Hiroyuki Takei

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Hiroyuki Takei
Born Takei Hiroyuki
武井宏之

(1972-05-15) May 15, 1972 (age 41)
Yomogita, Aomori, Japan
Occupation Manga artist
Years active 1994—Present
Employer Shueisha
Known for Shaman King
Relatives Hirofumi Takei (武井 宏文, brother)
Awards 48th Tezuka Award with an honorable mention for Anna the Itako.

Hiroyuki Takei (武井 宏之 Takei Hiroyuki?, born May 15, 1972 in Yomogita, Aomori Prefecture) is a Japanese manga artist, best known as the creator of the manga and anime Shaman King.

Career[edit]

Hiroyuki Takei started drawing manga with writer EXIAD on SD Département Store Series which they created for a fanzine. Early in his career, he became the assistant to Tamakichi Sakura on The Form of Happiness (しあわせのかたち Shiawase no Katachi?) as Turtle-san (カメさん Kame-san?) in 1992 and Kōji Kiriyama (Ninku). At that time, he also submitted his first yomikiri Dragdoll Group to the Tezuka Award but was rejected. In 1994, Takei submitted his short story Anna the Itako to the 94th Tezuka Award and won the honorable mention. He was later introduced to Nobuhiro Watsuki and became his assistant along with Eiichiro Oda on Rurouni Kenshin.

Takei published his short story Death Zero in Weekly Shōnen Jump Winter Special and Butsu Zone in the Summer Special of 1996. A reworked version of Butsu Zone became his first manga series published in Weekly Shōnen Jump of 1997. Takei's longest running series, Shaman King began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1998, though was forced to conclude in 2004. In 2007, Takei returned three years after the conclusion of Shaman King with a new Weekly Shōnen Jump series; Jumbor Barutronica. Set in the distant future, construction workers pilot mecha. One of them is killed and his memories are implanted in his clone, a thirty year old man in a five year old superpowered construction tool body. The series was canceled after ten issues and released in one volume.

During the Jump Festa 2008, Shueisha announced a kanzenban reprint of Shaman King. This release reprinted the entire series in 27 volumes complete with new covers while concluding the never-before-published "true ending." On March 4, 2008, Japanese publisher Shūeisha announced that Takei would be collaborating on Karakuri Dôji Ultimo with American comic creator Stan Lee. The project launched with the new Jump SQ.II (Jump Square Second) spinoff manga magazine on April 18, 2008. The announcement of the partnership was made in the April issue of Jump Square magazine.[1]

As of 2010, Takei is working on two monthly series Jumbor, written by Hiromasa Mikami (御上 裕真 Mikami Hiromasa?) and Karakuri Dôji Ultimo with Stan Lee.[2]

Inspiration[edit]

In an interview with Shonen Jump he stated that his favorite manga by other authors included Taiyo Kosoku by Baru, Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura, and Hellboy by Mike Mignola. He also cites American comic books, Mecha Anime, Hirohiko Araki of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fame, and Osamu Tezuka as influences.

Works[edit]

Serializations[edit]

From To English Translated Title Serialized in Volumes Information
1997 1997 Butsu Zone Weekly Shōnen Jump 3 tankōbon, 2 kanzenban
1998 2004 Shaman King Weekly Shōnen Jump 32 tankōbon, 27 kanzenban Final kanzenban released in 2009 with previously unpublished material.
2007 2007 Jumbor Barutronica Weekly Shōnen Jump 1 tankōbon, 2 kanzenban
2009 Karakuri Dôji Ultimo Jump SQ (2009—2011), Jump SQ.19 (2012—) 10 tankōbon Stan Lee (concept)
2010 Jumbor Ultra Jump 7 tankōbon Hiromasa Mikami (writer)
2012 Shaman King Flowers Jump X 4 tankōbon

One-shots[edit]

Year English Translated Title Featured in Information Included in
1994 Anna the Itako 48th Tezuka Award, honorable mention Butsu Zone volume 3
1996 Death Zero Weekly Shōnen Jump Winter Special Butsu Zone volume 2
1996 Butsu Zone Weekly Shōnen Jump Summer Special Butsu Zone volume 1
2003 Exotica Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue #40 Shaman King volume 27
2009 Karakuri Dôji Ultimo:0 Jump SQ. II (Second) Stan Lee (concept)
2009 Jumbor Ultra Jump #11 Hiromasa Mikami (writer) Jumbor kanzenban volume 1
2010 Jumbor — The Desert With a Floor Heater Ultra Jump #3 Hiromasa Mikami (writer) Jumbor kanzenban volume 2
2011 Little Battlers eXperience — Kaidō Jin Gaiden CoroCoro G Winter Issue Credited as HIRO
2011 Little Battlers eXperience — Boost Gaiden CoroCoro G Summer Issue Credited as HIRO

