Keita Takahashi(高橋 慶太,Takahashi Keita?, born 1975) is a game director, his most notable titles being Katamari Damacy and its sequel, We Love Katamari. The original Katamari game was a surprise hit and was praised for its quirkiness, originality, and charm. He is married to Asuka Sakai.
Takahashi has stated in numerous interviews that he had no desire for Katamari to be touted as innovative or creative – he simply set out to bring the concept of simple, silly fun back into video gaming.
Takahashi has named the following sources as inspiration for his Katamari games:
In an interview, Takahashi announced that he hopes to eventually move on from video games, with an ambition of designing a playground for children. On Wednesday 28 October 2009, Nottingham City Council announced during the Gamecity festival that Keita Takahashi is spending a month in the city working on designs for the play area at Woodthorpe Grange. In 2012, Takahashi revealed to an audience that the Nottingham project had been indefinitely postponed, due to budget concerns. He and his wife, the composer Asuka Sakai, formed the company uvula in October 2010 to support his freelance game design career, as well as his playground designs.
In July 2011, it was announced that he was joining Tiny Speck's Vancouver team, working on Glitch.