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RPGFan Exclusive Interview Series: 2005 Edition
Conducted and Translated by Chris Winkler

Some readers might still remember our Creator's Talk feature. Two years ago, we brought you translations of five interviews with some of Japan's most distinguished RPG developers. Due to the positive reception the feature received back then, we thought that it was time to bring you another one. This time however, we have to pleasure to present you completely exclusive interviews with some of the greatest minds behind popular Japanese RPGs. Our feature will start off with an interview with Level 5 president Akihiro Hino, followed by Shadow Hearts developers Nautilus, Nippon Ichi Software president Kouichi Kitazumi, Sega's Shining Force project manager Tadashi Takezaki, RED Entertainment president Ouji Hiroi as well as renowned composers Hitoshi Sakimoto and Kenji Itou.

Key figures behind such critically acclaimed titles as Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Dark Cloud 2, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the SaGa series, Tengai Makyou, Sakura Taisen and Final Fantasy Tactics granted RPGFan exclusive interviews to talk about their current projects and plans for the future. This feature will contain the comprehensive translations of the following interviews. All of the interviews were conducted by Chief News Editor Chris Winkler in Japanese and then translated into English.

Interviews
Akihiro Hino - President, LEVEL-5
Nautilus, Aruze Consumer Game Division
Kouichi Kitazumi - President, Nippon Ichi Software
Hitoshi Sakimoto - Composer, Basiscape
Kenji Itou - Composer
Tadashi Takezaki - Shining Force Project Manager, Sega
Yoshinori Sasaki - Producer, Ys: The Ark of Napishtim, Konami Digital Entertainment
Ouji Hiroi - President, RED Entertainment





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