Tetsuya Nomura Finally Explains His Obsession With Zippers and Belts

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Tetsuya Nomura is a legendary game designer, known for his work as far back as Final Fantasy V (however he was debugger on Final Fantasy IV). He became a worldwide name in gaming from his work on Final Fantasy VII, and even moreso later with Kingdom Hearts.

One thing that became more prominent in his designs as his career developed is his use, or sometimes overuse, of belts and zippers with his character designs.

Sometimes they make sense, other times it’s completely ridiculous and just downright silly. Now, we’ve finally learned why he’s obsessed with the things.

“That was my preference back when I first designed the characters, so 15 years ago,” Nomura said in an interview with Mirror.co.uk.

“At that time, people teased me about zippers and belts and whatnot and I’m the type of person if somebody eggs me on I’m gonna do it more! Nowadays, I’m not as conscious about adding them in,” he noted.

He went on to say that he’ll actively fight against people telling him not to do something, thus explaining why he’s just added more belts and zippers to his designs as time went on:

“I’m not the type of person that would shrink down when people tease me about it,” Nomura said.

“I’m gonna fight back! I’m gonna go back at it and do it more. So, if people egg me on saying ‘oh, Kingdom Hearts III is delayed’ well, I might even delay it further! (laughs)”

His next games, Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII Remake, are both follow-ups to games that catapulted his name in the gaming industry. Perhaps we’ll see even more belts and zippers in those two games?

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  • LordKaizer

    So he still hasn’t grown out of the middle school emo phase. That explains his shit writing and characters’ designs.

  • Dom The Elegy

    Someone should tease him about writing a story that actually makes sense.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    I appreciate what Nomura has contributed to the world, but man some of this stuff he says, really just makes you want to deck him one.

  • LordKaizer

    Darkness, bad. Light, good. Friendship, ultimate weapon. I just translated all kingdom hearts plot.

  • InquisitiveRavenclaw

    So that explains it. All this time we’ve been FUELING him!

  • Dom The Elegy

    Needs about 12000 more characters that contribute fuck all but muddy everything up just for the sake of it.

  • Just Some Guy

    You all just got trolled.

  • tccboss

    at least we got an answer.

  • tccboss

    remember everyone is Xehanort and everyone is Sora.

  • Dom The Elegy

    Also everyone is Riku and sometimes Kairi.

  • chaoguy

    Glad to see a dev sticking to his guns, no matter how crazy they are. Now all we need is a belt with a zipper down the middle.

  • evilmajikman

    Oh. So he’s just fucking with people. Good to know.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I thought his reasoning was that is where they put all the potions and whatnot.

  • LordKaizer

    That shows he’s still hasn’t grown out of the middle school emo phase. Then again he wanted ff15 to be musical because he saw a musical movie that appeals to emo people like him.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Thought he was goth.

  • Asu

    “Please leave feedback and let us know if there’s something you want us to cover”
    Sorry, but last time I sent you a message I was ignored.
    Nope, won’t do. :(

  • Mr0303
  • edge

    Hey-hey; zippers and belts are pretty cool~

  • edge

    The distinct lack of zippers in disturbing.

  • edge

    Oy, emo was highschool. Everyone’s hipster now. Emo was way better.

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)

    Though he did made a good choice of (what im assuming to be) stockings

  • SuuLoliBoob

    I like his sense of humor. Though, i hope he doesn’t make any of the women sexy in the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Hear that Nomura? Don’t do it!

  • TsukuyomiMagi99

    I see what you did there ;)

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • Leonardo Cornejo Bernal

    Can we start complaining about him designing sexy women?

  • LordKaizer

    I still prefer when everyone acted like Jean-Claude Van Damme is best actor and how manly he is.

  • bdp

    Should’ve reverse psychology’d him into releasing games faster.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I almost want to see what that would look like, Versus XIII seemed like it would’ve been the alpha and omega of Nomura’s autism.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Please, give Tifa the flattest chest possible, Nomura.

  • Travis Touchdown

    This is exactly why I took to being such a hardcore Nintendo fan online.


    Never noticed that before. Didn’t know Lulu was that bad of a girl.

  • Wanderer

    “I was being retarded on purpose” is the lamest defense. You’re still being retarded.


    Lulu is best girl.

