Michi Himeno

Michi Himeno (姫野 美智, Himeno Michi) is a Japanese animation artist and character designer. Her most famous work is on the TV series Saint Seiya.

Michi Himeno
Born (1956-08-16) August 16, 1956 (age 64)
Known foranimation artist and character designer


In 1973 she began her collaboration with Shingo Araki working on Cutie Honey and went on to work at Toei Animation before forming Araki Productions with him in 1975. Together they have worked on many successful films and series. Typically, she works on the female characters while he works on the male.[1]

Some of her works are Lupin III (1977), Berusaiyu no Bara (The Rose of Versailles, 1979), Hana no Ko Lunlun (The Flower Child Lunlun, 1979), Ulysses 31 (produced 1980, released 1981), Mūgen Kidō SSX (Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, 1982), and the OVA versions of Fuuma no Kojirou (1991).

International accreditation came with Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac, 1986), for her elegant drawing style along with Araki's dynamic drawing style.[1]


Her work includes the following:




  • Amon Saga (1986), character designer, animation director
  • Okubyo na Venus (1986), animation director
  • Fuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen (Yasha Chapter) (1989), character designer
  • Fuma no Kojirou: Seiken Sensou-hen (Sacred Sword War Chapter) (1990) : Character Design.
  • Babiru Ni-Sei (Babel II) (1992), character designer
  • Fuma no Kojirou: Fuma Hanran-hen (Fuma Rebellion Chapter) (1992), character designer
  • Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Sanctuary (2002), character designer
  • Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Inferno (2005–2007), character designer, chief animation director, animation director
  • Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Elysion (2008), character designer, chief animation director


  • Alexandria, Illustrator. The Saga is in 9 volumes, each containing 10 b/w illustrations. Volumes 1-2-3-5-6 contains also full colour illustrations. The books' covers also are illustrated by Michi Himeno.


  1. ^ a b "Shingo Araki y Michi Himeno". La Guia Saint Seiya (in Spanish). Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  2. ^ Alternate titles for this movie include Legend of the Golden Apple and Evil Goddess Eris.

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