Creator / Chiaki Konaka
Chiaki Konaka is a writer of several notable anime, best known as the head writer of Digimon Tamers
and Serial Experiments Lain
. Things to look out for in his work are cosmic horror stories
, references to H.P. Lovecraft
(outside of his anime work, he actually has written a few Cthulhu Mythos
stories) and, if the series involves a connection between the real world and Cyberspace
, the names Alice, Reika, and Juri.
When his name is presented in a western context, it's typically rendered as "Chiaki J. Konaka"; he adopted the "J" initial for this purpose. This is downright unusual in that Japanese names simply do not have middle names, nor does the "J" have anything to do with the kanji comprising his name, nor is it even explicitly stated to be short for anything...
... until he confirmed in a 2015 interview
that the "J" really was just a joke all along
, comes from the simple name of John, and that he mainly used it to credit himself just to make his name look cool.
These days, he's mostly writing novels and has not been involved in the anime or video game industries since the mid-2000s. He has stated that he will return to anime in 2016.
He has a website: Alice6