Tsukasa Kotobuki

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Tsukasa Kotobuki
Native name ことぶき つかさ
Born 1970, April 28th
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Anime character designer

Tsukasa Kotobuki (ことぶき つかさ Kotobuki Tsukasa?, born 1970) is a Japanese character designer for various games and anime series such as Saber Marionette J, VS Knight Ramune & 40 Fire, Cyber Team in Akihabara and Battle Arena Toshinden. He also did the art for Sword of the Dark Ones. His real name is unknown; his title name is rather a pseudonym, majorly derived from animator Tsukasa Dokite.

In 2003, he attended Otakon as a guest.[1]

Biography[edit]

Around the age of nine and attending fourth grade, Tsukasa was introduced to anime with the initial series of Mobile Suit Gundam, and was further inspired to go into anime upon the release of Mobile Suit Z Gundam in his second year of middle school. After going to his first Comiket, by the time of 1985, Tsukasa began his career as a manga artist through dojinshi circles, particularly through junior high and high school fanzine anthologies under the initial pseudonym Sushi (「 寿司 」?). His talents and connections with editors during his high school career allowed him to land work with illustrations for commercial design and general staff work for anime studios and manga circles; by the age of twenty, he became an apprentice of Kenichi Sonoda. After his apprenticeship in 1994, his friend Masami Obari, whose then current projects were that of the Fatal Fury OVA movies, let him work on staff as the off action wardrobe and character designer for Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture.

Inspiration and Style[edit]

His art style is largely influenced particularly from series Mobile Suit Gundam and Megazone 23, and fellow superiors in the industry, such as Tsukasa Dokite, Masamune Shirow, Masakazu Katsura, Kenichi Sonoda, and Masami Obari.

Personal life[edit]

Outside of work in the anime industry, Tsukasa is a lifelong fan of Gundam and video games, particularly of King of Fighters and Pokémon. He occasionally does doujinshi in his spare time, sometimes of adult oriented parodies, under different pseudonyms, such as Noriharu or Gym Leader.

Works[edit]

Manga[edit]

  • Go! Go! Bokurano V Gundam!!
  • Mechanical Man Blues (overseas exclusive manga series, 1994, unfinished)
  • Cyber Team in Akihabara pattern Pi!
  • Ragnarok/Sword of the Dark Ones
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Z: The Day After Tomorrow: Kai's Reports
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Z: Kai's Memories

Anime[edit]

  • Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • VS Knight Ramune & 40 Fire'
  • Saber Marionette J
  • Godannar
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector[2]
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN

Official Endorsed Fan Compilations[edit]

Video Games[edit]

  • Battle Arena Toshinden- Official Illustrator
    • Battle Arena Toshinden Remix (Toshinden S)
    • Battle Arena Toshinden 2
    • Battle Arena Toshinden URA
    • Battle Arena Toshinden 3
    • Nitoushinden
    • Puzzle Arena Toshinden
    • Toshinden Card Quest
    • Toshinden Next (cancelled installment)
    • Battle Arena Toshinden 4
  • Saber Marionette J· Battle Savers
  • Galaxy Fräulein Yuna 3: Lightning Angel
  • Thousand Arms
  • Cyber Team in Akihabara Pata Pies!
  • No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Otakon 2003: Final Guest Announcement". AnimeNewsNetwork. July 14, 2003. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector". AnimeNewsNetwork. September 16, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 

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