Hey Hey Thursday – Who are your favorite anime or manga illustrators?

Range Murata illustration

I could use a lot of help from you my dear readers and friends to introduce me to your favorite anime or manga illustrators. Sure, I enjoy anime but almost all the time, I’m not familiar with the artists who did the character designs.

Aside from the really famous ones like Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy) and Hayao Miyazaki (Ghibli), I can think of a few because I love the figures that came out which are based on their illustrations. Shunya Yamashita, Range Murata and Tony Taka’s illustrations are probably the most memorable to me.

I have written about Shunya Yamashita here and here.

Shunya Yamashita Sweet Dreams

Though sometimes his illustrations are too sexy for my liking, I really admire how beautiful Shunya Yamashita’s characters are. I think you can immediately recognize a Shunya artwork, the pin-up style, the facial features that has a somewhat human feel to it, I think he can recreate any character and make it look like his original. Take for example his Bishoujo series collaboration with Marvel and Koto, they look cute and sexy but still convincing enough to be superheroes. I also like the Creators’ Labo characters.

Shunya Yamashita Non Non Bishoujo series

Reminiscent of steampunk, Range Murata’s characters are really interesting. They can be dark yet vibrant, sexy and mature but youthful, they are a wonderful contrast of sorts. Best known for the series Last Exile and Shangri-la, I think you can expect stylish and beautiful characters from Range since he also designs clothes and accessories.

Alvis and Lavie Last Exile

The ‘Shining’ series characters introduced Tony Taka to me. When I first saw a Kureha figure at an anime convention, I looked for more info about her. Then one by one, I saw figures of Blanc Neige, Kanon Seena, Houmei and Maxima Enfield, they’re all wonderful, elaborate and I was really amazed of beautiful they are.

Tony Taka Illustration

Maxima Enfield Megurine Luka Tony Taka

Tony’s version of Megurine Luka and Hatsune Miku are just as pretty. The upcoming Mistral Nereis figure from Alter is also something to look forward to.

Mistral Nereis Alter 1/8

So tell me about your favorite artists. Do you have figures based on their illustrations? ^^

Images via store.kotous.com, yamatotoysusa.com, kisuki.net, animeartbooks.net, ninjacrunch.com, blog.livedoor.jp/alter_info

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4 Responses to “Hey Hey Thursday – Who are your favorite anime or manga illustrators?”


  1. Nopy says:

    My favourites:
    Aoi Nishimata
    Hiro Suzuhira
    Kantoku
    Buriki

    1. xine says:

      Aoi Nishimata’s style somewhat reminds me of Little Busters.

      So the artist behind the much talked about anime Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai was Buriki. ^^ Characters are so pretty but I didn’t get through the first episode ^^;

      Thanks for sharing your favorites, Nopy!

  2. Fabrice says:

    Oi Noppy!
    Aoi nishimata is mine!
    She is actually the first one i fell in love with after looking at her work under jokertype.
    Series she did like Shuffle is really nice, it is still one of my favorites. her work as well in visual novels is also wonderful. I played nearly all of them,most recently Oratchi ni tsubasawa nai.

    Other illustrators ayakura juu is also admired especially for his work on Spice and Wolf! Holo is just so wonderful!

    1. xine says:

      I knew that you’d mention the artist who created Holo! ^^


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