Virtual East

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Virtual East Corporation (株式会社バーチャル・イースト) was established in Osaka on October 26, 1990 [1], by Ken Sawai (澤井健; aka Ken Roger Sawai [2]), originally as a multimedia production company involving local musicians and CG artists. [3] At the time, Sawai was president of Plus One, an architectural computer graphics firm in Osaka. [4]

The name "Virtual East" allegedly came from composer Yoshitaka Azuma (東祥高), Virtual East's first president; Azuma is the archaic Japanese word for "east." [5] Azuma was eventually replaced as president by Sawai. [6]

Virtual East later moved to Tokyo [7] [8], seemingly sometime between 1998 and 1999. [9] [10] Sawai passed away on August 13, 2001, at the age of 42. [11] Programmer Yasuhiko Takashiba (高芝泰彦) would become president of the company. [12] (Takashiba previously worked at Jaleco, Bitbox, and Coreland.)

Research Methods: Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff


  • Seventh Cross / Seventh Cross Evolution (some graphics) (JP Publisher: NEC Interchannel; US Publisher: UFO Interactive)
  • Tricolore Crise (some graphics) (JP Publisher: Victor Interactive Software)


  • Mainichi Suteki! Hello Kitty no Life Kit (main programming, European language version port) (JP Publisher: Dorasu)
  • Puzzle Series: Jigsaw Puzzle Oden-kun 2 (main programming of 3D screens, production of three mini-games) (JP Publisher: Hudson)

Game Boy Color

  • Minnie & Friends: Yume no Kuni o Sagashite (JP Publisher: Hudson) [13]


  • Home Land (some player characters, modeling of most characters, motion creation) (JP Publisher: Chunsoft)

Hybrid (Macintosh/Windows)

  • Kaleide[K] KIRI MATSUURA WORKS 1983-1994 (JP Publisher: Virtual East Corporation) [14] [15] [16]
  • Paradise Rescue (JP Publisher: Tonkin House) [17]
  • Inukai Takashi no Manyo Jikijo Kiko (JP Publisher: Kansai TV) [18]
Game Graphics: Fame Imagination; Some Computer Graphics, Authoring Cooperation: Plus One; Some Computer Graphics?: Plum Studio


  • Space Berserker (some computer graphics) (JP/US Publisher: Pioneer)
Developer: Denno Shokai; Some Computer Graphics: Plus One, Data Builder; Sound Design: Noise


  • The Seven Colors: Legend of PSY・S City (JP Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment)
Computer Graphics: Plus One; Sound Effects: Ongakukan; Supervision: AD Project, CS Artists, New Business Development (SME)
  • Tri-3D-Trial (JP Publisher: Virtual East Corporation)

PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-CD

  • 3x3 Eyes: Sanjiyan Henjou (music) (JP Publisher: NEC)


  • Shin Megami Tensei if... (some graphics) (JP Publisher: Atlus)
  • Shin Megami Tensei II (JP Publisher: Atlus) [19]
Some Graphics: Team OX

PlayStation 2

  • Cool Boarders: Code Alien (character modeling support) (JP Publisher: UEP Systems)
  • Kamaitachi no Yoru 2 (character modeling, animation, background object modeling) (JP Publisher: Chunsoft)
  • The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigi no Dungeon (3D dungeon automatic generation system) (JP Publisher: Arika; US Publisher: Namco)
  • Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder (level art support) (US/EU Publisher: Activision; JP Publisher: Success)
  • Yumeria (opening) (JP Publisher: Namco)

PlayStation Portable

  • Elminage Original: Yami no Miko to Kamigami no Yubiwa / Elminage Original (some programming) (JP Publisher: Starfish; US Publisher: UFO Interactive; EU Publisher: Ghostlight)
Some Programming: Opera House; Sound: Basiscape
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA (some background CG production) (JP/AS/KR Publisher: Sega)
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd (some graphics) (JP Publisher: Sega)
  • Lost Regnum: Makutsu no Koutei / Warriors of the Lost Empire (dungeon system programming; under subcontract with ISCO?) (AS/JP/KR Publisher: Ertain; US Publisher: UFO Interactive; EU Publisher: V.2 Play) [20]
Developer: Goshow; Programming: Platinum Egg; Additional Programming: New; Some Additional 3D Art: Digital Zero; Music, Sound Effects: Ancient


  • PokePark Wii: Pikachu no Daibouken / PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (some background CG production) (JP/EU/AU/US Publisher: Nintendo)


  • Sengoku Kanji Maru (JP Publisher: Media Navigation)
  • Voice Techou [voice recognition desktop tool] (JP Publisher: Media Navigation)