Akiharu Ishii was born in Tokushima Japan on August 9 1966. He graduated from an Anime Institute and turned professional. He works as a freelance Animator Character Designer and Illustrator. He is also a professor at the Japan Electronics College in the Animation Research department. Ishii has been involved in numerous Anime shows including Blood Blood+ Fullmetal Alchemist Ghost in the Shell Patlabor Prince of Tennis Sakura Wars and many many others. He was previously working at Production I.G and is still often involved in their productions.