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Chiaki J. Konaka
Konaka.jpg

Alias

CJK

Birth

April 4, 1961 (Japan)

Occupation

Screenwriter, Scenarist

Notable Works

Serial Experiments Lain
Texhnolyze
Ghost Hound

Chiaki J. Konaka (小中 千昭), born April 4, 1961, is a Japanese writer and scenarist who works predominantly in anime and manga. He is responsible for the scenario for the anime series Serial Experiments Lain and its video game adaptation.

Konaka's serious works generally have a dark, psychological tone. He cited Lovecraft as one of his inspiration particularly for the Cthulhu mythos.

He is a colleague and friend of Yoshitoshi ABe, with whom he also collaborated on the series Texhnolyze and Despera. He was also a colleague and friend with Ryūtarō Nakamura with whom he also collaborated, after Serial Experiments Lain, on Ghost Hound.

Biography[]

Real name Chiaki John Konaka, he began using his current stage name "Chiaki J. Konaka" at the age of 12, when he began making 8 mm films; he patterned the style after Western names such as "Charles M. Schulz".

He first gained fame in his work on the avant-garde anime Serial Experiments Lainand later for the Digimon season Digimon Tamers. He is also known to be the creator of Ultraman Gaia.

In 2009, he was announced as responsible for the scenario for the planned project Despera for which he wrote the graphic novel.

Notable Works[]

Magician Tai! (1996) Novel Writer
Serial Experiments Lain (1998) Anime television series Series composition, Script
Serial Experiments Lain (1998) Video game Scenario
Ultraman Gaia (1998) TV show Composer
The Big O (1999) Anime television series Series composition, Script
Digimon Tamers (2001) Anime television series Series composition, Script
Texhnolyze (2003) Anime television series Series composition, Script, Scenario
Mononoke (2007) Anime television series Scenario
Ghost Hound (2007) Anime television series Series composition, screenplay
Vamp (2019) Movie Screenplay, Story

Trivia[]

Portrait by Yoshitoshi ABe

  • The story-line of Digimon Tamers was based on "Konaka Gamera", one of the original scripts prepared for Gamera: Guardian of the Universe by Konaka brothers (Chiaki and Kazuya), prior to the script by Kazunori Itō, and the idea was later adopted for Digimon Tamers and Gamera the Brave.[1][2][3]
  • "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 him being born to parents who were members of the Anglican Church, but he does not identify as Christian.
  • He has cited Ghost Hound as his favorite screenwriting project.


Links[]

  • Chiaki J. Konaka, 2018年, という事をここに書いているのは、以前にも書いたけれど、テイマーズの1~3話は設定などは全然違うものの、小中兄弟版ガメラのエッセンスが濃厚に入っている。だからもしこの映画が成立していたら、テイマーズは生まれなかったとも言える。, Twitter
  • Eiga Hiho (映画秘宝), 2021, Vol.April
  • Heisei Gamera Perfection (平成ガメラ パーフェクション), 2014, KADOKAWA/Template:W
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