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Motomu Toriyama.

Motomu Toriyama (鳥山 求 or 鳥山 モトム, Toriyama Motomu?) is a Japanese game director and scenario writer who has been working for Square Enix since 1994. He initially worked on event scenes in Bahamut Lagoon and Final Fantasy VII. Toriyama started codirecting with Final Fantasy X, and continued as main director with Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

He is a member of Square Enix's Business Division 1[1] and the Final Fantasy Committee.[2]


Motomu Toriyama joined Square in 1994. At the time, Square was on the process of creating Final Fantasy VII. Toriyama was placed under the authority of Yoshinori Kitase, who decided Toriyama's role as event planner for the early parts of that game. Toriyama wrote and directed many of the scenes revolving around Cloud Strife and Aerith Gainsborough. He tried to make Aerith an important character to the player to maximize the impact of her death.[3]

Works within the series[]

Game Release Toriyama's credit(s)
Final Fantasy VII 1997 Event Planner, Submarine Chase Section Planner[4]
Final Fantasy X 2001 Director (Event), Scenario Writer (with Kazushige Nojima and Daisuke Watanabe)
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 Director
Final Fantasy VII Technical Demo for PS3 2005 Director
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings 2007 Director, Scenario Writer, Event Direction
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King 2008 Scenario Writer
Dissidia Final Fantasy 2008 Scenario Supervisor
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord 2009 Scenario Director
Final Fantasy XIII 2009 Director, Scenario Designer, Lyrics[5]
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy 2011 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2011 Director, Lyrics[6]
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013 Scenario Writer for the Lightning Strikes event[7]
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2013 Director, Lyrics[8]
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2013 Supervisor[9]
Mobius Final Fantasy 2015 Director[10][11], Lyrics
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 2015 Special Thanks
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV 2016 Special Thanks[12]
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
(Patch 3.56)
2017 Special Thanks[13]
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood 2017 Special Thanks[14]
Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary 2017 Scenario Supervisor
Final Fantasy VII Remake 2020 Co-director (Scenario Design),[15] Original Lyrics
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius 2020 Special Thanks
Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier 2021 Supervisory Support
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis 2023 Director
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth 2024 Co-director (Scenario Design), Original Lyrics

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