Takeshi Obata

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Takeshi Obata
Born (1969-02-11) February 11, 1969 (age 45)
Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Manga artist, Game artist, Artist, Illustrator, Penciller, Inker

Takeshi Obata (小畑 健 Obata Takeshi?, born February 11, 1969) is a Japanese manga artist. He works as the artist in collaboration with a writer. He has also mentored several manga artists, including Kentaro Yabuki of Black Cat fame, Nobuhiro Watsuki of Rurouni Kenshin and Buso Renkin, and Yusuke Murata of Eyeshield 21.

He originally became noticed in 1985 when he took a prize in the Tezuka Award for his one shot 500 Kōnen no shinwa.[1] Joining the Weekly Shonen Jump staff, he mentored under Makoto Niwano before starting his first major series, writing and drawing Cyborg Jii-chan G in 1989. Having difficulty for several years in finding a hit, Obata began collaborating with other writers

He is most well known as the artist of Hikaru no Go, for which he received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000[2] and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2003, and Death Note. Obata is rare among shōnen artists not only for the detail of his drawings, but in his penchant for fashion;[citation needed] the characters he draws often wear stylish clothes and trendy items like the latest fashionable scarf, tie or handbag.

He has served as the artist of Blue Dragon Ral Grad, a manga adaptation of the fantasy video game, Blue Dragon from December 2006 to July 2007.

In the fall of 2007, he drew a short story, Hello Baby, with writer Masanori Morita, which appeared in Jump Square.[3] This was followed by a one-shot manga with Nisio Isin. His most recent series, written by Tsugumi Ohba, was Bakuman, which ran from August 2008 to April 2012.

In addition to his manga work, he has also done character design work for the video game Castlevania Judgment, as well as illustrating several light novels.


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  1. ^ "手塚賞・赤塚賞 歴代受賞者リスト" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  2. ^ "小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  3. ^ [1]

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