Shingo Araki

Birth:Nov 28, 1938
Death:Dec 1, 2011
Years active:1964-2011
Hometown: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Araki developed an interest for drawing at age five. He graduated in Aichi Prefecture. In 1955 at age eighteen he debuted as a cartoonist in the Machi magazine. He then joined Mushi Production as animator in 1964 and later founded Studio Jaccard in 1966. In 1970 he debuted as animation director on Ashita no Joe and later worked on the anime adaptations of several of Gou Nagai manga including Devilman Cutie Honey and UFO Robo Grendizer serving as a character designer on the latter two. In 1971 he founded Studio Z together with his friends in the business. He frequently worked with animator Michi Himeno who he met in 1973. Araki formed Araki Production in 1974 and Himeno was the first member of the studio. Araki was also an animator on several American productions which outsourced animation work to Japan including Mighty Orbots 1984 key animation The Adventures of the American Rabbit 1986 and G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987. He passed away due to heart failure on December 1 2011.