Akihiro Hino

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Akihiro Hino
Akihiro Hino, Nintendo event 2015 2.jpg
Hino at a signing event in 2015
Native name 日野 晃博
Born (1968-07-20) July 20, 1968 (age 48)
Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Game designer, game producer, scriptwriter
Notable work Dark Cloud series
Professor Layton series
Title President and CEO of Level-5 Inc.
Term 1996–present

Akihiro Hino (日野 晃博 Hino Akihiro?) (born July 20, 1968 in Ōmuta, Fukuoka) is the president and CEO of the Japanese video game developer Level-5.


Prior to founding Level-5 in October 1998,[1] Hino began his career in the video game industry in the early 90s at the now defunct Japanese developer Riverhillsoft, specifically on the OverBlood series for the original PlayStation. Hino acted as the lead programmer on the first OverBlood, and was subsequently promoted to lead designer and director for the sequel, OverBlood 2.

Since the creation of Level-5, Hino has designed, planned and produced all five of the studio's released titles, Dark Cloud, Dark Chronicle and Rogue Galaxy for the PlayStation 2, Jeanne d'Arc for the PlayStation Portable, and Professor Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS. He also directed Square Enix's Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the PlayStation 2.

Recently, Hino once again assumed designing and producing duties for Level-5's titles, White Knight Chronicles for the PlayStation 3, and the next two Professor Layton games – the Diabolical Box and the Unwound Future, both for the Nintendo DS, and Inazuma Eleven for the Nintendo DS, and Dragon Quest IX, also for the DS, which is his studio's second collaboration with role-playing video game powerhouse Square Enix.



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  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (2017) - Story, General Director


  1. ^ Winkler, Chris (2003). "Creator's Talk Interview #2: Akihiro Hino". RPGFan.com. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 

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