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Haruhiko
Haruhiko Mikimoto (美樹本 晴彦 Mikimoto Haruhiko?), whose real name is Haruhiko Sato and once went under the pen name HAL is a Japanese anime character designer, illustrator and manga artist. He was born August 28, 1959 in Tokyo Japan. Mostly active during the 1980s, during that decade he rose to prominence and is considered one of the top character designers of his time.

He released Haruhiko Mikimoto Character Works, a 248-page full-color art book published by PIE International on May 16, 2018.

CareerEdit

Haruhiko always had a passion for drawing. He developed his skills for drawing in amateur clubs and activities in Keio High School. It was here where he met future collaborators Macross creator Shōji Kawamori, manga artist Fujihiko Hosono, and Macross screenwriter Hiroshi Ônogi. He advanced to the Keio University Faculty of Engineering where he worked as an assistant for Hosono. Haruhiko then joined the studio Artland and was placed in charge of designing guest characters in the Animation and Genga department. One of the first projects was the "Science Rescue Team Techno" Voyager in Astro Boy directed by Noboru Ishiguro. He then participated in the animated television series Super Dimension Fortress Macross, a project by Studio Nue where Kawamori worked.

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Mikomoto's later works were collected in art book form in 2018.

His work as the character design and character drawing director on Macross gained him critical acclaim from critics and anime fans alike. His signature "Mikimoto Chara" delicately captures the "beauty" of a beautiful girl, a motif that is very much present to this day. Following his success with Macross, he worked on Super Dimension Century Orguss and " Megazone 23, and has since established himself as a popular character designer.

In the years to follow, he became independent from Artland and worked as an illustrator for light novels and magazines. He worked on a serialized manga entitled Marionette Generation in 1988. He also worked on Gunbuster (Aim for the Top! in Japan) and Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: The War in the Pocket. He followed up his Macross work with returning as the character design for Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again, Macross 7 and Macross Dynamite 7, and worked on the serialized manga tie-in, Macross 7: Trash. He also also approached to work on the character designs for the 2016 television series Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.

He also worked on a variety of Macross-related videogame character designs, including Macross Digital Mission VF-X, Macross M3, Macross VF-X2, Macross Ace Frontier and Macross Ultimate Frontier.

In 2009, during Macross 27th year of broadcasting, he was commissioned to work on Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First. He has stated in interviews that he was considerably troubled when deciding to accept this project, but saw it as an opportunity for many new fans Macross Frontier to experience the original series in a modern way.[1] For this much delayed adaptation, he challenged himself to work almost completely digitally. A company called Dospara sponsored to build him his art station just for this project.[2]

InfluencesEdit

  • Shotaro Ishinomori (Manga illustrator)
  • Yoko Tsuyatsu (Shojo Artist)
  • Yoshihiko Yasuhiko (Soft-style Painter)

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gundam Ace March Issue Extra Edition Macross Ace Vol. 001 2009 Kadokawa Shoten p.74
  2. Dospara Desktop
Credits
Companies
Artdink | Artland | Atelier Musa | Atelier Platz | Bandai Visual | BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment | Big West | FlyingDog | SANKYO | Satelight | Studio Nue | Tatsunoko Production | Victor Entertainment
Musicians / Singers
Akino Arai | Haruka Chisuga | Melody Chubak | Mika Doi | Yoshiki Fukuyama | Kuniaki Haishima | JUNNA | Kentarō Haneda | Mari Iijima | Chie Kajiura | Hiroko Kasahara | Kazuhiko Kato | Yoko Kanno | Mina Kubota | Ami Koshimizu | May'n | Megumi Nakajima | Nozomi Nishida | Minori Suzuki | Maaya Sakamoto | Saeko Suzuki | Nao Tōyama | TOMISIRO | Kiyono Yasuno
Voice Actors
Arihiro Hase | Shô Hayami | Mika Doi | Eri Takeda | Akira Kamiya | Run Sasaki | Nobutoshi Canna | Tomo Sakurai | Aya Endo | Ami Koshimizu | Yuuma Uchida | KENN | Asami Seto | Akiko Nakagawa
Directors
Tetsurō Amino | Noboru Ishiguro | Ichirō Itano | Shōji Kawamori | Yasuhito Kikuchi | Shinichirō Watanabe | Kenji Yasuda
Mechanical Designers
Kazumi Fujita | Shōji Kawamori | Studio Nue | Kazutaka Miyatake | Shigeru Morita | Koichi Ohata | Kunio Okawara | Hidetaka Tenjin
Character Designers
Risa Ebata | Katsumi Enami | Majiro | Hirotaka Marufuji | Haruhiko Mikimoto
Other Staff
Masahiro Chiba | Tsuneyuki Enomoto | Ukyō Kodachi | Akira Inoue | Iso Mitsuo | Koji Morimoto | Toshizo Nemoto | Noriyoshi Ohrai | Hiroshi Ônogi | Thomas Romain | Yoshiyuki Takani | Sukehiro Tomita
TV Series Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again | Macross 7 | Macross Frontier | Macross Δ
Events Unification Wars | Space War I | Sharon Apple Incident | Protodeviln War | Vajra War
Movies The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Macross Plus Movie Edition | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie | Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress | Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye | Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song! | Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre | Macross Δ Movie: Absolute Live
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 | Macross Plus | Macross 7: Encore | Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me! | Macross Dynamite 7 | Macross Zero
Books Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences | My Fair Minmay | Macross Ace | Macross Dynamite 7: Mylene Beat | Shōji Kawamori Macross Design Works | Macross Chronicle | Macross 7: Trash | Macross Plus: TAC Name | Macross The Ride | Macross 7th Chord | Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First | Macross F ~Secret Visions~ | Macross Δ Manga | Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E | Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi | Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime | Variable Master File | Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal
Video Games Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Famicom) | Super Spacefortress Macross | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Eternal Love Song | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II (Arcade) | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me | Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Love Stories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader Complete Pack | Macross Plus (Arcade) | Macross Digital Mission VF-X | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Game) | Macross VF-X2 | Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy- | Macross Plus Game Edition | Macross M3 | The Super Dimension Macross: Aiuchi Typing Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Macross Ace Frontier | Macross Triangle Frontier | Macross Ultimate Frontier | CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross | My Boyfriend is a Pilot 2012 | Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy | Macross Card Fighter | Pachislot Macross Frontier | Macross Δ Scramble | Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture | P Fever Macross Δ
ONA / Short Film All That VF - Macross 25th Anniversary Air Show | Macross 7 Plus | Macross Fufonfia | Delta Mini-Theater
Concerts Macross One Night Stand | Mylene Night | Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber | Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49 | Macross Crossover Live 30 | Fire Bomber 2014 Basara Explosion | ANIME SYMPHONY JAPAN PREMIUM CONCERT MACROSS 35th × Macross F 10th Anniversary | Macross Crossover Live 2019
Drama / Character Album The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. III MISS D.J. | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. IV Distantly Fading Memories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Vol. V Rhapsody In Love | Macross 7 Docking Festival | Macross 7 CD Cinema 1: Mellow Heart Beat | Macross 7 CD Cinema 2: Melodious Illusion | Macross 7 CD Cinema 3: Galaxy Song Battle | Macross Generation | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross Inside Story~Macross Classic | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra1 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra2 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra3 | Macross Frontier Drama CD◎Nyan Dra Dra4
Others Macross 15th Anniversary | Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Modelers | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | Macross Boys | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Won’t Stop | Shoji Kawamori Expo
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