Hitoshi Ariga

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Hitoshi Ariga, 2018

Hitoshi Ariga (Japanese: 有賀 ヒトシ Ariga Hitoshi; born August 23, 1972) is a professional artist who primarily illustrates manga and picture books, and has assumed the position of graphic designer for several Japanese titles in the game industry. He first began providing illustrations for the Pokémon Trading Card Game in 2011, though has been a fan of the franchise for many years. His main passion, however, lies with the Mega Man franchise, known as Rockman in Japan, where he has illustrated numerous manga and artwork for affiliated products since the mid 90’s. He likes to engage the community when he has the opportunity, appearing at exhibitions, and maintaining an online presence across several sites.

His illustrations within the Pokémon franchise often feature an ensemble, usually with one or two Pokémon in the foreground and many in the background, but all portrayed with a sense of motion or action. He also illustrated the cover of Find the Strongest Pokémon! Extremely Strong Deck Recipe Book, which features Team Plasma and Genesect facing off against the Unova Elite Four, Iris, and one each of their Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 party Pokémon, as well as the SawkThroh and RedGreen illustrations, which were used on various pieces of TCG merchandise sold in Japan. For a list of cards he has illustrated, go here.

Ken Sugimori recognized Ariga's design work and invited him to work on Pokémon X and Y[1].


The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Hitoshi Ariga.


The following is a list of characters designed by Hitoshi Ariga.

Cards illustrated

There are 119 cards illustrated by Hitoshi Ariga, look: Illus. by Hitoshi Ariga.

Other illustrations


Manga and light novels

Title Date Publisher
Rockman's Soccer (In Comic BonBon) 1994-12-20—1995 Kodansha
Rockman Remix 1996-04-05 Kodansha
Rockman Megamix Vol. 1 1997-04-04 Kodansha
Rockman Maniax (In Comic BonBon) 1997—1998 Kodansha
Rockman 10 Years History Book 1998-03 Kodansha
Rockman Megamix Vol. 2 1998-04-08 Kodansha
The Big O Vol. 1 1999-12-16 Kodansha
The Big O Vol. 2 2000-03-23 Kodansha
The Big O Vol. 3 2000-10-23 Kodansha
The Big O Vol. 4 2001-03-23 Kodansha
The Big O Vol. 5 2001-08-23 Kodansha
The Big O Vol. 6 2001-12-21 Kodansha
Mimimi ~The Tale of a Cat and a Robot~ 2002-06 Kodansha
Rockman Megamix Vol. 1 (2003 re-release) 2003-02-06 Enterbrain
Rockman Megamix Vol. 2 (2003 re-release) 2003-03-07 Enterbrain
The Big O -Lost Memory- Vol. 1 2003-03-20 Kodansha
Rockman Megamix Vol. 3 (2003 re-release) 2003-04-04 Enterbrain
The Big O -Lost Memory- Vol. 2 2003-10-23 Kodansha
Iron Jokers (In Weekly Shōnen Champion 2004 issues 20-38) 2004 Akita Shoten
Chi Moji GJ – Neko Shishaku Bōkentan 2005-02 Shodensha
Fukushū Suru Kaseki – Neko Shishaku Bōkentan 2005-08 Shodensha
Teppan Girl Akane!! (In Young King 2005 issue 10 to Young King 2006 issue 19) 2005—2006 Shōnen Gahosha
Star Wars Manga: Silver, Oh!! Jawajawa 2005-12-22 Tokyopop
Teiritsu Gurentai 2006-03-18 Takeshobo
Aka-chan☆Baby Marine-chan (Hontō ni Atta Yukai na Hanashi Ai no Itonami Special April 2006
issue to June 2006 issue, Hontō ni Atta Yukai na Hanashi DX October 2006 issue onwards)
2006— Takeshobo
TRIO de PINCH!! (In Monthly Comic Alive November 2006 issue to April 2007 issue) 2006—2007 Media Factory
Dinosaur Kingdom D-1 Maze Book 2008-02 Kin no Hoshi
Specter Heaven Spirit World Maze Book 2009-02-23 Kin no Hoshi
Rockman Megamix Vol. 1 (2009 re-release) 2009-05-26 BN Comics
Rockman Megamix Vol. 2 (2009 re-release) 2009-05-26 BN Comics
Rockman Gigamix Vol. 1 2009-09-30 BN Comics
Rockman Gigamix Vol. 2 2010-04-27 BN Comics
Monster Legend Maze Book 2010-08 Kin no Hoshi
Rockman Gigamix Vol. 3 2010-09-27 BN Comics
Rockman Maniax compilation 2011-07-11 BN Comics
Klonoa: Dream Traveller of Noctis Sol 2012-09— ShiftyLook


