Kazushige Nojima

Kazushige Nojima (野島 一成, Nojima Kazushige, born January 20, 1964 in Sapporo) is a Japanese video game writer and is the founder of Stellavista Ltd. He is best known for writing several installments of Square Enix's Final Fantasy video game series—namely Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and the Kingdom Hearts series.[1] Nojima also wrote the original lyrics of Liberi Fatali for Final Fantasy VIII and both Suteki da Ne and the Hymn of the Fayth for Final Fantasy X.

Biography

Kazushige Nojima first joined Japanese video game developer and publisher Data East.[2]

Square Co.

He joined Square in 1994. He began work on Final Fantasy VII after the main character settings were done, though Nojima considered this early in the process; he was still working on Bahamut Lagoon.[3] Nojima originated the idea that one of the two female leads, Tifa or Aerith, should die.[3]

Nojima also wrote the mythology of Fabula Nova Crystallis, which has been used as the story foundation for all the titles within the series.[4] Nojima also wrote most of the Kingdom Hearts games.[5] He also wrote the scenario for Final Fantasy XV (Previously known as Versus XIII).[4]

Freelance

Kazushige Nojima left Square Enix in 2003 and founded Stellavista Ltd, a freelance scenario company.[6] He wrote the story for Sakura Note.[5] He also contributed some story concepts to the script of Final Fantasy XIII.[6] While developing the scenario for Glory of Heracles, Nojima took inspiration from the Fall of Troy and the Battle of Thermopylae.[7] Not many actual Greek locations were used, but locations derived from Greek mythology were.[7]

In 2011 Enterbrain announced on its Famitsu resource that a short anime and audio drama, based on a novel written by Kazushige Nojima, will be streamed with a name Busō Chūgakusei Basket Army (Armed Middle School Student Basket Army).[1][8][9]

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