In the latest issue of Famitsu, a special article dedicated to Cats Days was posted featuring cats from different game directors across Japan. Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura was among the people interviewed with his two 4-year old Scottish Fold cats: Deshi and Hisho. You can check out the photos of both of them below.
Nomura discusses everyday life of his cats and how both of them have helped him shape some of the elements within Kingdom Hearts III. You can view the translations below. (Special thanks to KH13’s Staff Members Mio-chan and NihonScribe along with Keytotruth for the translations.)
Square Enix: Tetsuya Nomura
[Profile and newest projects]
- Nomura is working as the director of the Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy VII Remake. As for his current work on Kingdom Hearts III, a new world was introduced and the decisive battle between Sora and Xehanort is near.
Kingdom Hearts III: Planned this year for PS4/Xbox One
- Sora’s form changes based on the world he’s in. Within the world of “Monsters, Inc.” Sora changes into a catlike monster?! More details on page 40!
About the Cats:
Name: Hisho (*pseudonym)
Cat Breed: Scottish Fold
Age: 4 years old
Name: Deshi (*pseudonym)
Cat Breed: Scottish Fold
Age: 4 years and 2 months old
*Hisho and Deshi respectively mean “secretary” and “apprentice”.
[Why did you decided to get them?]
“Originally, our family love cats and dogs, and we kept them without moderation in the house. So when I was depressed someone recommend me to get cats.”[Who is Deshi and Hisho for you?]
“Here are Deshi and Hisho. Deshi is taking after me more and more. Hisho will immediately detect anything strange in the room.”[Get to know Deshi and Hisho]
“During the days when Deshi came to the house he had a habit of biting, scratching everything, and was rambunctious. I raised him strictly. Now he has become kind and friendly. It’s probably because I’ve been overprotective, but Hisho is quite selfish and wary. Deshi does things at his own pace and will approach the bed to sleep, but Hisho on the other hand is inseparably from the house and will stay within close proximity.”[An Episode of Deshi and Hisho]
“It is said that Chirithy, who made their debut appearance in the Kingdom Hearts X[chi] series, is modeled after my cats. But at the time I didn’t have pets when I drew Chirithy, so that is untrue. In Kingdom Hearts III for the first time there is an element based off of Deshi. Also, I think I want to make an Instagram debut but I have to refrain from being exposed for now (that’s a lie).”
Sora’s Monster Form in the Monsters, Inc. world resembles a cat. Could this be a nod to his feline companions? What do you think of Nomura’s cats? Should they have a cameo within Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below.