  • grgspunk
  • deadmancrawling

    Can you elaborate on that?

  • deadmancrawling

    Honestly, if Nomura stuck to urban settings, his stuff would stop being a laughingstock

  • LowLifeOcelot

    I didn’t know Nomura was a big fan of Burno Buccellati.

  • Kessek

    Only his dominatrix truly knows why.

  • Bitterbear

    Look at the bright side: At least he can draw hands and feet:

  • Pocketmarmots

    Heh, I can respect that. Nobody likes a backseat-designer.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    It’s an art style, smart pants. Not lack of skill. Learn the difference.

  • Tubsiwub

    “I’ll keep doing what people don’t want, more and more and more… until they stop buying my stuff! Ha!”

    Good one…

  • PChandler

    “I’m the type of person if somebody eggs me on I’m gonna do it more!… he’ll actively fight against people telling him not to do something… I’m not the type of person that would shrink down when people tease me about it… I’m gonna fight back! I’m gonna go back at it and do it more”—

    In my country we have a saying: Al que no le gusta la sopa, se le dan dos tazas / The one who doesn’t like soup, gets TWO bowls of soup!

    And this is why brownshirts aka “SJWs” lost, and will lose the game in Japan and other places. There are around 8 billion people on this planet. If you think you can go about trying to intimidate, and systematically, pervasively target and harass everyone, trying to shame them, anywhere. With calumny, libel, slander and defamation. With false charges of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, islamophobia… etc. While expecting no resistance and retaliation. You lost big f’ing time!

    There are people who will fight back, who are willing to go at it even physically if needed be, to defend freedom of expression and to fight back against projective brownshirts trying to submit everyone, people of all cultures and civilizations, into their projective bigoted, intolerant views and narrow-minded religious, cultist dogmata.

  • edge

    Please give her the thinnest thighs ever too!

  • Clone Loli

    Please make Yuffie as busty as possible!

  • Zombie_Barioth

    He’s saying people make fun of him for being a fanboy, so he does it all the more.

    There’s a difference between being a “hardcore Nintendo fan” and an immature fanatic however.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I’m pretty sure that’s the joke.:P

  • Skate or Die

    That would make too much sense.

  • Zanard Bell

    Please make Riku less sassy and don’t give her hotpants.

  • Zanard Bell

    He takes pride on being abused by Nintendo’s horrible policies and still liking it.

    In short, cucking.

  • Hey, Nomura – please don’t give Tifa big tits. And I mean the BIGGEST, MOST PERFECT tits. Dooooooon’t do it – bad man, don’t you dare.

  • Zanard Bell

    Just don’t zip up the dick, Pete.

  • Snorlaxation

    You have to remember, few if any Mature themes (like character development) would be allowed under the Disney umbrella.
    None of the plot is actually complicated, just convoluted, to make up for what is and isn’t allowed.

  • Snorlaxation

    but all of that backlash only fuels them more, or provides them with more evidence they choose to use. Some of the shit they claim isn’t wrong. Not all of them are Anita-levels of bullshit stirrer.

  • LordKaizer

    Translation: nomura is hack and can’t write good story and characters.

  • Snorlaxation

    i can’t deny nor confirm that. The development may be lacking, and (thanks to disney) any sense of risk or stakes are a moot point, that only leaves the characters, whom I love. The plot has some interesting aspects, but overall, if you don’t like the characters, then this games has nothing for you but solid gameplay (and since this isn’t bomberman or something, that’s not nearly enough for something like this.)

  • Cthulha Mel’fgt’er’ra

    Well, it *is* a skirt, which is more than what some female characters wear,,,


    or is it a…trap??

  • Grave Knight

    Just how long as Kingdom Hearts III been delayed out of spite?

  • Bunny-Boo

    Make a game called “Kingdom Zippers”, where every zipper has a heart.

  • oh, kingdom hearts lll is delayed :^)

  • SiliconNooB

    I hope he delays FFVIIR – permanently!

  • Bunny-Boo

    I agree!

  • Gaia Mix

    Maybe that’s why the KH lore is so complex and all about heart, soul, body, light, and darkness. Because someone teased Nomura-san about the story not making sense!

  • Keldroc

    An art style that cunningly replicates a lack of skill. Very daring.

  • Damian Powers

    Does anyone know of him?