Tetsuya Nomura Judging Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Art Contest

By Ishaan . February 12, 2014 . 1:03pm

Square Enix are holding a Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII art contest in collaboration with DeviantArt, the two companies have announced.


Keeping with Lightning Returns’ costume customization theme, the art contest requires participants to enter artwork of Lightning, with different takes on her looks, including apparel, weapons, and other areas of customization.


Here’s the interesting part: the art contest will be judged by Square Enix character designer and director Tetsuya Nomura. Nomura, as you may know, designed Lightning, in addition to which, he’s the director of the Kingdom Hearts series and is also directing Final Fantasy XV.


You can find more contest details here. Prizes include an original sketch from Tetsuya Nomura, a custom Xbox 360 console and controller, a sum of $1,000 USD, the entire Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on Xbox 360, a Lightning Returns shirt, and a logo keychain.


The prize will go out to three winners, and the winning designers will have their art featured on the DeviantArt homepage, with a link to their profile on the site. And yes, the contest is open to participants worldwide.

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  • MaximDualBlade

    I don’t want her in Versus nor in KH3 :S I have had enough of waifu Lightning shoved through my throat.

    On topic: this looks like a really nice price. I especially like the keychain and the 1000 bucks XD

    Read that I wrote “I” so it’s my opinion :)

    • LightningFarron19

      She’s going to be in KH3. Nomura want FF characters in it and it would make sense along with Noctis. The two will be the new Cloud/Squall combo of KH.

      • MaximDualBlade

        In all honesty I wrote my comment for someone with a username like yours to come and write what you wrote XD

        I know they will put her on KH3 along with Noctis. I have high hopes for Noctis character development in Versus.
        That doesn’t change the fact that I don’t want to see her in a game ever again.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          It’s 15 not versus.
          Then don’t buy KH3 or anything that has a number of ff character in it.

          • MaximDualBlade

            Oooh, so are you stronger than me? only the strongest can become justice, only justice can create law, and only law can prohibit me from buying anything that has a number of ff character on it.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Wow that made no sense, if you don’t like her that much don’t buy anything she’ll be in from now on which is anything with a number of ff characters and kh3 or a kh spin off

          • MaximDualBlade

            It actually makes sense. I’m just teasing you man. I will buy whatever I want.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Then enjoy her

      • One does not simply remove the Cloud/Squall combo.

        Noct is a much welcomed addition but Light can go chill with Aerith and Yuna.

    • saxophone15

      Your first sentence is your opinion, but the second part of your second sentence is not. You are saying Lightning is being shoved through (down?) your throat. That can’t possibly be true because they are not forcing you to buy anything or to like Lightning.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        How is it up there in the land of denial?
        Who cares if its his opinion or a shared opinion.
        Every “belief” is someones opinion. Everything you saynis someones opinion.
        For everything stems from something someone else said, or has said. There is very little original thought, almost anything you say or think in life has been thought by another, and will continie to be in the future. Even if you emphasize it is ypur own opinion, there are guaranteed innumerable others that think the exact same way. You don’t have to specify that something is or isn’t ones opinion. Anything you say is your opinion unless a cold hard fact. Like LR FF13 sold poorly in Japan is a fact, not my opinion. FF13 as a franchise sucks. It is my opinion, it is not a fact, but I don’t have to clarify it as my “my opinion” by saying so. Take a class in English, all these derps on here that want people to write like we’re in second grade, Wesley exclaimed.

        • Altin

          This surprises me too, sort of. I thought that the narration and storyline was extremely underwhelming, but then again: Different strokes for different folks. You pretty much nailed it.

        • saxophone15

          MaximDualBlade said Lightning is being shoved down his throat. That is not an opinion but a statement.

          If I were to say someone robbed me….would you consider that my opinion? Any logically thinking person wouldn’t. Saying someone robbed me is me saying it’s something that actually happened (it would be me claiming it as fact).

          Back to what MaximDualBlade said. Shoved implies forcefulness. He’s saying SE forcefully imposed Lightning onto him, which would be false.

