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Tetsuya Nomura (born October 8, 1970 in Kochi, Japan) is a Japanese video game director and character designer employed by Square Enix. He is best known for being the creator and director of the Kingdom Hearts series.
Tetsuya Nomura started out as a monster designer for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI. He first gained attention when he became the lead character designer for Final Fantasy VII and its related titles in Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Nomura would later go on to design the characters for Final Fantasy VIII as well as Final Fantasy X before the first Kingdom Hearts title.
In the Kingdom Hearts series, most of the Final Fantasy characters are ones that were strictly designed by Nomura, meaning that a majority of the characters are from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy X. Others, such as Setzer Gabbiani (Final Fantasy VI) and Vivi Ornitier (Final Fantasy IX), were not designed by Nomura, but they would make their Kingdom Hearts series debut in Kingdom Hearts II after Nomura's staff pressured him to include them.
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