Shingo Araki

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Shingo Araki
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Native name 荒木 伸吾
Born (1939-01-01)1 January 1939
Aichi, Japan
Died 1 December 2011(2011-12-01) (aged 72)
Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Animation Director, Character Designer

Shingo Araki (荒木 伸吾, Araki Shingo, January 1, 1939 – December 1, 2011)[1][2] was a Japanese animation artist and character designer.[3][4]


He developed an interest for drawing at age five.[1] He graduated in Aichi Prefecture. In 1955, at age sixteen, he debuted as a cartoonist in the "Machi" magazine. He then joined Mushi Production as animator in 1965 and later founded Studio Jaguar in 1966. In 1970, he debuted as animation director in the Mushi TV Series "Joe of Tomorrow", and later worked on the anime adaptations of several of Go Nagai's manga, including Devilman (1972), Cutie Honey (1973), and UFO Robo Grendizer (1975), serving as a character designer on the latter two. With his work on Cutie Honey as well as Mahō no Mako-chan, Mahou Tsukai Chappy, Majokko Megu-chan, and Hana no Ko Lunlun, Araki was an important figure in Toei Animation's early magical girl anime series of the 1970s.

He usually collaborated with animation director Michi Himeno, whom he met in 1973. They formed Araki Production in 1975. He worked as animation director in 1978's "Goodbye Battleship Yamato: Warriors of Love". He, with Himeno, have been celebrated for their success. The Araki-Himeno duo collaborated on TV series and animated films such as "Saint Seiya" (1986–89), "Saint Seiya Overture" from 2004.

Some of his successes are Majokko Megu-chan (1974), Lupin III (1977), Mugen Kido SSX (Captain Harlock, 1978), Versailles no Bara (Lady Oscar, 1979), Hana no Ko Lunlun (Angel, 1979, which featured character designs by Michi Himeno and animation by Araki), Uchû Densetsu Ulysses 31 (Ulises 31, produced 1980, released 1981), and the versions for OVA of Fuma no Kojirô (1991). International accreditation came with Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac, 1986), for his dynamic drawing style along with the elegant drawings styles of Michi. This Dynamic Duel, as they are known, have been instrumental in the success of the series.

Working for Toei Animation and Tokyo Movie Shinshia, Araki was also an animator on several American productions which outsourced animation work to Japan, including Inspector Gadget (Season 1, 1983–84, animation), Mighty Orbots (1984, key animation), The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986) and G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987).


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  1. ^ a b "Guía Saint Seiya, Shigo Araki" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Animeland Saint Seiya, Shingo Araki" (in French). Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Shigo Araki.
  4. ^ Toole, Mike (December 4, 2011). "Saint Shingo - The Mike Toole Show". Anime News Network. 

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