Koji Igarashi

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Koji Igarashi
Koji Igarashi at the Game Developers Conference in 2007.
Born (1968-03-17) March 17, 1968 (age 48)
Occupation Businessman
Known for Castlevania

Koji Igarashi (五十嵐 孝司 Igarashi Kōji?), also known by the nickname IGA, is a video game designer and producer. He is best known as the assistant director of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, his first major involvement in the Castlevania series. He served as producer on the series between Castlevania Chronicles and 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.


After graduating from college, Igarashi sought employment in the video game industry. He was 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] On May 11, 2015 Igarashi launched a Kickstarter campaign for his new project Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to his Metroidvania style of Castlevania. The project was funded just hours after its opening.


He is credited as IGA, except where noted.


  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. ^ Wearejustgamers.com Retrieved on 20 June 2015.
  10. ^ Igarashi, Koji. "Leedmees Facebook Page Comment". Retrieved 7 September 2011. 

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