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"Another thing that bothered me was the trend of the main character always being portrayed as someone special -- a legendary warrior, for example. It was the equivalent of saying you can't succeed unless you're from a wealthy family, and I just couldn't stand that. I wasn't born with special genes, and I'm sure most other players weren't either. No matter who you are, if you're given a chance and have the guts to try your best, you can become a hero... That became the concept of Megami Tensei."
—Kaneko Kazuma

Kazuma Kaneko (金子一馬, Kaneko Kazuma) is a Japanese illustrator and employee of Atlus. While working for the same company, he has also done work for Capcom and Konami, designing characters for the video games Devil May Cry 3 and Zone of the Enders 2, respectively. He also illustrates covers for several novels such as The Case of the Dragon Slayer. He is however, undoubtedly, best known for his work in the Megami Tensei series.

Kaneko's favorite demon in the series is Take-Minakata.

CreditsEdit

Below is a list of works within the series associated with Kazuma Kaneko.

Game Name First
released
System Role(s)
Megami Tensei II 1990 NES Character Designer, Demon Designer, Sprite Artist, World Map Designer
Shin Megami Tensei 1992 SNES Character Designer, Demon Designer, Sprite Artist, World Map Designer
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible 1992 GB Coordinator
Shin Megami Tensei II 1994 SNES Character Designer, Demon Designer, Sprite Artist, World Map Designer
Majin Tensei 1994 SNES Coordinator
Shin Megami Tensei: if... 1994 SNES Character Designer, Demon Designer, Sprite Artist, World Map Designer
Kyūyaku Megami Tensei 1995 SNES Character and Boss Demon Redesigner
Devil Summoner 1995 Sega Saturn Character Designer, Demon Designer, World Map Designer
Revelations: Persona 1996 PlayStation Character Designer, Image Designer & Title Logo Designer
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers 1997 Sega Saturn Main Character Designer, Demon Designer, World Map Designer
Persona 2: Innocent Sin 1999 PlayStation Main Character Designer, Principal Persona Designer, Boss Demon Designer
Maken X 1999 Dreamcast Character Designer
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment 2000 PlayStation Main Character Designer, Principal Persona Designer, Boss Demon Designer
Maken Shao 2001 PlayStation 2 Character Designer
Shin Megami Tensei NINE 2002 Xbox Demon Designer
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne 2003 PlayStation 2 Character Designer, Demon Designer, Creative Director
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2004 PlayStation 2 Character Designer, Demon Designer, World Map Designer
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2 2005 PlayStation 2 Character Designer, Demon Designer, World Map Designer
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army 2005 PlayStation 2 Character Designer, Demon Designer, Art Director, Original Scenario Designer, World Map Design
Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE 2007 PC Demon Designer
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon 2008 PlayStation 2 Character Designer, Demon Designer, Art Director, Original Scenario Designer, World Map Design

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

2009 Nintendo DS

Demon Designer

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

2009 Nintendo DS

Character Designer, Demon Designer, Creative Director

Shin Megami Tensei IV

2013 Nintendo 3DS

Scenario Drafts, Series Demon Design

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

2016 Nintendo 3DS

Scenario Designer, World Setting Planner, Series Demon Designer

GalleryEdit

 
Kaneko with shades
Profile
 
Kaneko Magazine
Shin Megami Tensei: Final Story novel (1993)
 
Kazuma-ddapocalypse1
Digital Devil Apocalypse (1999) (Out of print)
 
Kazuma-ddapocalypse2
Digital Devil Apocalypse (1999) (Out of print)
 
Kazuma-p2guide
Persona 2 guide
 
Kaneko frolicking
Persona 2 guide

TriviaEdit

  • Under the name Kaz he appears as a S-Rank BattleNet opponent in DemiKids after winning 87 S-Rank battles. He is said to be an evil artist that uses ice demons. Said demons are Jack Frost and his kin with the exception of Lucifroz. He is the 90th opponent in the tournament.
  • In the very beginning of Soul Hackers, his ID (complete with name) is the one that's overwritten to be replaced by the protagonist's for the Paradigm X beta.
  • Kaneko made a small cameo in the Devil Summoner TV Drama.

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