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Kagemaru Himeno

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Kagemaru Himeno (Japanese: 姫野かげまる), born July 24, 1972, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a writer and illustrator who has provided material for Pokémon since the early years of the franchise. She started doing manga illustrations for RIBON Original in 1994, a magazine published by Shueisha, who along with other publishers Hakusensh and Shogakukan, own VIZ Media, which publishes manga outside Japan. Since 1997, Himeno has done many illustrations for Pokémon-related publications, including Pokémon Tales and her own series How I Became a Pokémon Card. She is also one of the few illustrators that has continued to produce card art since the early years of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. She likes to go by the nickname "Himemaru" (ヒメマル).

Works

Manga

Title Date Publisher
She is a Dangerous Rose 1994 Shueisha
Charmander Sees a Ghost (Pokémon Tales #1) 1997 Shogakukan
Where's Clefairy's Voice? (Pokémon Tales #15) 1997 Shogakukan
Not Yet, Caterpie (no English release) (Pokémon Tales #20) 1997 Shogakukan
First Prize for Starmie (Pokémon Tales #25) 1997 Shogakukan
Jigglypuff's Magic Lullaby (Pokémon Tales #30) 1998 Shogakukan
Pokémon Card GB Official Guidebook 1998 MediaFactory
Psyduck's Tongue Twisters (Pokémon Tales #37) 1998 Shogakukan
Meet Mew! (Pokémon Tales #42) 1998 Shogakukan
Pokémon 4-cell Gag Theater 1999 Shogakukan
How I Became a Pokémon Card Volume 1 1999 Shogakukan
How I Became a Pokémon Card Volume 2 1999 Shogakukan
PaPiPu: Pet Best Friend Story Volume 1 1999 Shogakukan
How I Became a Pokémon Card Volume 3 2000 Shogakukan
Togepi's Tears (Pokémon Tales #47) 2000 Shogakukan
How I Became a Pokémon Card Volume 4 2000 Shogakukan
PaPiPu: Pet Best Friend Story Volume 2 2000 Shogakukan
Himemaru: Pokémon Card Explorer 2000 MediaFactory
Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! Official Guidebook 2001 MediaFactory
How I Became a Pokémon Card Volume 5 2001 Shogakukan
How I Became a Pokémon Card Volume 6 2001 Shogakukan
Swinub's Nose (Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales #6) 2002 Shogakukan
Tales of Destiny 2 Comic Anthology Volume 1 2003 Enterbrain
Tales of Destiny 2 Comic Anthology Volume 2 2003 Enterbrain
Kirby of the Stars: Fellows of Pupupu Land 2003 Shogakukan
Sonim Story 2003 MediaFactory
Tales of Destiny 2 Comic Anthology Volume 3 2004 Enterbrain
Himemaru: Game Tenkomori! 2005 Famitsu DS + Wii
The Mysterious Yacht (Pokémon Daisuki Tales #3) 2005 Pokémon Daisuki Club

Work for the TCG

Himeno's artwork has been featured on cards since the Jungle expansion, and as such, it is usually instantly recognizable to long-time followers of the TCG. She openly admits that she loves the paintings she does, which reflects in the quality of her art. Himeno uses watercolors and often uses bright and vivid colors with softer tones to highlight areas of light and shadow. She also adds soft white flecks on some her images, which could be interpreted as cotton spores or the like. These are particularly apparent on her older works. Over the years, she has developed a sharper eye for detail, resulting in more crisp images with more adventurous backgrounds. For a list of cards she has illustrated, go here.

External links

Himeno's personal blog (archived)