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Junichi Murakami (村上 純一 Murakami Junichi?) is a Japanese game designer, director and producer. He is mostly known for his work on Konami's long running Castlevania series of video games and made his debut as director for the 2003 Game Boy Advance game, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.

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Murakami had been working at Konami since at least 1994, being credited in the Sega CD and Mega Drive game Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters, as well as the Mega Drive version of Animaniacs. His first involvement in the Castlevania series would come with minor credits for both Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in 1997, and Castlevania Chronicles in 2001.

In 2003, Murakami would hold the role of director for the Game Boy Advance game Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, along with veteran series' producer, Koji Igarashi. He would also serve as director for the 2006 Castlevania: Double Pack, which bundled Aria of Sorrow with Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.

Murakami also served as director and producer of the 2005 game Oz (known outside of Japan as The Sword of Etheria), which makes a few references to Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, as well as other Konami games from the era.

His last recorded Konami credit was as producer for the 2009 crossover fighting game Sunday vs Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen.

On July 24, 2020, Murakami was revealed as a producer and art director for the upcoming crowdfunded title Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, which is considered to be a spiritual successor of Konami's classic Suikoden series.

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