Watch SaGa Series Illustrator Tomomi Kobayashi Work Her Magic On Porcelain Plates

By Sato . March 17, 2014 . 2:31pm

Earlier last month, Square Enix revealed a collaboration project with the SaGa franchise and Saga prefecture of Japan, with an event called “Romancing Saga”. The event, which ended today, celebrated the culture of Saga with a Romancing Saga twist. Famitsu gives us a peek at what was showcased.



As previously reported, the Romancing Saga event featured “Arita-yaki” porcelain plates (a form of art that has been native to the Saga prefecture for over 400 years), with illustrations from the SaGa series illustrator Tomomi Kobayashi. The above video shows Kobayashi working her magic, along with series creator Akitoshi Kawazu and producer Masanori Ichikawa.


Here’s a is a look at the grand 62cm (24 inch) plate, which will likely be at the event just for show, or available at a premium price.


These mid-sized palates with characters from The Final Fantasy Legend and Romancing SaGa 3 measure 24cm (9 inches,) and cost 9,450 yen each.


The small plates feature the likes of Albert from Romancing SaGa and Gellard from Romancing SaGa 2 stand at 15cm (6 inches) and went for for 2,100 yen.


Additionally, at the event were the above set of 10 small 12cm (4.7 inches) plates, featuring characters spanning across the entire SaGa series as part of its 25th anniversary collector’s item.


The Romancing Saga event took place at the “Romancing Saga Lounge” in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills Café from March 13 to 16. At the event a talk show with Square Enix executive producer Akitoshi Kawazu and others was hosted as well.

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  • new_tradition

    That precision with a paint brush *_*

    Especially considering it was a large scale dish. Maybe it’s just me, but when I did a few art classes in high school, it was easier to work on smaller paintings than ones on larger canvases.

    • Yes, as an artist I can say that larger the canvas/paper/plate/etc. the harder it is to control the details of the piece whilst a smaller medium makes it easier for our eyes to see what we’re doing.
      That’s said, it makes me appreciate her artwork even more when I think about it.

    • Can’t imagine what you’d feel like if you mess up a nano-stroke midway.

  • Dat art, dat fluidity, dat nostalgia.
    I think I know now what my tableware is going to have to be. (*¬*)
    The 12 cm plates look like they’d make fabulous tea/coffee saucers.

  • Your Face

    Tomomi Kobayashi is my favorite artist in video games. Here’s hoping she gets a chance to helm the character designs of a new SE game.

  • Juliano C

    Awesome *.*

  • This is art.

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