Shinji Hashimoto

Shinji Hashimoto (橋本 真司 Hashimoto Shinji, born May 24, 1958) is a Japanese game producer at Square Enix. He currently serves as the Final Fantasy series Brand Manager, as an Executive Officer at Square Enix[1] and the Head of Square Enix's Business Division 3.[2] He is also the co-creator of the Kingdom Hearts series. He served as corporate executive of the company's 1st Production Department during its entire existence.[3]

Shinji Hashimoto
橋本 真司
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BornMay 24, 1958 (age 60)
NationalityJapanese
OccupationVideo game producer
Years active1995-present
TitleExecutive producer of Square Enix

Biography

Early Work

Hashimoto previously worked for the toy company Bandai.[4] He currently works for Square Enix, which he joined in 1995.[5]

Final Fantasy

He was the promotions producer for Final Fantasy VII.[5] When asked at E3 2008 about the possibility of a remake of Final Fantasy VII, he said that Square Enix is aware fans would like that, and that they are very busy making other titles first.[6] As Final Fantasy X-2 and Kingdom Hearts were being completed, the learning experience the team had during the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII project spawned the Fabula Nova Crystallis series which was supposed to build on it.[7]

Kingdom Hearts

When Square was sharing a building in Tokyo with the Disney corporation, Hashimoto found himself conversing in an elevator with a Disney executive, and there they conceived of a Disney/Square Enix video game eventually called Kingdom Hearts.[8] Hashimoto has stated that the new features in Kingdom Hearts II were the result of the success of the first game and Disney's increased trust in Square Enix to pull off an excellent product.[9]

Other games

While working on Front Mission Evolved, one of the challenges was balancing the speed of the real time battles the wanzers, or mechs, were having so that the game was realistic to the mechs size, but also still fast enough to be engaging.[10]

Priorities

While discussing Final Fantasy XIII, Hashimoto mentioned that Square Enix has been attempting to make localization of their game releases close the release gap between Japan and the rest of the world.[11]

Gameography

As producer

As executive producer

In other positions

  • Kidō Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble (1986): marketing
  • Chrono Trigger (1995): special thanks
  • Super Mario RPG (1996): special thanks
  • Final Fantasy VII (1997): publicity producer
  • Front Mission 2 (1997): project supervisor
  • Parasite Eve II (1999): special advisor
  • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (2004): general manager
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (2003): sales and marketing producer
  • Front Mission 4 (2003): executive manager
  • Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (2003): sales and marketing executive manager
  • Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir (2004): executive manager
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (2005): corporate executive
  • Project Sylpheed (2006): corporate executive
  • Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006): senior vice president
  • Dawn of Mana (2006): special thanks
  • Space Invaders Extreme (2008): general producer
  • The Last Remnant (2008): corporate executive
  • Puzzle Bobble Live (2009): general producer and general manager
  • Qix++ (2009): general producer
  • Final Fantasy VII, Windows PC version (2012): senior executive managing officer
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (2013): special thanks
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (2015): special thanks
  • Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (2015): production executive
  • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (2016): division executive
  • Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (2017) — special thanks

Filmography

  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005): producer
  • Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005): executive producer
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (2005): producer
  • Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016) producer

References

  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Square Enix. 2016.
  2. ^ "第3ビジネス・ディビジョン". Square Enix. 2016.
  3. ^ "「Final Fantasy XIII-2」が2011年発売予定,「Agito」は「Final Fantasy 零式」と名称変更して2011年夏発売。「Square Enix 1st Production Department Premiere」をTwitterで実況". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Aetas, Inc. 2011-01-18. Archived from the original on 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  4. ^ Winkler, Chris (2003-09-29). "Radical Subjects". RPGFan. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  5. ^ a b Gantayat, Anoop (2007-04-23). "Ten Years of FFXIII". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  6. ^ Ihtsham, Usman (2008-07-18). "Whatifgaming E3-'08: Final Fantasy XIII Sit Down With Shinji Hashimoto". Whatifgaming. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  7. ^ Luke Smith (2006-06-07). "FFXIII Interview: Nomura, Kitase, Hashimoto and Toriyama: Compilation of games puts new spin on FF series". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  8. ^ McKinley Noble (2008-01-20). "10 strange facts about the Kingdom Hearts franchise". PC World Australia. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  9. ^ Jeremy Dunham (2005-03-21). "Hashimoto Talks Kingdom Hearts II". IGN. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  10. ^ Charles Husemann (2008-10-19). "Front Mission Evolved Interview". Gaming Nexus. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  11. ^ Shane Bettenhausen (2008-07-16). "E3 2008: One More Final Fantasy XIII Interview". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
Chrono Break

