Ken Ishikawa

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Ken Ishikawa
Born June 28, 1948
Karasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture
Died November 15, 2006(2006-11-15) (aged 58)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Manga artist
Known for Getter Robo, Records of Nothingness

Ken Ishikawa (石川賢, Ishikawa Ken, June 28, 1948 – November 15, 2006) was a Japanese manga artist. He is renowned as the co-creator (with Go Nagai) of the Getter Robo anime series, as well as four of their subsequent manga continuations. According to Go Nagai, he considered Ken Ishikawa his greatest friend and ally.


Ken Ishikawa collapsed at a dinner banquet after golfing; he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.[1] After Ishikawa's death, illustrator Naoto Tsushima released the manga Getter Robo Hien: The Earth Suicide, which was based on drafts and notes Ishikawa had written before his death, in 2007.


Kazuki Nakashima, chief editor of the Getter Robo Saga compilation cited Ken Ishikawa as an influence when he worked on the series composition of the anime show, Gurren Lagann, and also gave a memorial address at his funeral. He also calls himself Ken Ishikawa's number one fan.

Ishikawa's early art is quite reminiscent of that of his mentor, Go Nagai.

An adaptation of Ishikawa's manga Gokudō Heiki was filmed as Yakuza Weapon in 2011. The film is dedicated to Ishikawa.[2][3]




Art books[edit]

  • Majin Illustration Collection (3 vol) (date?)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Getta Robo Creator Dies". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Austin Film Fest to Show Boys on the Run, Yakuza Weapon". Anime News Network. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (July 15, 2011). "Yakuza Weapon (極道兵器)". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Japan Hero > Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Tokusatsu Heroes and Anime Heroes