        • DivinePhoenix69

          Doesn’t mean that it’s a very good one though.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            That there is an opinion of an opinion…

      • MaximDualBlade

        It is all my opinion man.

        Of course you are right, nobody is forcing me to buy her games, but nobody at Square Enix is giving me other options since 2010.

        I’m also talking of final fantasy games, so if you say “you have FFX/X-2 coming next month”, that’s a good point, but we aren’t in next month yet , are we ?

        • saxophone15

          You should have re-worded your second sentence to say something like “I have had enough of waifu Lightning almost being the only thing offered from SE lately” (regarding Final Fantasy related games). That would be an opinion. What you said before wasn’t all opinion (see my post further below explaining why).

          With that said, there’s Final Fantasy XIV, though I’m pretty sure that’s not what you’re looking for…being an mmo. If you can read Japanese, there’s also Type-0 (still patiently waiting for this to be localized one day).

          • MaximDualBlade

            saying “lately” is forcing the term. The game ff13 came in march 2010(International release) and FFX/X-2 comes in march 2014. That’s 4 years of nothing but FF13.

            Yea FF14ARR isn’t what I was looking for and it’s a really different genre, so I don’t want to compare it or count it for my argument. It’s like cars and planes you know. Both take you somewhere, but at different speeds, differences distances, one is more expensive to manage, etc…

            Type-0 will not be localized, keep that idea in mind and you will be surprised.

          • saxophone15

            Yes, lately for me meant the last few years.

            I’m fairly optimistic Type-0 will be localized eventually, even if it takes several more years before it happens. Even if it doesn’t happen, I’ll probably play it in Japanese once I reach a sufficient level in the language.

            Hopefully we will be getting Final Fantasy XV within the next 2 years. I was always more interested in that game even before the original XIII came out.

    • DivinePhoenix69

      Too bad. She’s almost guaranteed to be in KH3. Noctis seems pretty likely to be included as well. Stay salty:).

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Yeah because she’s the only ff character that has shown up in multiple things and has been shoved down our throat and ohh may i remind you she’s the only one who is completely unlikeable

      • Altin

        And according to Waifomu Toriyama she is “teh strongest female character in FF history durr”, which by the way is utter BS.

        I dont like her either and her presence in ARR XIV just proves why I loathe a cameo of her to begin with.

        • greeeed

          you mean you didn’t do her quest in FFXIV?

          • Altin

            I read and saw footage of it and I still loathe that they added her as a cameo instead of basically any other FF character, or any character from the Ivalice Series.

            Thankfully Shantotto is already in XIV.

          • Chiupon

            wow cross promoting with a game you’re releasing I HAD NO IDEA cOMPANIES DID THAT????


          • Altin

            I know, right? Some companies nowadays..

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Ikr the nerve of them promoting two of their games that are brand new like a normal company would.

          • Altin

            Instead of promoting any other game that deserved a cameo basically 13x more than one with a character that is not even the main character until XIII-3.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Yeah because ff 15 is out right now right? And ff 13 and ff 14 weren’t coming out around the same time right right? It’s so crazy to promo games when they are coming out around the same time bracket

          • Altin

            I was not even hinting at Versus XIII. They might as well have promoted one of the older games or maybe X/X-2 HD Remaster for all I care.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            They did, in lightnings game.

          • greeeed
          • Altin

            Meh, that’s really one nice marketing campaign. Barbie Fantasy is all I can say to that.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          It’s probably not she has cloud’s opness you can’t escape that. She definitely has the physical strength

          • Altin

            So do Freya, Beatrix, Tifa, Paine, Terra and many other female characters in other entries.

            I dont want to drag this down to a powerlevel discussion. These are most of the time impossible to properly discuss anyway, I’m just one of the few people that can’t get to like her, that’s all.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Aren’t a few of those mostly magic users? Anyways the word of god is the one that officially decides power levels within a series

            And it is not an unpopular opinion to hate her or her games

          • Altin

            Freya is a Dragoon, Tifa is a Brawler, Paine can..well use Magic Dresspheres too and Terra can Transmute into an Esper. Magic or not, I wouldnt be far off, assuming that at least each of them might wreck her. At least that’s what my kind of “teh strongest ff womyn” would be like.