Chrono Break is a cancelled third mainline entry in the Chrono series of video games by Square (now Square Enix). While never officially announced by the company, commentary from Chrono series developers Masato Kato, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and Takashi Tokita have confirmed early plans for the game, alongside a number of trademarks filed in the game's name. However, the game would ultimately go unproduced, with many members of the internal development team either moving on to Final Fantasy XI or leaving the company in favor of freelance work. The game elicited much commentary from the company and the video game press in the following years, though as of 2019, all trademarks had expired, with no announced plans to work on the game.

Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy

Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy is a series of games within the Final Fantasy video game franchise. It was primarily developed by series creator and developer Square Enix, which also acted as publisher for all titles. While featuring various worlds and different characters, each Fabula Nova Crystallis game is ultimately based on and expands upon a common mythos focusing on important crystals tied to deities. The level of connection to the mythos varies between each title. The series title translates from Latin as 'The New Tale of the Crystal'. Each development team was given the freedom to adapt the mythos to fit the context of a game's story.

The series, originally announced in 2006 as Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII, currently consists of seven games across multiple platforms. Final Fantasy XIII, designed as the series' flagship title, was released in 2009. The creative forces behind the series include many developers from previous Final Fantasy titles, including Shinji Hashimoto and Motomu Toriyama. The mythos was conceived and written by Kazushige Nojima. The first games announced for the series were Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XV (as Versus XIII), and Final Fantasy Type-0 (as Agito XIII). All three games went through delays. After Final Fantasy XIII and Type-0's releases, their respective teams used ideas and concepts from development to create additional games. For later games, other studios have been brought in to help with aspects of development. Final Fantasy XV was distanced from the series brand for marketing purposes despite retaining thematic connections.

Seven titles have been released as of 2016. The series is complemented by works in related media, including companion books, novelizations, and manga. Final Fantasy XV notably expanded into a multimedia project, spawning a feature film and an original animated webseries. Individual games have generally received a positive reception, although opinions have been more mixed over various aspects of the three Final Fantasy XIII games. Reception of the mythos' use in the released games has also been mixed: while some critics called it confusing or too similar to the lore of the main series, others were impressed by its scope and use. Retrospective opinions on the series have also been mixed.

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square as the tenth entry in the Final Fantasy series. Originally released in 2001 for Sony's PlayStation 2, the game was re-released as Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in 2013, for PlayStation 4 in 2015, Microsoft Windows in 2016, and will be released for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in 2019. The game marks the Final Fantasy series transition from entirely pre-rendered backdrops to fully three-dimensional areas, and is also the first in the series to feature voice acting. Final Fantasy X replaces the Active Time Battle (ATB) system with the "Conditional Turn-Based Battle" (CTB) system, and uses a new leveling system called the "Sphere Grid".

Set in the fantasy world of Spira, a setting influenced by the South Pacific, Thailand and Japan, the game's story revolves around a group of adventurers and their quest to defeat a rampaging monster known as Sin. The player character is Tidus, a star athlete in the fictional sport of blitzball, who finds himself in the world Spira after his home city of Zanarkand is destroyed by Sin. Shortly after arriving to Spira, Tidus joins the summoner Yuna on her pilgrimage to destroy Sin.

