Ikeda was born in Miyazaki in 1976. His first work, Kiruto, debuted in 2002 in Monthly Shōnen Jump. It is described as a "four-volume magical warrior fantasy series".Rosario + Vampire debuted in Monthly Shōnen Jump in March 2004 and continues in Jump Square (Jump SQ) as Rosario+Vampire: Season II.Rosario has been adapted into a drama CD and anime series, as well as some video games. He has mentioned having the same editor since he was 16 until the beginning of volume 7 of Rosario. In the March 2014 issue, Ikeda concluded the Rosario series.
Ikeda has mentioned that he has been a huge fan of vampires and monsters since he was a child. He also enjoys reading detective novels from "Holmes, Lupin, Kindaichi, Nijyumenso and the like". In an interview at Lucca Comics 2012, Ikeda says he is a big fan of Tim Burton and was inspired by his works, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, and particularly Edward Scissorhands because the monster has a sensitive soul. He had researched various monsters from the encyclopedias and the Internet. His first character design for Rosario was Moka Akashiya, a beautiful girl vampire with a crucifix around her neck; he then created the school of monsters and Tsukune afterwards. He credits the beautiful girls for the series' popularity but added the fighting elements. After the first series ended with the retirement of the Monthly Shōnen Jump magazine, and with the serialization in a second magazine, Jump Square, he retitled the second series to give it a sense of renewal.
^ abcThe publisher's brief biography for Ikeda has a few discrepancies: It claims he was born in 1977 and that Rosario + Vampire debuted in March 2002, although it has a series publish date of 2004. - "Akihisa Ikeda". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 2013-12-10. However, in Season II, the bio is corrected to show he was born in 1976, the Kiruto debut in 2002, and the series debut in March 2004.
^ abcRosario + Vampire manga Volume 1, author's profile