Koichi Ishii (石井 浩一, Ishii Kōichi?), born July 9, 1964, sometimes credited as Kouichi Ishii, is a video game designer, director, and former employee of Squaresoft and Square Enix, where he served as head of the company's Product Development Division-8.
Though best known as the creator of the Mana series, Ishii was involved with the company's earlier Final Fantasy titles since the very first game, where he served as planner and provided battle graphics. He would later go on to serve as director and character designer on the first game of his own brainchild series, Seiken Densetsu (originally released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure), which would be followed up by such games as Secret of Mana and Legend of Mana. Between 2002 and 2003, he would act as director of Final Fantasy XI.
Ishii left Square Enix in April 2007 to start his own game development company, Grezzo Games, Inc.
Gameography[edit | edit source]
|Final Fantasy||Planner, Battle Graphics|
|Final Fantasy II||Game Design|
|Final Fantasy Legend||Scenario|
|Final Fantasy III||Object Design|
|Final Fantasy Adventure||Director, Character Design|
|Chocobo Stallion||Graphic Supervisor|
|Final Fantasy XI||Director|