Development of Final Fantasy X began in 1999, with a budget of more than US$32.3 million (US$48.6 million in 2018 dollars) and a team of more than 100 people. The game was the first in the main series not entirely scored by Nobuo Uematsu; Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano were signed as Uematsu's fellow composers. Final Fantasy X was both a critical and commercial success, selling over 8 million units worldwide on PlayStation 2. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. On March 3, 2003, it was followed by Final Fantasy X-2, making it the first Final Fantasy game to have a direct game sequel.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a high-definition remaster of the role-playing video games Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, originally developed by Square (now Square Enix) on the PlayStation 2 in the early 2000s. It also features story content previously only found in the International versions, and a new audio drama set a year after the events of X-2. The collection saw graphical and musical revisions and is based on the international versions of both games, making certain content accessible to players outside of Japan for the first time.

The Chinese studio Virtuos handled large parts of its development, while Square Enix assisted the process and published the collection. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in Japan in December 2013 and worldwide in March 2014, for the PlayStation 4 in May 2015, for Microsoft Windows in May 2016, and will be released for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in April 2019. The collection sold favorably, and received positive reviews. Many critics praised the graphical upgrade and the chance to play through the games on the new platforms. The collection did receive criticism for a few minor upgrade faults and uneven quality between the two, while some of the collection's added content drew mixed opinions.

Gamon Kaai

Gamon Kaai (河相 我聞, Kaai Gamon, born May 24, 1975, in Warabi, Saitama, and moved to Ōmiya (now Saitama), Saitama Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actor and tarento represented by Kabushikigaisha Gamon and 365.

Kaai's surname is often pronounced as "Kawai."

Hiroyuki Ito

Hiroyuki Ito (伊藤 裕之, Itō Hiroyuki), is a Japanese game producer, director and designer who works for Square Enix. He is known as the director of Final Fantasy VI (1994), Final Fantasy IX (2000) and Final Fantasy XII (2006) and as the creator of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system in the Final Fantasy series.

Japan Expo

Japan Expo is a convention on Japanese popular culture—the largest of its kind in the world outside Japan—taking place in Paris, France, although it has branched out into a partnership festival Kultima and expanded to include some European and US pop culture as well. It is held yearly at the beginning of July for four days (usually from Thursday to Sunday) in the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte (the second-largest convention center in France). The attendance has increased steadily over the years, with 3,200 visitors welcomed in the first edition in 1999 and more than 250,000 for the 2016 edition.

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts (Japanese: キングダム ハーツ, Hepburn: Kingudamu Hātsu) is a series of action role-playing games developed and published by Square Enix (originally by Square). It is a collaboration between Disney Interactive and Square Enix, and is under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, a longtime Square Enix character designer.

Kingdom Hearts is a crossover of various Disney properties based in a fictional universe. The series centers on the main character, Sora, and his journey and experiences with various Disney, Final Fantasy, The World Ends with You and Pixar characters. The heroes of the series clash against the multiple incarnations of the primary antagonist, Xehanort, throughout the series. The Walt Disney Company owns almost all characters and worlds of the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

The series consists of thirteen games available for multiple platforms, and future titles are planned. Most of the games in the series have been positively received and commercially successful. As of February 2019, the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped more than 30 million copies worldwide. A wide variety of related merchandise has been released along with the games, including soundtracks, figurines, companion books, light novels, cards, and comic series.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is an HD remastered collection of three games in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series: Kingdom Hearts II, Birth by Sleep, and Re:coded. A successor to the series' HD 1.5 Remix collection, it was released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive in Japan on October 2014 and internationally two months later.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix includes Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix in high definition and with trophy support. Additionally, the collection features a cinematic remake of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded that features remastered cutscenes from the original game as well as new content. A third collection, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, was released in 2017. 2.5 Remix was re-released along with 1.5 Remix on the PlayStation 4 in March 2017.

Kingdom Hearts II

Kingdom Hearts II (Japanese: キングダムハーツII, Hepburn: Kingudamu Hātsu Tsū) is a 2005 action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The game is a sequel to Kingdom Hearts, and like the original game, combines characters and settings from Disney films with those of Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. The game's popularity has resulted in a novel and manga series based upon it and a Japan-exclusive re-released version of the game featuring extra content, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, released in March 2007.

