Hideo Kojima And Yoshinori Kitase Reflect On 25 Years Of Final Fantasy And Metal Gear

By Sato . December 19, 2012 . 2:30am


Sony Computer Entertainment Japan commemorates Final Fantasy and Metal Gear franchise 25th anniversaries with none other than super detailed bento.


Before presenting their bento, Metal Gear producer Hideo Kojima and Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase had a few words to share in memory of their past 25 years with their respective companies.


Hideo Kojima:  "25 years ago, I would’ve never dreamed of the Metal Gear series going this far. Especially after having to focus on other projects, during my earlier years. When the PlayStation was released, I was able to make Metal Gear Solid the true Hide and Seek game I’ve always wanted to make. We’ve been with PlayStation ever since, and I’d like to thank them for the opportunity and everything else. Best of luck to us all for a successful future"


Yoshinori Kitase: “I was actually a Final Fantasy player back in my college years, 25 years ago. I recall admiring the visuals and being moved by the touching stories. Five years later, I became the producer for that same Final Fantasy series, that I’ve always loved. 20 years has gone by since then, and till this day, I still remember the feelings I had back then. I’d like to continue sharing that experience with today’s players.


Now, for some bento!


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Bento boxes modeled after the PlayStation 3.



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For Final Fantasy’s bento, we got a top part tribute to Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud, Sephiroth and Zack. The bottom being a colorful Moogle and Chocobo mix.



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Metal Gear’s set has Old Snake, Naked Snake and Raiden as the main part, with cardboard box shaped inarizushi for the bottom. Even the food connoisseur, Hideo Kojima, was astounded by the quality of the Metal Gear themed bento!


After presenting the Bento, the guests of honor shared some thoughts on each other’s work, before eating up the beautifully crafted masterpieces.


Yoshinori Kitase on Metal Gear:

“I fully respect Hideo Kojima and his cinematic talents, seen in his games. I even find myself being jealous at times! My own son really liked Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, I would jokingly tell him that it made me sad and that he should play my games instead!”


Hideo Kojima in response to Final Fantasy:

“Thank you! I’ve always been impressed by the artistic side of Final Fantasy. Everything about it, including the title screens are beautiful. Not to take anything away from Sony Computer Entertainment, but I believe that Final Fantasy definitely played a big role in helping them rise to the top, and set a standard for their games. We’d like to do our best and keep up as well”



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  • Namuro

    These are really neat! I wish I could have something like this for lunch when I was a kid. The MGS one looks especially well made…although the realistic looks kinda make it a little bit creepy… it’s like they’re staring right into your souls…

  • HassanJamal

    Those are some of the most epic lunch boxes evar!

  • Go2hell66

    om nom nom nom nom
    snake so tasty

  • Nitraion

    Lol Solid,Big boss and Raiden bento… XD

  • Göran Isacson

    Have to admit, I was thinking large, grandiose cakes would be a better way to celebrate… but I guess a Bento is fine too. And really, if those faces in the MGS-bento are creepy now, I can hardly imagine how uncanny valley a big damn cake could be.

    However if they did make a cake in, say, the shape of Metal Gear REX and then had a Raiden-esque knife to cut it up in? That would be pretty damn boss. Same goes for a FF-cake being cut with Cloud’s Buster sword.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Boxes… inside a Box? looks delicious

  • CirnoLakes

    That’s… not creepy.

    • AkuLord3

      Totally isn’t…always wanted to try some “Solid Snake” after playing MGS3 :3

  • Loran Cehack

    SNAKE EATER! SNAKE EATER! Listening to “Snake Eater” song by Cynthia Harrel while eating Snake, priceless. Eating Snake is a crime but a must. YUMMY!

  • Valtiel Ikari

    Interesting story. The part about Yoshinori’s son make laugh a bit XD
    Nice bentos, looks delicious!

    P.D. if you guys at Siliconera have interview with Kojima, could you ask him if he will some day finish Guy/Max Savage? I really liked that little demo in Metal Gear 3 Subsistance, he could make it for Vita, keeping the simple controls.

    • Suzaku

      That was Shuyo Murata’s project.

      • Valtiel Ikari

        OH! I see, my bad, but still would like to see it complete for a console or virtual store.

  • i don’t know if Kitase has already become producer of FF for 20 years, didn’t he just got become producer on FFX? btw when FF just decline when it’s creator leave while Kojima involvement on MGS just keep series greatness

    • Suzaku

      Kitase started working for Squaresoft in 1990. His first credit was field planner for Final Fantasy V, and then he directed Final Fantasy VI, VII, and VIII.

  • All of a sudden, all the jokes made about PS3 being used as a grill seem hilarious in hindsight.

  • ragingmerifes

    I really don’t know how Square Enix and Konami hasn’t worked together on something to suck the money out of us.

  • It’s always nice to see game developers reflect on their own creations. :-)

  • Maia Kasoya

    The bento reminds me of some pictures I saw of Pac-Man cupcakes.
    Hmm, now I’m hungry. For real food and pictures of extremely detailed food.

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  • Cornelius

    The greatest minds of videogames all standing together.

    • DCBlackbird

      ehhhh debatable

  • DCBlackbird

    guess advent children was right square enix will never let VII leave our memories :/

  • Yohan Setiawan

    wow this is great :D

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