Katsuhiro Harada

Katsuhiro Harada
Katsuhiro Harada - Samedi - Japan Expo 2013 - P1670076.jpg
Harada in 2013
Born (1970-06-10) June 10, 1970 (age 51)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Game designer, director, producer
Years active 1994–present
Notable work
Tekken series
Title General Manager at Bandai Namco Entertainment

Katsuhiro Harada (原田 勝弘, Harada Katsuhiro, born June 10, 1970) is a Japanese game producer, director, and general manager from Bandai Namco Entertainment, best known as a producer and director of the popular fighting game series known as Tekken.

Biography

Harada was born in Osaka, Japan, and grew up within the Nara Prefecture region.[1] He later moved to Tokyo, Japan. During his childhood, video games were viewed with a great deal of suspicion in Japan. His parents would not buy him a home console, and as a result often sneaked into arcade centres, where he would occasionally be discovered and dragged out. He worked hard and ended up securing a place at Waseda University. He has studied judo, karate and a little bit of taekwondo in the past.[2] He attended Waseda University along with Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki[3] and holds a degree in psychology. During his university studies, he took a few Chinese language courses, albeit finding it very difficult.[4] After graduating from university, he joined Namco to become a promoter. His parents were initially unhappy with his pursuit in a career with the video game industry, but have since accepted him in his work.[5]

During his first year working in the Namco arcade, Harada smashed the sales record two months in a row, and subsequently received an award of commendation from the president of Namco. Thanks to the award, Harada now had a platform to approach the management and request that they move him into game development. Towards the end of the first year at Namco, they gave him a position on the first Tekken title.[6]

He voiced Forest Law in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament, Marshall Law from Tekken until Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Yoshimitsu from Tekken until Tekken Tag Tournament and Kunimitsu in Tekken. He is known within the fanbase for his sense of humor, such as his comical rivalry with Street Fighter director, Yoshinori Ono, jokes around the character Leo in Tekken 6 because of the ambiguous gender, and for attending EVO 2017 in a shirt that read "Don't Ask Me for Shit". Harada is also a member of Project Soul (the team behind the Soulcalibur franchise) and makes an appearance in Soulcalibur V as a bonus character.[citation needed]

By 2019, Harada had been promoted to lead the fighting game esports division of Bandai Namco, as well as to being a general manager at the company overall.[7][8]

Works

Year Title Position
1994 Tekken Voice Actor (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu, Kunimitsu)
1995 Tekken 2 Voice Actor (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu)
1997 Tekken 3 Director, Voice Actor (Yoshimitsu, Forest Law)
1999 Tekken Tag Tournament
2001 Tekken Advance Director
Tekken 4 Director, Voice Actor (Marshall Law)
2004 Tekken 5
2005 Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Project Supervisor
2007 Soulcalibur Legends Contributor
Tekken 6 Executive Producer
2008 Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
Soulcalibur IV Co-director
2011 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Game Concept Supervisor
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Executive Producer
2012 Street Fighter X Tekken Director
Tekken 3D: Prime Edition Executive Producer
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Voice Actor (Kuma)
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Supervisor
2013 Tekken Revolution Executive Producer
2014 Ace Combat Infinity Project Leader
2015 Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Supervisor
Tekken 7 Director
Pokkén Tournament Producer
Lost Reavers Executive Producer
2016 Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Director
Summer Lesson Chief Producer
Project X Zone 2 Supervisor, Global Marketing General Manager
Dark Souls III Global Marketing General Manager
2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Producer
2018 Katamari Damacy Reroll General Producer
Soulcalibur VI Executive Adviser
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom General Manager, Worldwide Marketing Department
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Global Marketing General Manager
My Hero Academia: One's Justice
God Eater 3 Global Marketing
Dark Souls: Remastered Global Marketing General Manager
Black Clover: Quartet Knights
11-11: Memories Retold General Manager of Marketing
2019 The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan General Producer
Code Vein
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Marketing General Manager

References

  1. ^ http://gamewise.co/people/43370/Katsuhiro-Harada/Overview
  2. ^ Katsuhiro Harada [@Harada_TEKKEN] (13 April 2013). "@BigbosS_3pw 4年以上習ったのは柔道、空手、あとテコンドーを少々。もはや型も1/3ぐらいしか思い出せないレベル。" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Katsuhiro Harada [@Harada_TEKKEN] (27 April 2012). "ワシ、大阪生まれの奈良育ち。DoAの板垣氏と早稲田に入学して以来、ずっと東京だけど、寝言はいまだに関西弁らしい。ハギーさんはカプコン広報だってば!(笑) [email protected] 原田さん関東の人じゃなかったんですか(笑) ちなみにハギー氏ってお笑い芸人の方なんですか!?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Katsuhiro Harada [@Harada_TEKKEN] (6 April 2013). "大学の頃第二外国語に中国語を選択していましたが、難しくて無理でした・・・。海外出張が多いので各国言語の必要最低限は覚えるようにしていますが。 [email protected] 原田さんの語学力にびっくりしていますわ。一体、何ヶ国語できますと?ちなみに、中国語は??????" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Grey, Jonathan 'Catalyst' (23 September 2013). "Harada's parents broke into tears when he initially got involved with video games - he used psychology background to boost sales". EventHubs. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Harada was interviewed by the video game magazine Edge". Edge Online Magazine. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  7. ^ Harada, Katsuhiro (26 December 2018). "To everyone in the "DRAGON BALL FighterZ", "TEKKEN", and "SoulCalibur" community. Please read & refer to the following link. Thanks!!!". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ Harada, Katsuhiro (26 December 2018). "I'm the general manager of develop & produce of Bandai Namco original titles from this term (ex: TEKKEN, Ace Combat, Tales of, Dark Soul, Soul Calibur, etc..). I'll also continue with eSports' strategy leader. Sometimes I might Tweet something unrelated to TEKKEN, but forgive me". Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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