Persona 5, NieR: Automata, NiOh, Yakuza Devs and More Discuss the Renaissance of Japanese Games

A charming documentary stars well-known developers from beloved Japanese series as they talk about the resurgence of local games worldwide.

on May 10, 2018 11:36 PM

In the past few years, Japanese games saw a return to critical acclaim, and a chain of releases that charmed not just the usual niche fanbase, but also a much wider audience.

Games like Persona 5, NieR: Automata, NiOh, the Yakuza series, and more reawakened in many the love for the Japanese development culture colored by awesome stories, and complex characters that are often missing or more diluted in the west.

Today the YouTube channel Archipel, which you possibly know for the Toco Toco series of short documentaries/interviews, released a longer-form video titled Ebb and Flow – Conversations on the recent momentum of Japanese games. 

The video features several well-known developers including NieR: Automata‘s Yoko Taro, Yakuza‘s Toshihiro Nagoshi, NiOh‘s Fumihiko Yasuda, Gravity Rush‘s Keiichiro Toyama, Persona 5‘s Katsura Hashino, and more as they explain their views on Japanese development and on the games that charmed the audience worldwide.

You can check it out below. If you want to see more videos by the same team, you can enjoy more of these lovely videos on Yoshitaka AmanoTetsuya MizuguchiSWERYGoichi SudaDaisuke Ishiwatari Keiichiro ToyamaUME, Katsura Hashino, Yoko Taro and Kazutoshi Iida.

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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.