Nomura was born on October 8, 1970 in Kochi Prefecture, located on the Shikoku island. During his younger days, Nomura took up a job as an art creator for advertisements in an occupational school. Soon in the 1990s, Square Enix discovered his talent in art creation and employed him to design monstrous characters for ‘Final Fantasy V’.
Later on, he was promoted to become a graphic animation director and junior character developer for the following Final Fantasy series. The peak of his success began in 1995 when Square Enix offered him a place as the character developer for Final Fantasy VII, and the series turned out to be a tremendous achievement and became a gaming phenomenon for PlayStation.
In 1997, Nomura made a comeback by developing characters for Final Fantasy VIII, which attained yet another huge success in the video game industry. From there, he was requested to be involved in other major tasks such as creation of characters for Ehrgeiz and Parasite Eve that were to be included in PlayStation.
When PlayStation 2 was introduced, he helped design characters for the first ever PlayStation 2 game, The Bouncer, and then went back to creating characters for some other Final Fantasy series, up to Final Fantasy XI.
After many years of being pro-active in character designing for highly successful video games, he directed the animated movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children that entered the screens of Japan in September 2005 and the screens of North America in April 2006.
That was officially his first film ever to be created. He even took up the role of a songwriter where he wrote lyrics to almost all the songs for the soundtrack. The film achieved huge success and was well received by the public.
In 2002, he was awarded the ‘Excellence In Visual Arts’ award and the ‘Game Developers Choice Award’, and in 2006, he was recognized as the ‘Best Creator’.
For the moment, he is actively involved in character designing and directing for more of the Final Fantasy series that are to be included in the all-new PlayStation Portable, also known as PSP.
He is also taking up the same roles for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts series, and will be going back to working on Nintendo games like Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Being a character developer cum director of the most acclaimed animated series of video games, particularly Final Fantasy, Nomura has been a great influence to many in the world of character animation.
He has grabbed the attention of video game lovers and fans of 3D animated series with his skills, creativity and talent. One would be mesmerized by his amazing contributions to the video game and animation industry. We are very proud of him and wish him continuous success.
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (English Trailer)
If you would like to see more of his amazing masterpieces and make your purchase of video games and DVDs, please visit the official website for Square Enix, and if you would like to know a little bit more about the man himself, do visit this fan site that was specially dedicated to him.
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy X-2