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Akira Okada (岡田 昭, Okada Akira) is the assistant director, game designer and assistant director for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES, and a character mentioned in the Lemniscate YouTube series. He would later go on to become the main director for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative.

He's known for previously working alongside Kotaro Uchikoshi, the director of AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES and scenario writer of nirvanA Initiative, on the game Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, serving as the game designer.


Okada began working at Spike Chunsoft, with his first known work as one of the writers for Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls in 2014. He eventually worked as the game designer of Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, directed by Kotaro Uchikoshi, working mostly for the escape puzzle scenarios. The following year he worked on Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, the modern ports of the first two games in the series, as an editor.

Okada was later assigned as Assistant Director for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES, along with retaining the role of Game Designer. After working with Uchikoshi on his previous game, he gained more confidence in his abilities and began focusing in delivering a game experience that could match the quality and style of Uchikoshi's.

With Uchikoshi's departure from Spike Chunsoft, Okada took over as series Director into production of AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative.


Lemniscate YouTube Series
Uchikoshi Introduces Net Idol A-set! Tesa's Top 3 Favorite Snacks and Mascots! Tesa Visits Maid Cafe Sunfish Pocket! There's No Way This Trespassing Idol Can Be This Cute! Tesa's Matsushita Diner Review! Omelet Rice Edition! A-set Reservations Unknown
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6 rw nw prt m hrw A-set's GDC All-Access Convention Report! Sneaking Into ABIS! Exploring a Dreamworld! This Is Your Idol
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Zanki Zero Let's Play! Can Tesa Survive the Ruins?! It’s time to talk about the Cyclops Case (might lose subscribers for this...) My 10-Day Vacation Diary AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Let's Play! Detective Tesa! That Time I Got Forced To Do Impressions by an Egyptian God Tesa's Spirited Away Adventure: Picture Book Edition!
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Tesa Answers Over 30 Questions at Super Speed! "Invincible Rainbow Arrow" Dance feat. Mizuki, Ota, and...White Horse Woman?! Sneak Peek at AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES LE/Day One Edition! You Won't Believe the Friend I Just Made! Graduation A-set's AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Exclusive Launch Day Let's Play
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AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Let's Play Part 2! Ota is here!!!


Year Title Role Notes
Director Assistant Director Game Designer
2014 Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Credited as Writer
2016 Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Yes Focused on escape scenarios
2017 Zero Escape: The Nonary Games Credited as Editor
2022 AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative Yes Took over for Kotaro Uchikoshi


  • According to an interview, Okada was influenced by the choice-based adventure works of Life is Strange, Detroit: Become HumanHeavy Rain, and the Walking Dead games when developing the concept and design for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES.
  • His page on the database website Moby Games credits him for the games D (Dの食卓, lit. D's Dining Table) by Warp Inc. as Sales Manager and Maria: Kimitachi ga Umareta Wake (マリア 君たちが生まれた理由, lit. Maria: The Reason You Were Born) by Axela as Project Supervisor. It's unclear if the "Akira Okada" credited there is the same one who eventually worked at Spike Chunsoft, as there would be a nearly 20 year gap between his supposed known works Maria (1997) and Zero Time Dilemma (2016).