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ASAMIYA Kia  [Edit]
     
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Associated Names
菊地道隆
KIKUCHI Michitaka
 
Name (in native language)
麻宮騎亜
 
Birth Place
Kitakami, Iwate, Japan
 
Birth Date
January 28, 1963
 
Zodiac
Aquarius
 
Last Updated
December 28th, 9:08pm PST
 
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Kia Asamiya (born in 1963) is the pen-name of a popular Japanese manga artist whose work spans multiple genres and appeals to diverse audiences (1990s).

He is well-known for using influences from American comics, television, and movies in his work, and describes himself as a big fan of both Batman and Star Wars. One of the most widely-published Japanese manga-ka, nearly all of his stories have been translated into other languages, including English. His two most successful and popular manga series to-date are Nadesico and Silent Möbius.

Prior to becoming a manga artist, Asamiya graduated from the Tokyo Designer School, and then worked as a character designer for a number of anime series, and even designed models for some of the later Godzilla movies (1980s). For this career, he used a different pen-name, Michitaka Kikuchi (菊地 道隆, Kikuchi Michitaka?), and maintained the two professional identities separately for many years. Several of the anime series that he worked on were very popular both inside and outside of Japan, most notably including Sonic Soldier Borgman. Even after focusing primarily on his manga career, Asamiya continued to do character designs and creative consultation on anime series based on his stories, occasionally under the Kikuchi name.

In the early 2000s, Asamiya has shifted his focus from teenage and young-adult stories to stories designed for children and for an American audience. In the former case, he credits his young children as a motivation, but in the latter case, he points to a long-standing desire to work with his favorite American characters. To that end, he has worked on projects with Image Comics, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics, as well as developing a manga adaptation of the movie, "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace".

While many Japanese artists (and artists in general) are quite reclusive, Asamiya often makes an effort to be available to his fans. He maintains a website with news and information about his studio, Studio TRON (named after the Disney movie TRON). He also aids and assists his Official Fan Club by sending them regular announcements and limited-edition merchandise. Despite these actions, he shunned all public photography, and had the often-hilarious habit of depicting himself with a placeholder sign for a face. It has become a trademark feature of his books that instead of a picture of the artist, there is an elaborately decorated rectangle sporting the words "Now Printing".


Bibliography:

* Shin Seiki Vagrants (Artwork only) (1987)
* Compiler
* Assembler 0X
* Silent Möbius
* Dark Angel
* Meteor Schlattschiff Nadesico
* Steam Detectives
* Corrector Yui
* Ebiru-kun
* Funpaira
* Dark Angel: Phoenix Resurrection
* Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace manga adaptation
* Batman: Child of Dreams
* Uncanny X-Men (Ink & Pencils)
* !Karapuri!
* Junk - Record of Last Hero -
* GUnHED (1990)
* Hellboy - Toy Soldier


Filmography:
(incomplete)

* Sonic Soldier Borgman TV series and OAV
* Hades Project Zeorymer TV series
* Compiler (anime) OAV
* Silent Möbius TV series and movies
* Martian Successor Nadesico TV series and movie
* Steam Detectives TV series
* Corrector Yui TV series
* Duplex Divine Video Game
 
Blood Type
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Gender
Male
 
Genres
Sci-fi(16)  Action(12)  Comedy(9)  Shounen(9)  Adventure(8)  Seinen(8)  Drama(6)  Fantasy(6)  Romance(4)  Mecha(3)  Shoujo(3)  Supernatural(3)  Mystery(2)  Ecchi(1)  Harem(1)  Mature(1)  Sports(1)  Tragedy(1) 
 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Assembler OX   Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Seinen   1992
Batman: The Child of Dreams   Action, Adventure, Seinen   2000
Color-Pri!   Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi, Seinen   2004
Compiler   Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Seinen   1991
Corrector Yui   Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shoujo   1999
Corrector Yui (ASAMIYA Kia)   Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shoujo   1999
Corrector Yui Ver.2   Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shoujo   2000
D-Divine   Action, Shounen   2001
Dark Angel - Phoenix Resurrection   Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen   2000
Gacha Gacha Family Evil-Kun   Comedy   2001
Gunhed   Action, Mecha, Sci-fi   1989
Himegami Gadget   Seinen   2011
Junk - Record of the Last Hero   Action, Drama, Mature, Sci-fi, Shounen   2004
Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan   Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen   1994
Kanojo no Carrera   Comedy, Ecchi, Seinen, Sports   2004
Kanojo no Carrera RS   Seinen   2013
Kidou Senkan Nadesico   Action, Adventure, Comedy, Harem, Mecha, Sci-fi, Shounen, Tragedy   1997
Seijuu Denshou Dark Angel   Action, Adventure, Fantasy   1992
Shin Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan   Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen   2001
Shin Seiki Vagrants   Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen   1986
Silent Möbius Klein   Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Supernatural   1994
Silent Möbius QD     2013
Silent Möbius Tales   Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2003
Silent Mobius   Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   1988
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace   Action, Adventure, Sci-fi   1999
Time Diver Govisor   Mecha, Shounen   1995
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