Katsuya Terada

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Katsuya Terada
Born (1963-12-07) December 7, 1963 (age 58)
OccupationIllustrator and cartoonist

Katsuya Terada (寺田 克也, Terada Katsuya, born December 7, 1963), is a Japanese illustrator and cartoonist from the town of Tamano, Okayama. His alias is the portmanteau Rakugakingu (ラクガキング, "Doodle King").


Katsuya Terada is probably best known around the world as the character designer for the Japanese animated film Blood: The Last Vampire. He has also done work related to American comics, such as Iron Man and Hellboy (one of his illustrations was used for an official statuette of Hellboy). He also made additional contributions to early issues of Nintendo Power, including a special edition Strategy Guide for Dragon Warrior and artwork for The Legend of Zelda. In Japan, he was responsible for the original character designs for the Tantei Jingūji Saburō mystery adventure video game series, and has worked prolifically on the series, most consistently as the cover illustration artist.[1]

He was in charge of the book cover and illustrations for the Kimaira series written by Baku Yumemakura, and was in charge of cover design and illustrations for Garōden, Shin Majugari, and Yamigarishi as well.

Terada has defined himself as a "rakugaki" artist, more of a philosophy than a style of drawing, in which one draws a little everywhere, all the time, without thinking too much, on notebooks etc. He is a very prolific artist; one of his collections of sketches numbers more than 1000 pages, appropriately called RakugaKing.[2]

He has done very little group-drawn work (an exception being the comic The Monkey King), his principal activities being illustration and character design.

His use of CG tools is integrated very well in his illustrations, giving his work a vivid and rich appearance. He has admitted various influences on his work, particularly European ones, like Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) and the magazine Métal hurlant which he has said gave him a taste for strong women who are slightly stripped.[3]

Terada has done illustrations for a book by film historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski that is included in a Godzilla Criterion box set along with other illustrators such as Takashi Okazaki.[4]


Illustration collections[edit]

Romaji Title Japanese Title Release Date ISBN
戦国自衛隊1549 05-20-05 ISBN 4-04-873614-0
Work Jam Licensed Detective Saburō Jingūji - Artbook: Detective File ワークジャム公認探偵神宮寺三郎DETECTIVE FILE 02-05 ISBN 4-7572-1136-8
Katsuya Terada & Stapa & Gabin - Photobook: John Symmetry ジョン・シンメトリー 06-04 ISBN 4-947752-63-7
Busin 0 – Character & World Guide for the game Busin 0 寺田克也グラフィックス 03-31-04 ISBN 4-7577-1852-7
Paint Visual Works Poster Book 彩京ビジュアルワークスポスターブック 05-03 ISBN 4-89829-882-6
Shashou 車掌 04-03 ISBN 4-434-03067-1
Lemni3003 Imada Minu Megamitachi E Lemni3003 未だ見ぬ女神たちへ 12-19-02 ISBN 4-334-90106-9
Terada Katsuya Presents - Rakuda Ga Warau ラクダが笑う 11-02 ISBN 4-89829-866-4
Painter bon! ペインタボン! 07-02 ISBN 4-947752-22-X
RakugaKing 寺田克也ラクガキング 01-23-02 ISBN 4-7572-0885-5
Bitch's Life Illustration File ビッチズ・ライフイラストレーションファイル 01-01 ISBN 978-4-7661-1209-2
Terada Katsuya Poster Book 寺田克也ポスターブック 12-00 ISBN 4-06-345073-2
Terra's Cover Girls カバー・ガールズ 11-00 ISBN 4-89829-813-3
Zenbu – The Complete Works 寺田克也全部―寺田克也全仕事集 10-99 ISBN 4-06-330083-8
Saiyukiden Daienou (Monkey King) Vol.1 西遊奇伝大猿王 12-98 ISBN 4-08-782575-2
Devil Man 1999 デビルマン1999 11-98 ISBN 4-06-330067-6
Virtua Fighter 2 - Ten Stories バーチャファイター2テンストーリーズ 03-97 ISBN 4-89366-684-3
Chotto Furukute Ii Kuruma Nya Norazu Ni Irarenai ! ちょっとフルくてイイくるまにゃのらずにいられないっ! 10-94 ISBN 4-418-94405-2

Works Published in English[edit]

Title Release Date ISBN
The Monkey King Volume 1 09-25-05 ISBN 1-59307-304-6


English Title Credit
Blood: The Last Vampire 3d cgi, character design
Cutie Honey concept artist, costume design
Devilman (live action) concept artist
Godzilla: Final Wars (live action) Designer: Monster X
The Great Yokai War: Guardians yōkai designer [with Junya Inoue and Hiromitsu Soma][5]

Video games (character and world design)[edit]

Title Platform
Tantei Jingūji Saburō series FDS, NES, SS, PS, PS2, 3DS, PS4, Switch
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land PS2
Busin 0 PS2
Sangokushi PS2
Street Golfer PS2
The Legend of Bishin Super Famicom
Battle K-Road Arcade
The Fallen Angels/Daraku Tenshi Arcade
Sol Divide - Sword of Darkness Arcade
Virtua Fighter Remix Sega Saturn
The Legend of Zelda Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Super NES
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Game Boy
Prince of Persia Super NES
Tekken 5 PS2
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Plunkett, Luke (April 5, 2012). "Original, Badass Zelda Art By Katsuya Terada". Kotaku.
  2. ^ Terada, Katsuya (2002). Rakugaking. ISBN 978-4757208858.
  3. ^ "First Blood: An Interview with Terada Katsuya". Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2006.
  4. ^ Patterson, Adam (September 23, 2019). "Massive GODZILLA Criterion Box Set Gets a Trailer". Filmpulse.
  5. ^ "妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ : 作品情報". 映画.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ KAMEN RIDER EX-AID ENEMIES FILE. Vol. 54. Tatsumi Publishing. 2016-10-10. p. 7. ISBN 978-4-7778-1750-4.

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