美樹本晴彦, Haruhiko Satou (佐藤晴彦)
Birth:Aug 28, 1959
Websitehttp://www.mikimotoharuhiko.com/ A character designer illustrator and mangaka. He was mostly active in the 80s and 90s during which he rose to prominence and got recognized as one of the preeminent character designers of his time. Mikimoto attended university at the same time as mangaka Fujihiko Hosonohttps://anilist.co/staff/100345/ as well as Shouji Kawamorihttps://anilist.co/staff/97501/ and Hiroshi Oonogihttps://anilist.co/staff/97701/ both of whom he would later collaborate with on the creation of Macrosshttps://anilist.co/anime/1088/ perhaps Mikimotos most famous work. At the time of his debut he was a fan of Yoshikazu Yasuhikohttps://anilist.co/staff/97220/s and it was showing in his drawings. After a colleague had pointed this out it started bothering him and he went through great effort to gradually establish his own unique visual style which he is known for today. His career as an animator was shortlived as he realized that he was more interested in just drawing pictures rather than moving them around and naturally shifted his activities from animation to illustrations and manga.