Today Marvelous Entertainment and Honey Parade Games reached out with a press release concerning the future of Senran Kagura “Big Boobs Producer” Kenichiro Takaki.
The announcement included a message by Takaki-san himself, mentioning that he is quitting the company and game development. He mentions that for the past 15 years he has been actively trying to make interesting games after finally entered the industry that he had dreamed of. Yet, it was a cruel world, and regardless of whether the quality of his work was good or bad, it went unnoticed and passed by without any praise.
Yet, it felt good when he managed to create games that people loved like Senran Kagura, Valkyrie Drive, Uppers, Half-Minute Hero, and more. Conversely, there might have been games that weren’t fun, and for that Takaki-san apologizes. Yet, he is thankful even to those who sent verbal abuse for noticing and playing his games.
Unfortunately, now he is a bit tired. The feeling of “I want to create this” has become “I have to create this.” Deadlines, decisions, hurdles, and budgets have come with a managerial role that interfered with his creative job.
His physical strength is also declining, and he feels that his ideas are getting old. This combines with the fact that he had a daughter, and that involves parental responsibilities, reducing his time to play games. His left, his parents got old, and he started drinking. As a result, he has been thinking about what he should do, and he hasn’t found an answer yet.
Yet, in order to find that answer, he decided to quit the game development industry in order to bring order to his life. From now on, he will help connecting games and gamers as a game store clerk. He has found a job at the Trader 3 store in Akihabara, Tokyo.
He cannot completely leave the gaming scene, but although that’s a selfish decision, he will enter a period of indefinite hiatus. The message ends with heartfelt thanks to the fans, and “until we meet again,” signed “Former Big Boobs Producer Kenichiro Takaki.”
In case you’re wondering, it’s already April 1st in Japan. So don’t worry. Takaki-san isn’t really quitting. That being said, this is quite funny. Below you can see a few pictures of Takaki-san actually taken at Trader 3 in Akihabara (which incidentally is the store where I bought my Collector’s Edition of Valkyria Chronicles 4 a few days ago).
If you want to hear something (a bit) more serious from him, you can check out our latest interview.