Kenji Terada (寺田 憲史, Terada Kenji, born 11 July 1952) is a Japanese scenario writer, anime director, series organizer and novelist. His more notable works include writing the first three games of the Final Fantasy series. He also worked on Batman: Dark Tomorrow, created the concept for the Sega CD game Dark Wizard, and was the series organizer and main script writer for the Kimagure Orange Road series among other things.
|Born||11 July 1952|
|Occupation||scenario writer, anime director, series organizer, novelist|
|Known for||Final Fantasy|
Kenji Terada was born in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated in 1973 from Waseda University with a degree in European History. During his degree, Terada did illustrations for newspapers and magazines, worked on film sets, and did some work as an animator. In 1978, he became an assistant for artist Osamu Tezuka, and in 1980 he became a freelance writer and director for various projects, including writing the scripts for Baoh, Dirty Pair, and Kimagure Orange Road. He also did some work for Square, writing the scripts for the first three Final Fantasy video games. He remained a script writer for films and animation until 2003, when he served as both the writer and director for the video game Batman: Dark Tomorrow, as well as the director for the Firestorm anime series. He has since worked on Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles as well as several other shows and video games.
- Final Fantasy (1987, scenario writer)
- Final Fantasy II (1988, scenario writer)
- Final Fantasy III (1990, scenario writer)
- Dark Wizard (1993, scenario writer)
- Loopy Town no Oheya ga Hoshii! (1995)
- Kid Klown in Crazy Chase 2: Love Love Hani Soudatsusen (1996, Director)
- Eternal Eyes (2000, scenario writer)
- Jockey's Road (2001, scriptwriter)
- Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003, writer, director)
- Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia (2020, scenario writer)
- Space Emperor God Sigma (1980, storyboards/episode director)
- Kinnikuman (1983–1986, script writer)
- Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (1984, script writer)
- Dancouga - Super Beast Machine God (1985, script writer)
- Dirty Pair (TV series) (1985, script writer)
- Outlanders (1986, director)
- Baoh (1989, script writer)
- Kimagure Orange Road (1989–1991, series organizer, script writer)
- Ushio and Tora (1992–1993, script writer)
- Yaiba (1993-1994, Series Composition, Scenario)
- Wedding Peach (1995–1996, script writer)
- Shinkai Densetsu Meremanoid (1997-1998, Series Composition)
- Firestorm (2003, director)
- Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (2006, story consultant)
- Terada, Kenji. "biography". kenjiman-tokyo.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
- "Interview with Hironobu Sakaguchi". Shūkan Famitsu. ASCII Corporation. 1998-06-05. Archived from the original on 2011-02-06. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- Sam Pettus (2013-12-18). Service Games: The Rise and Fall of SEGA: Enhanced Edition. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-4942-8835-8. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "Kenji Terada, Writer for Early Final Fantasy Games, Worked on a Little-known Animal Crossing-like Game in the 1990s". www.femicom.org. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "Eternal Eyes First Impression". GameSpot. 1999-12-15. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- Sato, Yukiyoshi Ike (October 3, 2001). "Xbox Premiere: First look: Jockey's Road". Retrieved May 14, 2020.
- "Batman: Dark Tomorrow". Nintendo. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia - Creator". Retrieved 2020-05-05.
- Helen McCarthy (2006-11-01). The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised & Expanded Edition. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-9333-3010-5. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "2007 Guest Listing". www.animeboston.com. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- Helen McCarthy (2006-11-01). The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised & Expanded Edition. Stone Bridge Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-9333-3010-5. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "Anime Boston Announces More Guests". Anime News Network. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
- "BOSTON ANIME 87". kenjiman-tokyo.com. May 27, 2007. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "Staff". Archived from the original on 2003-10-01. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- Tommy Yune (2007-07-06). The Art of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. Stone Bridge Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-9333-3029-7. Retrieved 2015-06-16.