            Depends on where you are going mate.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I don’t know about that you would have to see each of their stats accordingly to determine or word of god confirms it’s kinda a done deal unless someone wants to work out the time to apply the physics of each character into real life

          • Altin

            And that’s where most powerlevel discussions usually fail, hence me thinking that Toriyama is just in favour of her “crush” without having considered any of the other characters in the franchise.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            If you say so

  • I was going to make a joke about zippers and belt buckles, but…
    > DeviantArt
    I sort of cynically appreciate that Square recognizes Final Fantasy XIII’s audience.

    • (DISCLAIMER: I spent like 5 hours playing FF13 last night. Even after 4 years it looks and sounds great, and the battle system is pretty damn fun! It’s just too bad about the rest of the game.)

    • alixraen

      I do hope you realize that dA encompasses far more than the belt-and-zipper crowd.

      • ThomasTruong

        Indeed. dA shouldn’t be generalized with cliche labels when it also has a wealth of niche fetish comissions and MLP vector recolors. :)

        • alixraen

          I suppose if you wanted to focus on the negative rather than the positive you could say something like that.

          • ThomasTruong

            It’s what they call a jest.

          • alixraen

            and no mention of the Sonic re-colors? For shame –

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      You just mad you can’t look good in a bunch of zippers and belt buckles

      • Day by day, I struggle to live with the shame.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          I’m sorry for you and your lack of style it must hurt a lot.

  • Gael Summers

    Well, I’m throwing my hat in the ring. I wish it was the PS3 version, but I could just buy it if I win anyway.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    They had to add the 1000 dollars so people would enter.

    • LightningFarron19

      I think any kind of reward for a contest usually involved money. I’ve seen the LR contestant entries and they are growing pretty well.

    • ReMeDyIII

      Exactly. Winning the games are wasted on the winners, because they more than likely already own most if not all of them if they’re Lightning fans. The console is fine and all, but what about your save data on your HDD from your prior X360 console? Besides, who would want an X360 console what with the XBox One released?

      • i am entering because:
        1] Tetsuya Nomura could see my work
        2]1000 bucks
        3]opt for 300 bucks instead of xbox.
        4]sell games on my own
        5]will buy ps4

  • cloudcaelum

    Yea 1000$, will enter.

  • Minos

    I would just grab the money and then run as if there is no tomorrow.

  • JustThisOne

    Oh, so it’s your own Lightning costume, in a way? Hmm…

  • Unlimax

    You know for that reason I think Yoichi wada should sign too for … .
    Yup … that’s exactly what i meant !

  • Masa

    now a competition…………..he just cant leave her alone can he……ENOUGH!

    • DyLaN

      Don’t you think you are over reacting?

    • KoRLumen

      … N-Negative upvotes?

      I guess you see something new everyday :

    • Altin

      About 5 people still want to see that fob in new FF games. This is why we can never have good things anymore.

  • Bunzi

    I wonder what they’ll do if they see a design they like enough to use in whatever else Lightning will inevitably find herself starring or cameoing in, and if their fine print will be enough to avoid compensating the artist in any way, shape, or form.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    I wish I knew how to draw :(

  • Ereek

    Current submissions are found here. A lot of them didn’t really follow the directions (must be 2000×550). One or two of them are pretty good, but there’s still a week left.


  • d19xx

    Nomura: “Draw mai waifu contest”

  • starting my entry right now.

  • Raltrios

    1000 hours in paint.


    • alixraen

      Truly a work of genius. May we all bask in the warming glow of this masterpiece, and reflect on how it has blessed our lives so.

      Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

    • new_tradition

      That’s a lot better than what I could do xD

    • Needs more fetish gear

    • NoctX85

      You are really talented

  • Saifer Emmerich

    Next thing ya know they’re gonna be hosting soup kitchen rallies and visiting orphans. Cheap PR stunts all around!

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