Shaman King specials[edit]

Year English Translated Title Featured in Included in
1999 Funbari Poem Akamaru Jump Summer Shaman King volume 5
2000 Funbari Poem — 2000 Akamaru Jump Winter Shaman King volume 7
2000 Funbari Poem — 3000 Leagues to Funbari Hill Akamaru Jump Spring Shaman King volume 9
2000 Funbari Poem — Four Leaf Clover Akamaru Jump Summer Shaman King volume 10
2001 Funbari Poem — Rokujizō Night Akamaru Jump Winter Shaman King volume 13
2001 Funbari Poem — Secrets of the Star Festival Akamaru Jump Spring Shaman King volume 14
2001 Funbari Poem — 8mm Cinema Paradise Akamaru Jump Winter Shaman King volume 29
2002 Funbari Poem: The Bloom of Youth - Mickey's World Akamaru Jump Spring/Summer Shaman King volume 30
2003 Funbari Poem: The Bloom of Youth - Mickey's World, Part 2 Akamaru Jump Winter Shaman King volume 31
2003 Funbari Poem: Chapter 1 — Prologue Akamaru Jump Spring Shaman King volume 32, kanzenban 22
2003 Funbari Poem: Chapter 2 — Legendary Warrior Akamaru Jump Summer Shaman King volume 32, kanzenban 23
2004 Funbari Poem: Chapter 3 — Lost Child Akamaru Jump Winter Shaman King volume 32, kanzenban 24
2004 Funbari Poem: Chapter 4 — Trying Hard Akamaru Jump Spring Shaman King volume 32, kanzenban 25
2004 Funbari Poem: Chapter 5 — Funbari Poem Akamaru Jump Summer Shaman King volume 32, kanzenban 26
2004 Mappa Dōji Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue #18 Shaman King kanzenban 25
2011 Shaman King 0 — New Shimane Paradise Jump X Issue #5 Shaman King 0 volume 1
2012 Shaman King 0 — Tears of the Ren Jump X Issue #6 Shaman King 0 volume 1
2012 Shaman King 0 — Dresses with Wolves Jump X Issue #7 Shaman King 0 volume 1
2012 Shaman King 0 — A Little Wicker Man Jump X Issue #8 Shaman King 0 volume 1
2012 Shaman King 0 — Matagawa Under the Bridge/Gag of New York Jump X Issue #9 Shaman King 0 volume 1
2012 Yahabe Jump SQ 9

Fanzines[edit]

  • SD Departement Store Series (SD百貨店シリーズ "SD Hyakkaten Series"?)
  • Jumbor Japon (Self-published and sold out at Comiket 73)

Unreleased[edit]

  • Thunder of Judgement (裁きの雷 "Sabaki no ikazuchi"?) (Concept/Script:EXIAD)
  • Dragdoll Group (ドラグドール団 "Doragudōru dan"?) (Rejected submission for the Tezuka Awards)

Character design[edit]

  • Anna Kyoyama from Shaman King is the mascot for the police station in the Aomori Prefecture.[3]
  • Smash Bomber (スマッシュボマー?) was a series of toys and a manga created for Takara Tomy. Takei was hired as art supervisor and one of his assistants, Daigo Katō (加藤 大悟 Katō Daigo?) drew the manga which ran in V-Jump during issue number 8 to 10 in 2006. The series was canceled after 3 chapters and never met the intended 197 pages announced in the first chapter.
  • Takei did the character design of Hanhel Tsunagin (ハンヘル・ツナーギン Hanheru Tsunāgin?) and his axe True Hash for Phantasy Star Portable 2.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marvel's Stan Lee, Shaman King's Takei to Join Forces (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Tenjho Tenge, Shigurui Manga Ending in Japan". Anime News Network. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Police station, Aomori Prefecture". 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Phantasy Star Portable 2". Sega. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 

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