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Takami Akai

Takami Akai Illustrator, video game creator

Illustrator, video game creator
Takami Akai
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Intro Illustrator, video game creator
A.K.A. Akai Takami
Is Illustrator
From Japan
Type Arts Creativity
Gender male
Birth 21 November 1961, Yonago
Age: 58 years
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
Takami Akai
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Takami Akai (赤井 孝美, Akai Takami) is an illustrator, game creator, character designer and animator born on November 21, 1961 in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. He was a board member of Gainax, and runs his own company titled NineLives. His wife is Kimiko Higuchi. He stepped down from Gainax board after an incident in which he and another employee made disparaging remarks about fan criticisms made on the Japanese Internet forum 2channel.
He is portrayed by actor Tomoya Nakamura in the 2014 TV Drama Aoi Honō based on the autobiographical manga by his fellow Osaka University of Arts alumnus Kazuhiko Shimamoto.

Career history


Akai attended Osaka University of Arts majoring in fine art . While studying there, Akai created the character designs for the Daicon III opening animation. The main staff for the Daicon III and Daicon IV opening animations went on to create the animation studio Gainax. Akai was in the same class as Hiroyuki Yamaga and Hideaki Anno.


  • Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon
  • Akai Takami Works
  • Banner of the Stars (anime, character designs)
  • Crest of the Stars (anime, character designs)
  • Dennō Gakuen
  • Magical Pop'n (package character design)
  • Kaettekita Ultraman (Daicon Film)
  • Petite Princess Yucie (anime, original story, character design)
  • Princess Maker (game, character design, director)
  • Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushū

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