Makoto Raiku (雷句誠 Raiku Makoto?, born 24 August 1974 in Gifu, Japan) is a manga artist whose works have appeared prominently in Shogakukan's publication Shōnen Sunday. Starting off an assistant for Kazuhiro Fujita on his manga Ushio & Tora, he started creating several one-shots for the shōnen manga anthology such as Bird Man (about a young pilot), Hero Ba-Ban (about a cheerful, but weak superhero) and Genmai Blade (about a teenage medicinal exorcist, of which he created both a one-shot and a two-part story). By 1999, he had created the series Newtown Heroes, which was published in Shōnen Sunday Super, a seasonal publication featuring upcoming manga artists and one-shots from the main Sunday book.
In 2001, Raiku started the manga series Konjiki no Gash!!, which began publication in Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday, and in 2003, inspired an anime version (Konjiki no Gash Bell!!) produced by Toei Animation. Both versions are very popular in Japan. In the U.S., both the manga and anime are known as Zatch Bell!. In one chapter of the Konjiki no Gash Bell!! manga, Raiku makes an appearance with his own story, and also plays the role of Umagon's partner in the game, Konjiki no Gash Bell!!: Electric Arena (prior to the introduction of Kafka Sunbeam). In 2003, Konjiki no Gash!! received the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category.
In June 2008, Raiku brought a case against Shogakukan to Tokyo District Court because they lost 5 of his coloured works. He demanded 3,300,000 yen as compensation. According to the beginning of his statement, he decided to do it because he doesn't want publishers and their editors to look down on manga artists. In addition, Raiku was treated extremely badly for a long time. Moreover, the price of compensation represented by Shogakukan was only 500,000 yen. Raiku claimed that they had underestimated him too much.
On July 28, 2008, they had their first public session. Shogakukan agreed they were responsible for the loss with a reservation on financial value of the lost works as it was not clear. Recommended by the judge, both parties agreed to settle the claim. After the case was settled, Makoto Raiku announced he would no longer do business with Shogakukan, and switched to Kodansha. His first work for Kodansha is currently Animal Land, which is currently being serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.
- Bird Man
- Newtown Heroes (ニュータウン・ヒーローズ Nyūtaun Hīrōzu?)
- Genmai Blade (玄米ブレード Genmai Burēdo?, "genmai" is uncooked rice)
- Zatch Bell! (金色のガッシュ!! Konjiki no Gasshu!!?)
- Grief Warrior Hero Ba-Ban (哀愁戦士ヒーローババーン Aishū Senshi Hīrō Babān?)
- Aosora (アオソラ?)
- Class Room (クラスルーム?)
- Oyaju Rider (おやじゅ～ライダー?)
- Animal Land (どうぶつの国 Dōbutsu no Kuni?)
- Vector Ball (ベクターボール?)
- Yellow Tanabe
- Aiko Koyama
- Youhei Sakai
- 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- 漫画の原画なくされ提訴 ｢金色のガッシュ!!｣作者 (in Japanese). The Asahi Shimbun Company. 2008-06-06. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- 原画の価値訴える 漫画｢金色のガッシュ!!｣訴訟で作者が意見陳述 (in Japanese). Sankei Shimbun Company. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-08-09.[dead link]
- Raiku Makoto's official blog (current) (Japanese)
- Raiku Makoto's official blog (old) (Japanese)
- Makoto Raiku at Anime News Network's encyclopedia