Born in Yokohama in 1978, Yûsuke KOZAKI is an artist in all genres in Japan’s pop culture scene. At 19, he won the prize of honor as Manga Young Talent in the 215th edition of the contest organized by Young Magazine. Next, he won the 40th Chiba Tetsuya Award, which gave him the opportunity to publish his first short story, Mikakunin Higoshojo Kaoru, in Young Magazine. Thanks to that, the doors of the professional world of manga opened for him. In 2002, his first long form story, Kyoko Karasuma, was published in the magazine B-Street.
In addition to his mangaka experience, Yusuke KOZAKI diversified his talents by becoming a chara-designer for animation. He works with animation studios on several anime series as a character designer. He was acclaimed for his talented work on the anime Speed Grapher, for Gonzo, and shortly thereafter Sunrise Studios entrusted him with character design for the anime Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto.
Not content to limit himself to manga and anime, Yusuke KOZAKI has worked extensively in video games as well. His work can be seen in titles such as Osu! Tatakae! Oendan, Lord of Vermilion and of course the popular No More Heroes series. His most recent efforts as the character designer for Fire Emblem Awakening have been extremely well received, and the game has enjoyed excellent reviews and sales.
This year, Yûsuke KOZAKI has worked on Tekken 7 for which he worked on the character of Lucky Chloe, and on the much expected Fire Emblem If.
Come meet Yûsuke KOZAKI at Japan Expo: he’s meeting you on Thursday for a panel, followed by a live drawing session. And he’ll be there everyday for signings!