Araki, Shingo

Given name: 伸吾
Family name: 荒木
Birthday: Nov 28, 1938
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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 Nagai's 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 1978's "Goodbye Battleship Yamato: Warriors of Love". He, with Himeno, has been celebrated for their success. The Araki-Himeno duet collaborated on TV series and animated films such as "Saint Seiya" (1986-89), "Saint Seiya Overture" from 2004.

Some of his successes are Majokko Megu-chan (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), Uchû Densetsu Ulysses 31 (Ulises 31, produced 1980, released 1981), and the versions for OVA of Fuma no Kojirô (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.

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Character Designer of Saint Seiya and Yu-Gi-Oh Passes Away

According to Sponichi News, animator Araki Shingo passed away on December 1st due to acute heart failure. He was 72 years old. Araki entered Mushi Production in 1964...read more

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Tha_Red_Comet | Sep 10, 9:53 PM
King


Halqifibrax | Jun 1, 11:42 PM
Thank you for drawing character design for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters o7


Fario-P | Apr 14, 12:58 PM
i've heard of this guy on Hana no Ko Lunlun and Versailles no Bara, but the fact that he ALSO worked on BOTH Toei and Gallop's Yu-Gi-Oh anime are news to me... what the hell??? absolute legend!!
may he rest in peace, thank you so much for your work good sir...


haydenluvsanime | Nov 27, 2020 2:03 AM


MaoujiProd | Sep 4, 2020 9:15 PM
I'm also amazed his character designs on Saint Seiya transitioned pretty well into digital animation with the Hades OVA.


haydenluvsanime | Aug 7, 2020 9:57 PM
incredible character designer


MaoujiProd | Jul 26, 2020 4:39 PM
R.I.P. legend.


SoldierDream | Jun 8, 2020 9:50 PM
God of character designers


Aiaigasa | Dec 23, 2019 2:07 PM
the range of talent even at his subpar was insane

the first 18 episodes of rose of Versailles were his subpar and were still amazing but then 19 onwards he went ham on Dezaki's request.


Guto_Seiya | Oct 4, 2019 7:04 AM
A legendary Character Designer.


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