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Noizi Itō (いとうのいぢ) is the artist who is well known for her work as the character designer and artist and character designs for the Shakugan no Shana light novel series. She is also well known for illustrating the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series along with its author Nagaru Tanigawa, as well as providing the character designs for the 2012 anime, Another. She was born in August 9, 1977 and is a Japanese manga and game artist from Hyōgo, Japan. She is employed by the H-game maker UNiSONSHIFT and is a part of the circle Fujitsubo-Machine. Unlike most romanized Japanese words and names, Noizi Ito's name uses the Kunrei-shiki romanization form.
Career[edit | edit source]
Ito first began creating characters around the time she graduated from middle school. She grew up at a time when fighting games were popular with her and her classmates and developed an interest beyond just controlling the characters, in the aesthetics and design of characters. After purchasing a book on breaking into the industry, Ito began going for job interviews at Osaka-based companies near to home such as Capcom. She made it past the initial round, however did not get the job and in the end found a job working for Softpal on visual novels.
She has recently started a manga series called Bee-be-beat it! which was introduced in volume 1 of the Dragon Age Pure magazine. She has worked on three adult game projects for UNiSONSHIFT Blossom. The first was Nanatsuiro Drops, released in 2006, followed by the Alice in Wonderland themed Alice Parade, released in 2007, and Flyable Heart, released in 2009. She also was the artist in the adult games Peace@Pieces, Forget Me Not, and also Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe, all under the UNiSONSHIFT label. Outside of UNiSONSHIFT, she has recently worked as one of the illustrators for Flight-Plan's DS game Shining Force Feather.
Games[edit | edit source]
UNISONSHiFT[edit | edit source]
- Be-reave (1999)
- Wasurenagusa Forget-Me-Not (2002)
- Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe (2003)
- Peace@Pieces (2004)
UNISONSHiFT Blossom[edit | edit source]
- Nanatsuiro Drops (2006)
- Alice Parade (2007)
- Flyable Heart (2009)
- Kimi no Nagori wa Shizuka ni Yurete (2010)
- FlyableCandy Heart (2011)
Nippon Ichi Software[edit | edit source]
- The Guided Fate Paradox (2013)
- The Guided Fate Cross Thesis (2014)
Flight-Plan[edit | edit source]
- Shining Force Feather (2009)
Art books[edit | edit source]
- Ito Noizi Art Collection GU-RE-N
- Ito Noizi Art Collection II KA-E-N
- Ito Noizi Art Collection III SO-U-E-N
- Ito Noizi Art Collection Ketsu SHA-NA
- Haruhi-ism Ito Noizi Illustration (いとうのいぢ画集 ハルヒ主義)
- Ito Noizi Art Collection Haruhi Hyakka (いとうのいぢ画集 ハルヒ百花)
Art style[edit | edit source]
Ito stated that she enjoys drawing because "the first thing players are attracted to is the game's art". Many of these games take place in the emotionally charged world of high school and Ito draws from her own experiences. Although she has designed several very successful characters, Ito stated that she draws her inspiration from anything by which she comes. She described the midpoint between a young female and adult body where it resembles their male counterparts and simultaneously are on the cusp of becoming a full-fledged woman as being the form she likes the best and enjoys drawing the most. Ito stated that since all women have been high school girls at one point and enjoy reminiscing about those times, noting that "being a highschool girl is probably the best time in a girl's life." 
Self-portrait[edit | edit source]
Itō's self-portrait is of a pink alien with yellow polka dots. In Comiket 70 in Summer 2006, the alien was made into plush toys and was sold. The alien has featured in various Shakugan no Shana media.
- In chapter 25 of the manga series, a plush toy of the alien, called the "pink creature", was on the shelf of the craft store.
- In chapter 49, the plush toy could be seen in the middle of the department store as it was being burnt down by Sydonay.
References[edit | edit source]
- Interview with Noizi Ito at Sakura-Con 2010 The-O Network Online
- Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential by Ashcraft, Brian and Shoko Ueda
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|Production||Light Novels • Manga (Eternal Song) • Anime (DVD Releases)|
|People||Yashichirō Takahashi (Themes • List of Changéríon references) • Noizi Itō • Ayato Sasakura • Shii Kiya • Takashi Watanabe • Kow Otani|
|Related Companies||ASCII Media Works/MediaWorks • Dengeki • J.C.Staff • Geneon Universal Entertainment|
|Dubs||Geneon Universal Entertainment • FUNimation|