Noizi Ito (いとうのいぢ, Itō Noiji, or Noiji Ito) (born August 9, 1977) is a Japanese manga and game artist from Hyōgo, Japan. She is employed by the H-game maker UNiSONSHIFT and is a part of the circle Fujitsubo-Machine. Unlike most romanized Japanese words and names, Noizi Ito's name uses the Kunrei-shiki romanization form.
Ito is well known for her work as the character designer and artist for the Shakugan no Shana novel series which spawned a manga and anime series. She has also worked on the Haruhi Suzumiya series along with its author Nagaru Tanigawa. Their work has also led to an anime titled after the first book in the series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She is also the character designer for the 2012 anime series Another.
Ito first began creating characters around the time she graduated from middle school. She grew up at a time when fighting games were popular with her and her classmates and developed an interest beyond just controlling the characters, in the aethestics and design of characters. After purchasing a book on breaking into the industry, Ito began going for job interviews at Osaka-based companies near to home such as Capcom. She made it past the initial round, however did not get the job and in the end found a job working for Softpal on visual novels.
She has recently started a manga series called Bee-be-beat it! which was introduced in volume 1 of the Dragon Age Pure magazine. She has worked on three adult game projects for UNiSONSHIFT Blossom. The first was Nanatsuiro Drops, released in 2006, followed by the Alice in Wonderland themed Alice Parade, released in 2007, and Flyable Heart, released in 2009. She also was the artist in the adult games Peace@Pieces, Forget Me Not, and also Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe, all under the UNiSONSHIFT label. Outside of UNiSONSHIFT, she has recently worked as one of the illustrators for Flight-Plan's DS game Shining Force Feather.
- Be-reave (1999)
- Wasurenagusa Forget-Me-Not (2002)
- Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe (2003)
- Peace@Pieces (2004)
- Nanatsuiro Drops (2006)
- Alice Parade (2007)
- Flyable Heart (2009)
- Kimi no Nagori wa Shizuka ni Yurete (2010)
- FlyableCandy Heart (2011)
- The Guided Fate Paradox (2013)
- The Guided Fate Cross Thesis (2014)
- Shining Force Feather (2009)
- Fire Emblem Heroes (2017)
Over the years, Fujitsubo-Machine has produced several art books featuring art by Noizi Ito. The publishing company MediaWorks published Guren: Ito Noizi Art Collection (いとうのいぢ画集「紅蓮」) on January 27, 2005. Kaen: Ito Noizi Art Collection II (いとうのいぢ画集 II「華焔」) was released on August 7, 2007. Sōen: Ito Noizi Art Collection III (いとうのいぢ画集 III「蒼炎」) was released on August 10, 2009. Haruhi-ism Ito Noizi Illustration (いとうのいぢ画集 ハルヒ主義) was released on April 30, 2009. The Ito Noizi Art Collection Haruhi Hyakka (いとうのいぢ画集 ハルヒ百花) was released on May 1, 2013.
Ito stated that she enjoys drawing because "the first thing players are attracted to is the game's art". Many of these games take place in the emotionally charged world of high school and Ito draws from her own experiences. Although she has designed several very successful characters, Ito stated that she draws her inspiration from anything by which she comes. She described the midpoint between a young female and adult body where it resembles their male counterparts and simultaneously are on the cusp of becoming a full-fledged woman as being the form she likes the best and enjoys drawing the most. Ito stated that since all women have been high school girls at one point and enjoy reminiscing about those times, noting that "being a highschool girl is probably the best time in a girl's life."