Takehiko Itō

Takehiko Itō (伊東 岳彦, Itō Takehiko) is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work on the manga Outlaw Star from his affiliated Morning Star Studio. He was also the primary creative mind behind other works of fiction set in the Toward Stars universe including the Uchuu Eiyuu Monogatari manga and Angel Links anime series.

Takehiko Itō
Other namesHiroyuki Hataike
OccupationManga artist
Known forNG Knight Ramune & 40
Outlaw Star


Before founding Morning Star Studio in his late 20s, Itō studied planning and editing at the design office Shindosha.[2] He began work as a manga editor, but found the job dull and began drawing manga himself.[3] Some of his earliest works, including Good Morning Althea (グッドモーニング アルテア), were created under the pen name "Black Point".[1] Many of Itō's animation works are credited to the name Hiroyuki Hataike (幡池裕行, Hataike Hiroyuki). Under this name he designed a transforming toy that would later become Unicron.

Itō's science fiction manga Uchuu Eiyuu Monogatari (宇宙英雄物語, lit. "Future-Retro Hero Story") started serialization in the monthly Kadokawa Shoten magazine Comic Comp in 1988 with five tankōbon (collected volume) releases between 1989 and 1991.[4][5][6] During that time, Itō came up with initial concept of the anime television franchise NG Knight Lamune & 40.[7] His next major manga series, Haō Taikei Ryū Knight (覇王大系リューナイト, lit. "Lord of Lords: Ryu Knight"), was serialized in the Shueisha magazine V Jump beginning in 1993.[8] Three tankōbon were published between 1994 and 1995.[9][10][11] Uchuu Eiyuu Monogatari was shortly thereafter picked up by Shueisha and was published in a total of eight volumes throughout 1996.[12][13][14] He is also known as the creator of Outlaw Star (星方武侠アウトロースター, Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā, lit. "Starward Warrior Knight Outlaw Star"), a manga and anime television series set within the "Toward Stars Era" universe of Uchuu Eiyuu Monogatari.

Itō was eventually offered a job at Marvel Comics, but he was unsure he would be able to fit it into his schedule.[15] However, Itō joined Marvel after talking with C.B. Cebulski in 2002.[16][17]




Video gamesEdit

Book illustrationsEdit

  • Ao no Kishi Beruzeruga Monogatari
  • Hijiri El Crusaders Saint
  • Nangoku Sentai Shureio
  • Uchuu Goukai Daizappa
  • Watashino Yuusha Sama
  • Avenir Wosagashite
  • Wolf Zone
  • A Kun (17) no Sensou
  • Hijiri Koku 1092
  • Famikon Hisshoubon
  • Sword World RPG Replay Part 2


  1. ^ a b ―伊東岳彦氏・幡池裕行氏― [Mr. Takehiko Ito/Mr. Hiroyuki Hataike] (in Japanese). Morning Star Studio. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  2. ^ "News: Otakon 2002: New Guests Of Honor". Anime News Network. July 11, 2002. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  3. ^ ―モーニングスタースタジオとは― [And the Morning Star Studio] (in Japanese). Morning Star Studio. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  4. ^ Bethune, Jonathan (February 22, 2010). "Found in Translation: Outlaw Star and Sakura Hime Kaden". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  5. ^ 宇宙英雄物語 1 [Future-Retro Hero Story 1] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  6. ^ 宇宙英雄物語 5 [Future-Retro Hero Story 5] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  7. ^ "―NG騎士ラムネ&40―" [NG Knight Lamune & 40] (in Japanese). Morning Star Studio. Archived from the original on 2000-10-18. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  8. ^ "熱血応援企画!! 激燃族 GEKINENZOKU vol.21" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on 2004-07-23. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  9. ^ 覇王大系リューナイト [コミック] [Lord of Lords: Ryu Knight [Comic]] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  10. ^ 覇王大系リューナイト2 (2) [コミック] [Lord of Lords: Ryu Knight 2 (2) [Comic]] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  11. ^ 覇王大系リューナイト3 (3) [コミック] [Lord of Lords: Ryu Knight 3 (3) [Comic]] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  12. ^ 宇宙英雄物語 1 (ホームコミックス) [Future-Retro Hero Story 1 (Home Comics)] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  13. ^ 宇宙英雄物語 8 (ホームコミックス) [Future-Retro Hero Story 8 (Home Comics)] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  14. ^ John Oppliger (October 9, 2003). "Ask John: Will There Ever Be Any Future Retro Hero Story Anime?". AnimeNation. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  15. ^ Oshiguchi, Takashi. "From the Forest: On American Comics and Japanese Artists". Viz Media. Archived from the original on 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  16. ^ "News: C.B. Cebulski Joins Marvel Comics". Anime News Network. January 30, 2002. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  17. ^ "News: Report: Tatsunoko, Marvel Aim for Joint TV Anime in 3 Years". Anime News Network. February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-15.

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