Takashi Okazaki

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Takashi Okazaki
岡崎 能士
Takashi Okazaki by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Okazaki in March 2018
Born 1974 (age 43–44)
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Manga artist and author, visual designer, graphic designer
Notable works
Afro Samurai Batman Ninja
Awards Primetime Emmy Award (nominated)

Takashi Okazaki (岡崎 能士, Okazaki Takashi) is a Japanese manga artist, visual designer and graphic designer, most notable for writing and illustrating the manga series Afro Samurai.

Early life[edit]

Okazaki was born in Kanagawa Prefecture and graduated from the Tama University of the Arts.[1]


Okazaki was one of four people to debut in the self-published Nou Nou Hau manga magazine in November 1998. His first series Afro Samurai was first published as a dōjinshi in the preparatory issue zero of the magazine, which was also featured as the cover.[2] Afro Samurai was serialized till the magazine's end in September 2002.[3] Since then, the Afro Samurai manga has been adapted into the anime miniseries and the sequel television film, Afro Samurai: Resurrection.[4][5] After the release of the anime series, Takashi Okazaki went back and recreated the original dōjinshi into a two-volume manga series which has only been released in the United States by Tor Books and Seven Seas Entertainment.[6] Also, the first volume has been released in Germany, the second to be released in August 2011.[needs update] On November 23, 2004, Takashi Okazaki wrote and illustrated a 9-panel manga published in the pamphlet of the Blade: Trinity soundtrack.[7] Takashi Okazaki also illustrated the ending of the Cho-Kōryu-Gōjin Danke Choen (超交流合神ダンケシェーン) series serialized in a flyer handed out at the Japanese club "UNIT". Cho-Kōryu-Gōjin Danke Choen was created by Kugelblitz—a collaborative effort between Nou Nou Hau and the German comic magazine Moga Mobo.[8][9] Okazaki also designed the bosses in The Game Baker's 2016 game, Furi. He's also credited as original character designer for the Garo: Vanishing Line anime.


  • Afro Samurai! (amateur comic, 1998–2002)
  • 9-panel Blade: Trinity comic (2004)
  • Cho-Kōryu-Gōjin Danke Choen (超交流合神ダンケシェーン) (2005)
  • Afro Samurai Maniaxxx!!! (2007)
  • Afro Samurai (recreation, 2008–2009)
  • Furi video game (artistic director, 2016)


  1. ^ 木﨑文智監督、岡崎能士(原作者)インタビュー [Interview with director Kantoku Santoshi and Takashi Okazaki (the original author)] (in Japanese). Cinema Factory. October 28, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2007. 
  2. ^ "NOU NOU HAU vol.0". Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Archived from the original (PHP) on July 13, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ "NOU NOU HAU vol.6". Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Archived from the original (PHP) on July 13, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Funimation Acquires Afro Samurai". Anime News Network. February 27, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Afro Samurai: Resurrection Movie Debuts Sunday Night". Anime News Network. July 25, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tor Books Partners with Seven Seas to Form New Manga Imprint and Announces Publication of Afro Samurai". ComiPress. December 8, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Blade 3 OST to Include Anime". Anime News Network. November 1, 2004. Retrieved November 6, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Cho-Kouryu-Goujin Danke Choen". Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Archived from the original (PHP) on December 2, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ "KUGELBLITZ:DANK-SCHON unit magazine". Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Archived from the original (PHP) on December 1, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 

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