Yoshikazu Yasuhiko is a Japanese animator and manga artist, who
also has been noted as a published author and an illustrator of
children's books and young adult books. His career as a character
designer has spanned three decades, creating famed characters for
such anime as Space Cruiser Yamato, Brace Raideen, and the widely
known Mobile Suit Gundam. Considered a pivotal player in mecha and
sci-fi anime, Yasuhiko's characters, stories and illustrations are
unmistakable in their style and serve as timeless examples as
pioneers of manga and animation in Japan.
Born in 1947, Yasuhiko began his career as an animator in Osama Tezuka's Mushi Productions, and later on decided to go freelance to work for a number of animation productions for both film and television. In 1981, he took home a Seiun award for Best Artist of the Year. Praise and accolades continued for Yasuhiko, when he took home the Nippon Mangaka Kyokai (Japan Cartoonists Society) award in 1992, followed by an Excellence Prize in manga for Odo no Inu at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2000. Continuing his work with Gundam, Yasuhiko has written the manga Mobile Suit Gundam- The Origin as well as providing character design for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.