blame you. Because it looks weird as shit. But no, it’s the goddamn Batman! Designed by Tetsuya Nomura of Final Fantasy fame. Why, you ask? Because Square-Enix has two Play Arts lines that sell well: Final Fantasy and DC. Because they have brains that apparently work in alien ways they thought it’d be TOTALLY GREAT to combine the two into this abomination. It looks like Kirby ate Batman and then Bahamut and exploded. Just… why. [via Siliconera]

    Batman And Final Fantasy Combine With Unexpected Results

    When you looked at the header did you think “is that some kind of… weird bondage outfit with like built in suspension capability?” I wouldn’t blame you. Because it looks weird as shit. But no, it’s the goddamn Batman! Designed by Tetsuya Nomura of Final Fantasy fame. Why, you ask? Because Square-Enix has two Play Arts lines that sell well: Final Fantasy and DC. Because they have brains that apparently work in alien ways they thought it’d be TOTALLY GREAT to combine the two into this abomination. It looks like Kirby ate Batman and then Bahamut and exploded. Just… why. [via Siliconera]

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