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Koichi Ishii
Biographical Information
Date of Birth
July 9, 1964

Koichi Ishii (石井 浩一 Ishii Kōichi?, born July 9, 1964[1]), sometimes credited as Kouichi Ishii,[2] is a video game designer perhaps best known for creating the Mana series (known as Seiken Densetsu in Japan). He joined Square (now Square Enix) in 1987, where he has directed or produced every game released in the Mana series (as of 2006). He has also contributed to several games in Square Enix's SaGa and Final Fantasy series, and created the well-known chocobo and moogle characters.[3]

Ishii was the head of Square Enix's Product Development Division 8[4] but has since left Square Enix after the release of the World of Mana compilation. He formed a new developer Grezzo Games, Inc in April of 2007.[1]


Year Title Role
1987 Final Fantasy planning, battle graphics
1988 Final Fantasy II game design
1989 The Final Fantasy Legend scenario
1990 Final Fantasy III object design
1991 Final Fantasy Adventure director, character design
1993 Secret of Mana director, game design, monster design
1995 Seiken Densetsu 3 director, game design
1997 SaGa Frontier planning
1999 Legend of Mana director
Chocobo Stallion graphics supervisor
2002 Final Fantasy XI director
2003 Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart director
Sword of Mana producer, game design, monster design
2006 Children of Mana producer
Dawn of Mana director, producer
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 graphics, supervisor
2007 Heroes of Mana producer
TBA Line Attack Heroes game design[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 株式会社グレッゾ 社長メッセージ (Japanese). Retrieved on 2009-08-27
  2. Square Co., Ltd.. Final Fantasy Origins. (Square Co., Ltd.). PlayStation. (31 October 2002)
  3. IGN - 97. Koichi Ishii. Retrieved on 2009-08-27
  4. Winkler, Chris (September 20, 2003). RPGFan News - Square Enix Talks Current Status. Retrieved on 2009-08-27
  5. McLaughlin, Rus (June 2, 2009). E3 2009: Hands-On Line Attack Heroes. Retrieved on 2009-08-27

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