Acclaimer Composer Nobuo Uematsu, best known for his work on Final Fantasy games and on a lot of other (mostly JRPG) franchises, wrote a picture book titled Blik-0 1946, a story about friendship and emotions illustrated by Hiroki Ogawa.
What’s even more interesting is that we’re going to be able to enjoy it in English thanks to an e-book release by Acttil, that will be published in August for $9.99. As a bonus it will also include three tracks composed by Uematsu-san himself, that commented:
I wanted readers to recognize the happiness you can find in everyday life, which you often ignore because they are too close to you, and the importance of kindness and respect to others.
Here are the official description:
Blik-0 1946 is a story about a robot named “Blik-0,” created by a reputable artificial intelligence scientist, Dr. Mabuse. Blik-0 is a robot built with functions that let him emulate the human heart and brain. As he experiences life the way humans do, he starts to struggle with feelings and emotions like sadness, heartache, anger, and love.
The original music
Written by Nobuo Uematsu featured in the story are “Blik-0 1946,” “Ah, But Why?,” and “So Close.” Readers can have these expressive and thematic tracks play while they read the story to enhance their experience.
Below you can see a gallery with the cover and a few of the illustrations created for the book. One thing is for sure, Uematsu-san’s fans are in for a treat.