Kingdom Hearts II is the third game in the Kingdom Hearts series. It picks up one year after the events of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Sora, the protagonist of the first two games, returns to search for his lost friends while battling the sinister Organization XIII, a group of antagonists previously introduced in Chain of Memories. Like the previous games, Kingdom Hearts II features a large cast of characters from Disney films and Final Fantasy games.

The game was critically acclaimed and earned year-end awards from numerous video gaming websites. In Japan, it shipped more than one million copies within a week of its release. One month after its North American release, it had sold over one million copies and was the second best-selling game of 2006. By April 2007, the game had shipped over four million copies worldwide. The game has been included by gaming publications in lists of the greatest video games of all time.The Final Mix version of the game was re-mastered in high definition and released globally in 2014 as a part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix collection for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Komazawa University

Komazawa University (駒沢大學, Komazawa Daigaku) abbreviated as 駒大 Komadai is one of the oldest universities in Japan. Its history starts in 1592, when a seminary was established to be a center of learning for the young monks of the Sōtō sect, one of the two main Zen Buddhist traditions in Japan.

The university in Tokyo campus comprises eight faculties and 22 departments with a total of around 16,000 students. Also for students who wish to pursue advanced studies, each department has a graduate school except the Department of Radiological Sciences. It also has seven research institutes and a Museum of Zen Buddhist Culture.

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Shinji

Shinji (しんじ, シンジ) is a common masculine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:

Shinji Aoyama (真治), a Japanese film director

Shinji Aramaki (伸志), a Japanese anime director and mechanical designer

Shinji Hashimoto, a Japanese game producer

Shinji Harada, a Japanese pop music artist

Shinji Higuchi (真嗣), a Japanese storyboard artist

Shinji Hosoe (慎治), a Japanese composer

Shinji Hosokawa (伸二), a Japanese judoka

Shinji Inoue (信治), a Japanese politician

Shinji Kagawa (真司), a Japanese football player

Shinji Kajio (真治), a Japanese author of science fiction and fantasy

Shinji Kawada (紳司), a Japanese voice actor

Shinji Kazama, a Japanese motorcyclist

Shinji Kobayashi (小林 伸二, born 1960), Japanese footballer and manager

Shinji Maejima (信次), a Japanese Orientalist

Shinji Maki (伸二), a Japanese comedian

Shinji Mikami (真司), a Japanese video game designer

Shinji Mizui, a Japanese musician

Shinji Mizushima (新司), a Japanese manga artist

Shinji Miyadai (真司), a Japanese sociologist

Shinji Miyazaki, a Japanese composer/arranger

Shinji Mori (慎二), a Japanese baseball pitcher

Shinji Morisue (慎二), a Japanese gymnast and tarento

Shinji Nakae (真司), a Japanese voice actor

Shinji Nakano (信治), a Japanese racing driver

Shinji Ogura (小倉 新司, born 1944), Japanese long jumper

Shinji Okazaki (慎司), a Japanese football player

Shinji Ono (伸二), a Japanese football player

Shinji Orito (伸治), a Japanese musical composer

Shinji Shimoyama (下山 真二, born 1975), Japanese baseball player

Shinji Takahashi (disambiguation)

Shinji Takamatsu, anime director for Gin Tama

Shinji Takao (紳路), a Japanese professional Go player

Shinji Takeda (真治), a Japanese actor and saxophonist

Shinji Takehara (慎二), a Japanese professional boxer

Shinji Takahira (慎士), a Japanese sprinter

Shinji Tanimura (新司), a Japanese singer-songwriter

Shinji Tominari (冨成 慎司, born 1987), Japanese footballer

Shinji Tsujio (真二), a Japanese football player

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, a Japanese environmental artist

Shinji Udaka (伸次), a Japanese baseball player

Shinji Wada (慎二), a Japanese manga artist

Shinji Yamamoto (disambiguation), multiple people

Square Enix

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others. Several of them have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the Final Fantasy franchise alone selling over 115 million. The Square Enix headquarters are in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The company employs over 4300 employees worldwide.

