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Encyclopedia > Kenichi Sonoda

Kenichi Sonoda (園田 健一 Sonoda Ken'ichi, born 13 December 1962 in Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) is a manga artist and anime character designer. December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Takaishi (高石市; -shi) is a city located in Osaka, Japan. ... Osaka Prefecture (大阪府 ÅŒsaka-fu) is part of the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Mangaka (漫画家) is the Japanese word for a comic artist. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the word animation. Outside Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation...

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Professional Career

Sonoda moved to Tokyo in 1984, at the age of 21, and began work at Artmic [1], an anime studio. During this time, he worked on Bubblegum Crisis, producing the original Knight Saber character designs. He also worked on Gall Force, for which he did the original character designs. Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the capital and one of the forty-seven prefectures of Japan. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bubblegum Crisis is an anime OVA series that takes at least part of its inspiration from Philip K. Dicks and Ridley Scotts Blade Runner. ... Gall Force is a group of science fiction anime OAV series by the studio Artmic, with production by Youmex and/or AIC. The original character designs were by Kenichi Sonoda, though these were dropped for the Gall Force Revolution remake (which, as of 2005, is also the only series not...


He worked at Artmic until 1991, when he began work on the manga series Gunsmith Cats. Gunsmith Cats is one of Sonoda's best known works, being both a Harvey [2], and Tezuka award nominee. Sonoda concluded Gunsmith Cats' run in 1997, when he put the manga on hiatus, and began work on Cannon God Exaxxion. In 2004, after finishing Cannon God Exaxxion, he returned to work on Gunsmith Cats, with the follow-up manga, Gunsmith Cats Burst [3]. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gunsmith Cats is a series of manga and anime work by Kenichi Sonoda. ... The Harvey Awards are given for achievement in comic books. ... The Tezuka Award (since 1971) is a semi-annual manga award offered by the Japanese publisher Shueisha (集英社), under the auspices of its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cannon God Exaxxion is a seven volume manga by Kenichi Sonoda that deals with Earths fight against alien colonization with the help of giant robots and super powered battle suits. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gunsmith Cats (ガンスミス キャッツ) is a series of manga and anime work by Kenichi Sonoda. ...


Sonoda has appeared AnimeCon in 1991, the Anime Expo in 1996, and Anime Central in 1998 [4]. AnimeCon is an anime convention held in 1991 in San Jose, California[1]. Many of the staff of this convention went on to form the Anime Expo convention. ... Outside the convention hall at AX2004 Anime Expo, also known as AX, is an anime convention that usually takes place on the July 4th weekend for 4 days every year in Southern California. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Anime Central (Acen for short) is an anime convention that is held yearly in Rosemont, Illinois, in the United States. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


Personal life

Sonoda is a self-confessed [5] gun fanatic, owning several replica guns.


Works

Anime:

  • Wanna-Be's (1986) -- character concept design
  • Gall Force: Eternal Story (1986) -- character design
  • Bubblegum Crisis (1987) -- character and mecha design
  • Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987) -- production design
  • Gall Force: Destruction (1987) -- character design
  • Gall Force: Stardust War (1988) -- character design
  • Riding Bean (1989) original story, character design
  • Gall Force Earth (1989) -- character design
  • Rhea Gall Force (1989) -- character design
  • Bubblegum Crash (1991) -- character design
  • Gall Force: New Era (1991) -- character design
  • Otaku no Video (1991) -- character design
  • Gunsmith Cats (1995) -- original story, character design
  • Idol Fighter Su Chi Pai (1996) -- original character designs

Manga: Riding Bean is an anime Original Video Animation following the exploits of couriers for hire Bean Bandit and Rally Vincent. ... Bubblegum Crash is a three episode OVA anime series, the sequel to Bubblegum Crisis. ... DVD cover of North American release of Otaku no Video. ...

  • Gunsmith Cats (1991-1997)
  • Cannon God Exaxxion (2000-2004)
  • Gunsmith Cats Burst (2004-ongoing)

Notes and references

  1. ^ Interview with Kenichi Sonoda, Gunsmith Cats, Bonnie and Clyde (Dark Horse Comics, 1996), p. 3.
  2. ^ The Harvey Awards. Harvey Award Nominees 1997. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  3. ^ Anime News Network. Gunsmith Cats Burst. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  4. ^ Anime-cons.com. Anime-Cons Bio of Sonoda. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  5. ^ DarkHorse.com. Dark Horse interview with Sonoda. Retrieved on September 16, 2006.

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External links

  • A Dark Horse interview with Sonoda

 
 

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