Yoko Taro Talks Inspiration on toco toco tv Episode 49

Yoko Taro, the game director behind the Drakengard and NieR series is featured in an episode of toco toco tv which follows Japanese creators and the locations that inspire them. Taro-san details his daily life and the places that inspire him when he’s crafting ideas for his experiences.

In this episode, we spend the day in Osaka with Yoko Taro, director of the famous Drakengard and NieR series. Our first stop will be at PlatinumGames, the studio that was in charge of developing Yoko’s most recent title: NieR: Automata. During development, Yoko Taro lived between Tokyo and Osaka, often meeting in Tokyo with Square Enix’s producer Yosuke Saito, who first suggested the game to be developed by PlatinumGames.

Yoko will introduce us to his rather peculiar work style, before taking us to Shinsaibashi at THE SILVER BALL PLANET, an arcade specialized in vintage pinball machines. He will share with us his fascination for pinball and the little universes contained within each machine. We will then continue our conversation at his apartment where he will tell us more about his philosophy and his work.

After dusk, we will head with Yoko to Osaka’s dynamic Dotombori area for drinks with the producer Yosuke Saito and Takahisa Taura, who worked as a game designer and had a key role on NieR: Automata according to Yoko; the three of them will recall fun stories from the development of the game.

You can check out the episode in its entirety below as well as the last episode featuring Katsura Hashino, the mind behind the later Persona games and Catherine.