Shingo Araki

Shingo Araki is a Japanese animation artist and character designer. He 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 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 Nagais manga including Devilman 1972 Cutie Honey 1973 and UFO Robo Grendizer 1975 serving as a character designer on the latter two. He usually collaborates with animation director Michi Himeno who he met in 1973. They formed Araki Production in 1975. He worked as animation director in 1978s Goodbye Battleship Yamato: Warriors of Love. He with Himeno has been celebrated for their success. The ArakiHimeno duet collaborated on TV series and animated films such as Saint Seiya 198689 Saint Seiya Overture from 2004. Some of his successes are Majokko Meguchan 1974 Lupin III 1977 Mugen Kido SSX Captain Harlock 1978 Versailles no Bara Lady Oscar 1979 Hana no Ko Lunlun Angel 1979 Mahou Shoujo Lalabelle 1980 Uch Densetsu Ulysses 31 Ulises 31 produced 1980 released 1981 and the versions for OVA of Fuma no Kojir 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 Mighty Orbots 1984 key animation The Adventures of the American Rabbit 1986 and G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987. Passed away on December 1st 2011 due to acute heart failure. He was 72 years old.