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Motomu Toriyama.

Motomu Toriyama (鳥山 求, 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 directing with Final Fantasy X and has continued 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 seriesEdit

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 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]
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015) 2015 Special Thanks
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV 2016 Special Thanks[11]

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