Akihiro Hino

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Akihiro Hino
Akihiro Hino, Nintendo event 2015 2.jpg
Hino in 2015
Native name 日野 晃博
Born (1968-07-20) July 20, 1968 (age 50)
Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Game designer, game producer, scriptwriter
Notable work Dark Cloud series
Professor Layton series
Title President and CEO of Level-5 Inc.
Term 1996–present

Akihiro Hino (日野 晃博, Hino Akihiro) (born July 20, 1968) is a Japanese video game designer and businessman. Starting his career as a programmer in the 1990s, he later took on roles in writing, design, directing and producing. In 1998, he founded Level-5, where he remains its president and CEO.


Hino began his career in the video game industry in the late 1980s at the now defunct Japanese developer Riverhillsoft, specifically on the OverBlood series for the original PlayStation. Hino acted as the lead programmer on the first OverBlood, and was subsequently promoted to lead designer and director for the sequel, OverBlood 2.

Hino founded Level-5 in October 1998.[1] Since the creation of Level-5, Hino has designed, planned and produced all five of the studio's released titles, Dark Cloud, Dark Chronicle and Rogue Galaxy for the PlayStation 2, Jeanne d'Arc for the PlayStation Portable, and Professor Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS. He also directed Square Enix's Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the PlayStation 2.

Recently, Hino once again assumed designing and producing duties for Level-5's titles, White Knight Chronicles for the PlayStation 3, and the next two Professor Layton games – the Diabolical Box and the Unwound Future, both for the Nintendo DS, and Inazuma Eleven for the Nintendo DS, and Dragon Quest IX, also for the DS, which is his studio's second collaboration with role-playing video game powerhouse Square Enix.


Video games
Year Title Role
1989 Burai: Jokan Programmer
1992 Prince of Persia 3DO version Programmer
1994 Doctor Hauzer Programmer
1996 OverBlood Programmer
1998 OverBlood 2 Director, designer, writer
2000 Dark Cloud Producer, designer, writer
2002 Dark Chronicle Producer, designer, writer
2004 Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Director
2005 Rogue Galaxy Director, producer, designer, writer
2006 Jeanne d'Arc Producer
2007 Professor Layton and the Curious Village Producer, designer, writer
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Producer, designer, writer
Inazuma Eleven Producer, designer, writer
2008 Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Producer, designer, writer
White Knight Chronicles Director, producer, designer, writer
2009 Inazuma Eleven 2 Producer
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Director
Professor Layton and the Last Specter Producer, designer, writer
2010 Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn Writer
Inazuma Eleven 3 Producer
2011 Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Producer, designer, writer
Inazuma Eleven Strikers Producer
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Producer, writer
2012 Time Travelers Producer
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Producer, designer, writer
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room Producer
Crimson Shroud Executive producer
Fantasy Life Producer
2013 Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Producer
Guild02 Executive producer
Yo-kai Watch Producer, writer
2014 Wonder Flick Director, producer
Yo-kai Watch 2 Producer, writer
2017 Layton's Mystery Journey General director, planning, writer
2018 Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom General director, writer


  1. ^ Winkler, Chris (2003). "Creator's Talk Interview #2: Akihiro Hino". RPGFan.com. Retrieved 2009-05-24.

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