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