Koji Igarashi

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Koji Igarashi
Igarashi in 2007
Born (1968-03-17) March 17, 1968 (age 49)
Occupation Video game producer, designer
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 the co-founder and CEO of the video game company Artplay.[4][5] Artplay is a mobile games company. Igarashi is allowed to work on console games, but he has to find funding for those games himself.[6]


He is credited as IGA, except where noted.


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