Atsushi Ōkubo

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Atsushi Ōkubo
Born (1979-09-20) September 20, 1979 (age 41)
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Soul Eater
Fire Force

Atsushi Ōkubo (Japanese: 大久保 篤, Hepburn: Ōkubo Atsushi, born September 20, 1979), also romanized as Atsushi Ohkubo, is a Japanese manga author and fantasy artist known for his work on the manga series Soul Eater and Fire Force, both of which have been adapted into anime. Okubo worked as an assistant under Rando Ayamine, on the manga series GetBackers.[1] He also created some artworks for the video game TCG Lord of Vermilion, as well as some character designs in Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer.


Ōkubo was not a model student and was more attracted to drawing than to learning. At the age of 20, after finishing studies at a manga school where he met Rando Ayamine, the artist of GetBackers, he became Ayamine's assistant for two years. Finally, he won a competition at Square Enix's Gangan magazine with his first manga series B. Ichi and it was published in four volumes. After the end of his last manga, he created Soul Eater, still for Gangan, which brought him worldwide success.[2] After that, he explored a little bit more of Soul Eater's world in Soul Eater Not!, a side-story to the main series that ended in 5 volumes. In 2015, he started working on Fire Force, published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, making it the first weekly manga Ōkubo has done.[3] In May 2020, Ōkubo announced that Fire Force will be his final manga.[4]


  • B. Ichi (B壱) (2001–2002) – Writer, artist
  • Soul Eater (ソウルイーター, Sōru Ītā) (2004–2013) – Writer, artist
  • Soul Eater Not! (ソウルイーターノット!, Sōru Ītā Notto!) (2011–2014) – Writer, artist
  • Fire Force (炎炎ノ消防隊, En'en no Shōbōtai) (2015 –ongoing) – Writer, artist



  1. ^ "Interview – Atsushi Ohkubo". (in French). 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  2. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2014-12-31). "Soul Eater's Ohkubo Plans to Announce New Series in 2015". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ "Atsushi Ohkubo and Mamoru Miyano Interview". Weekly Shōnen Magazine. No. 43. Kodansha. 2016-10-05. pp. 165–166. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  4. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 17, 2020). "Atsushi Ohkubo Hints Fire Force Manga is Near Finale, Will be His Final Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 1, 2020.

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