Takao Aoki

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Takao Aoki (青木 たかお Aoki Takao?) is a Japanese manga artist[1] from Tochigi Prefecture.


Aoki went to Chiyoda[disambiguation needed] Art school and took a special course in manga. He currently resides in Kamakura, Kanagawa. He works for Shogakukan. His new manga is called X-Zone. He has worked on character designs on several video games. He creates manga published in Shogakukan magazine. There are rumors that he made a Zoids manga known as "Tekkai!Zoids".[citation needed]


Aoki's best known work is Beyblade, which became a franchise around children who battle with spinning tops. He also made "Bakufu Slash;Kizna", "A War Story of Metal Walker" and "Mini-4WD Fighter V". Most of Aoki's manga revolve around video games or toys.

  • Bakuten Shoot Beyblade = Beigoma (a Japanese spinning top game)
  • Bakufu Slash! Kizna Arashi = Based on the PS2 video game. In this game, a boy named Arashi has a blue dragon as a monster partner which he controls with an item called the Demon Seal Nail. Arashi's element is wind as he has a white cloth on his arm as proof of his element. His rival is Enn, who has a dragon named Blade and has a fire element with a flame on his arm as proof of his element. His girlfriend is named Mika. This is an SCEJ game only released in Japan. The official site is http://www.jp.playstation.com/scej/title/kizna/index.html
  • A War Story of Metal Walker = Based on the computer game
  • Mini-4WD Fighter = Based on the car racing game


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