Koji Igarashi

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Koji Igarashi
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Koji Igarashi at the Game Developers Conference in 2007.
Born (1968-03-15) March 15, 1968 (age 46)
Fukushima, Japan
Occupation Video game designer
Known for Castlevania

Koji Igarashi (五十嵐 孝司 Igarashi Kōji?), also known simply by the nickname IGA, is a video game designer and former producer of the Castlevania video game series. He is best known as the assistant director of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, his first major involvement in the Castlevania series (he was partially involved in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and is listed under "Special Thanks" in the ending credits). He served as producer between Castlevania Chronicles and up until Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. He has been involved in other titles such as the Japan-only RPG Elder Gate and Nano Breaker and the dating sim Tokimeki Memorial.

Career[edit]

After graduating from college, Igarashi sought employment in the video game industry. He interviewed at a company, but an argument with its Human Resources department prevented him securing a job. A mentor of Igarashi then suggested he work at Konami, where the mentor worked. Igarashi passed the application exam, but lacked the university credits to work full-time. He worked part-time at Konami for a year while he attended school. In 1990, Igarashi switched to a full-time capacity. His first project was a simulation game for the Educational Software department. The title, however, was never released. Igarashi's first game to be released was Detana! Twinbee.[1] Igarashi informed his boss that he had no desire to work on a sequel to Tokimeki Memorial, and requested a departmental transfer. The strong sales of the game prompted his boss to agree, and Igarashi asked to join the Castlevania development team.[2] He left Konami in 2014 to form his own studio. [3]

Works[edit]

He is credited as IGA, except where noted.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheffield, Brandon (2005-08-15). "Whip Smart: Konami's Koji Igarashi On Mastering Castlevania". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ Szczepaniak, John. "Before They Were Famouos". Retro Gamer (Imagine Publishing) (35): 75. 
  3. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (17 March 2014). "Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi leaves Konami". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ VGMuseum.com: Ending for Detana!! TwinBee. Retrieved on 16 July 2007.
  5. ^ VGMuseum.com: Ending for Gradius II. Retrieved on 16 July 2007.
  6. ^ Tokimeki Memorial credits. Retrieved on 16 July 2007.
  7. ^ Mr. P's Castlevania Realm: Credit list. Retrieved on 18 May 2009.
  8. ^ VGMuseum.com: Ending for Castlevania Chronicles. Retrieved on 28 March 2008.
  9. ^ Igarashi, Koji. "Leedmees Facebook Page Comment". Retrieved 7 September 2011. 

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