The original Square Enix Co., Ltd. was formed as the result of a merger between Enix Corporation and Square Co., Ltd. in April 2003, with Enix as the surviving company. Each share of Square's common stock was exchanged for 0.85 shares of Enix's common stock. At the time, 80% of Square Enix staff were made up of former Square employees. As part of the merger, former Square president Yoichi Wada was appointed president of the new corporation, while former Enix president Keiji Honda was named its vice president, and the founder of Enix, Yasuhiro Fukushima, the largest shareholder of the combined corporation, became its honorary chairman.

In October 2008, Square Enix conducted a company split between its corporate business and video game operations. Square Enix re-branded itself as Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., a holding company, while its internally domestic video game operations were formed as a new subsidiary called Square Enix Co., Ltd. During the 2014 fiscal year, the company made over ¥150 billion in revenue (US$1.36 billion).In addition to its flagship subsidiary, Square Enix Holdings owns the arcade gaming corporation Taito, known for games such as Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, and Darius. Square Enix also owned British game publisher Eidos Interactive, which was absorbed into Square Enix Europe in order to publish Eidos Interactive titles such as Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Hitman under the Square Enix brand.

Tetsuya Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也, Nomura Tetsuya, born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game artist, designer and director working for Square Enix (formerly Square). He designed characters for the Final Fantasy series, debuting with Final Fantasy VI and continuing with various later installments. Additionally, Nomura has helmed the development of the Kingdom Hearts series since its debut in 2002 and was also the director for the CGI film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

The Bouncer (video game)

The Bouncer (Japanese: バウンサー, Hepburn: Baunsā) is a 2000 beat 'em up video game for the PlayStation 2 co-developed by Squaresoft and DreamFactory. It was published in Japan by Squaresoft in December 2000, in North America by Square Electronic Arts in March 2001, and in Europe by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in June 2001. The game was produced by Shinji Hashimoto, co-directed by Takashi Tokita and Seiichi Ishii, and features character designs by Tetsuya Nomura, and music by Noriko Matsueda and Takahito Eguchi.

The game tells the story of three bouncers in the fictional city of Edge on a rescue mission to save their young friend from the Mikado Group, a solar technology megacorporation owned by the megalomaniacal Dauragon C. Mikado. The game is structured like a "playable action movie," with the plot unfolding differently depending on which character the player chooses for specific gameplay sequences.The Bouncer was Square's first game on the PlayStation 2, and although it received considerable press coverage before its release, and was greatly anticipated as one of the marquee titles in the first batch of PS2 games, it was met with poor sales and mixed reviews.

Tidus

Tidus (Japanese: ティーダ, Hepburn: Tīda) is a fictional video game character in Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. He was introduced as the protagonist of the role-playing video game, Final Fantasy X, in 2001 as a 17-year-old expert in the fictional sport of blitzball from the city of Zanarkand. After a mysterious creature named Sin attacks his hometown, Tidus is apparently transported to the world of Spira. Shortly after his arrival he meets Yuna, a new summoner, and her guardians. The summoner will soon set out on a pilgrimage to destroy the creature which attacked Tidus' city; by joining them, Tidus hopes to find his way home. He has appeared in other video games, including the Final Fantasy X sequel Final Fantasy X-2, the Kingdom Hearts series, and several Square Enix crossover games.

Tidus was designed by Tetsuya Nomura with a cheerful appearance, in contrast to previous Final Fantasy protagonists. Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima wanted to expand the relationship between player and character with monologues describing the game's setting. Tidus is voiced primarily by Masakazu Morita in Japanese and James Arnold Taylor in English. Both actors enjoyed voicing the character, and Morita also performed his motion capture.

He has been generally well received by video-game critics. Tidus' cheerful personality and heroic traits make him an appealing protagonist, contrasting with previous male characters in the franchise. His character development and romantic relationship with Yuna are considered among the best in video games, although reviewers and fans were divided on Taylor's voicing. Tidus has been popular with fans, often ranking as one of the best Final Fantasy characters in polls. Action figures and Tidus-related jewelry have been produced, and he is a popular cosplay character.

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