Kentaro Yabuki

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Kentaro Yabuki
Born (1980-02-04) February 4, 1980 (age 34)
Kōchi, Japan
Occupation Manga artist
Nationality Japanese
Period 1997–present
Genres Shōnen
Subjects Manga
Notable work(s) Black Cat

Kentaro Yabuki (矢吹 健太朗 Yabuki Kentarō?, born February 4, 1980 in Kōchi, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist. His mentor was Takeshi Obata, the illustrator of Death Note, Hikaru no Go and Bakuman.

Yabuki is best known for his series Black Cat which ran from 2000 to 2004 in Weekly Shōnen Jump and later adapted into an anime.[1] Both were released in North America.[2] Upon its ending, Yabuki expressed desire to make a sequel from the series, or make its characters reappear in another work.[3] Since 2004, he has only been working as illustrator to works written by other authors, most notably on the series To Love-Ru -Trouble- alongside his former assistant Saki Hasemi.

Yabuki has stated that everything he learned about drawing manga, he learned from Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball. He even admitted that his first publication in Jump was not his own work but actually an illustration combining, or rather fusing together, Gohan and Trunks that he sent in to a 1995 contest and won a prize for.[4]



  1. ^ "Black Cat 20" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Black Cat, Vol. 20". Viz Media. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ Yabuki, Kentaro (2009). Black Cat, Volume 20. Viz Media. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-4215-2379-8. 
  4. ^ Suzuki, Haruhiko, ed. (2003-12-19). "5: Dragon Ball Children". Dragon Ball Landmark (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 174. ISBN 4-08-873478-5. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "矢吹 健太朗" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 

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