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Takeshi Obata
Personal Info.
Also Known As
Shigeru Hijikata (Hijikata Shigeru, 土方茂?)[1]
Gender
Male
Born
February 11, 1969
Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Age
46
Occupation
Mangaka
Pieces of Work
Cyborg Jii-chan G

Death Note (art)
Bakuman (art)
Hikaru no Go (art)
All You Need Is Kill (art)
Karakurizoshi Ayatsuri Sakon (art)
Blue Dragon Ral Grad (art)
Rikito Densetsu -Oni wo Tsugu Mono- (art)
Hajime (art)
Hello Baby (art)
Uro-oboe Ouroboros (art)
Castlevania Judgement (character design)
Platinum End (art)

Rakko 11-gou (art)

Is it okay to draw Shinigami? Won't I be cursed for doing this? I draw this manga with fear and trembling.

— Takeshi Obata

Takeshi Obata (小畑 健, Obata Takeshi) is a Japanese manga artist and the artist of Death Note.

BiographyEdit

Obata generally works as the artist in collaboration with an author. He has also mentored several mangaka, including Kentaro Yabuki of Black Cat fame, Nobuhiro Watsuki of Rurouni Kenshin, and Yusuke Murata of Eyeshield 21.

Obata was first noticed in 1985 when he took a prize in the Tezuka Award for his one shot 500 Kōnen no Kaiwa[2]. Joining the Weekly Shōnen Jump staff, he mentored under Makoto Niwano before starting his first major series, Cyborg Jii-chan G in 1989[3]. Having difficulty for several years in finding a hit, Obata began collaborating with other writers on their stories. He finally began the series that established his name when he teamed with Yumi Hotta on Hikaru no Go starting in 1998[4].

Obata is most well known as the artist of Hikaru no Go, for which he received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000 and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2003[5], and for Death Note. His style is rare among shōnen artists, not only for the detail of his drawings, but in his penchant for fashion; the characters he draws often wear stylish clothes and trendy items like the latest fashionable scarf, tie, or handbag.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Eisner Awards 2008 Best Artist nominee for his work on Death Note and Hikaru no Go.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Charaman, Shueisha, 2010, p. 183.
  2. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Charaman, Shueisha, 2010, p. 189.
  3. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Charaman, Shueisha, 2010, p. 183.
  4. Manga Artist Takeshi Obata to Appear at New York Comic Con, Anime News Network, July 29, 2014.
  5. Manga Artist Takeshi Obata to Appear at New York Comic Con, Anime News Network, July 29, 2014.

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