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Chiaki J. Konaka (小中 千昭, Konaka Chiaki) (born April 4, 1961) is a Japanese writer and scenarist best known for Serial Experiments Lain and later for the Digimon season Digimon Tamers. He is also known to be the creator of Ultraman Gaia, as cited by Tsuburaya Productions.

Chiaki J. Konaka
BornChiaki Konaka
(1961-04-04) April 4, 1961 (age 57)
Occupationscreenwriter, scenarist

Konaka's serious works generally have a dark, psychological tone. As a Cthulhu Mythos writer, he tends to add Lovecraftian elements to his works.[1][2]

"Chiaki J. Konaka" is a very unusual name, as Japanese names typically do not include middle names. Konaka states that the "J." evokes the "Christian" name "John", due to his being born to parents who were members of the Anglican Church, but he does not identify as Christian. He began using the "J." at the age of 12, when he began making 8 mm films; he patterned the style after Western names such as "Charles M. Schulz".[3]

He has cited Ghost Hound as his favorite screenwriting project.


List of worksEdit



Cthulhu MythosEdit

  • Cthulhu's Strange Record
  • Insmus wo Oou Kage (a Japanese television adaptation of The Shadow Over Innsmouth)
  • "Terror Rate", a short story included in Volume 2 of the Lairs of the Hidden Gods anthology (Kurodahan Press: ISBN 4-902075-12-1)



  1. ^ Bush, Laurence (2001). Asian Horror Encyclopedia. Writers Club Press. pp. 101–102. ISBN 0-595-20181-4.
  2. ^ "Ask John: Is There Any Lovecraftian Anime?". AnimeNation. 2002-08-13. Archived from the original on 2005-01-07. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  3. ^ [1]

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