Title Platform Release date Position
Dragon Egg! TurboGrafx-16 1991-09-27 Opening Graphics
Kaizō Chōjin Shubibinman 3: Ikai no Princess TurboGrafx-16 1992-02-28 Graphics
Ranma ½: Neighborhood Combat SNES 1992-03-27 Character Graphics
Streets of Rage 2 Mega Drive 1992-12-20 Character Graphics
Ranma ½: Hard Battle SNES 1992-12-25 Character Graphics
ActRaiser 2 SNES 1993-10-23 Object Design
Illusion of Gaia SNES 1993-11-27 Character Graphics
GötzenDiener TurboGrafx-16 1994-11-25 Monster Graphics
The Story of Thor: A Successor of The Light Mega Drive 1994-12-12 Character Design/Character Graphics
The Story of Thor 2 Sega Saturn 1996-04-26 Character Design/Character Graphics
Vatlva Sega Saturn 1996-12-06 Character Design
Rockman & Forte SNES 1998-04-24 Box art illustration/Dynamo Man Design/Burner Man Design
Animetic Story Game 1: Cardcaptor Sakura PlayStation 1999-08-05 Character Graphics
Car Battler Joe Game Boy Advance 2001-11-30 Character Design/Character Graphics
Metalgun Slinger Game Boy Advance 2002-09-27 Character illustration
Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena PSP 2008-09-18 Character Illustration
Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena 2 - Spirit Burst PSP 2009-09-17 Character Illustration
Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS 2013-10-12 Character Design
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS 2014-11-21 Character Design
Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo 3DS 2016-11-18 Character Design
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS 2017-11-17 Pokémon Characters Design
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch 2019-11-15 Pokémon Design
Pokémon UNITE Nintendo Switch 2021-07-21 Character Design
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Nintendo Switch 2022-01-28 Pokémon Character Design
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Nintendo Switch 2022-11-18 Pokémon Design

Other illustrations

Title Date Publisher
Legend 80's: The Scheme Soundtrack cover illustration 2002-08-21 Scitron
Famicom Music Complete Works Rockman 1~6 cover and booklet illustrations 2002-09-20 Capcom
Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero booklet illustrations 2004-05-28 Inti Creates
Rockman ZX Soundtrack: ZX Tunes variant cover illustration 2006-10-27 Inti Creates
R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works illustrations 2008-03-25 Capcom
Rockman ZX Soundsketch - ZX GIGAMIX booklet illustrations 2008-08-01 Inti Creates
Rockman 9 Arrange Soundtrack cover and booklet illustrations 2008-10-10 Inti Creates
Chiptuned Rockman illustrations 2009-10-15 Inti Creates
Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations 2011-07— The Pokémon Company
Mega Man Tribute limited edition cover illustration 2011-07-19 Udon Entertainment
R20+5 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works illustrations 2012-12-17 Capcom


  • Hitoshi Ariga's favorite Pokémon is Misdreavus, as can be seen in his Twitter bio.


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Pokémon designers

Hitoshi ArigaHiroki FuchinoMotofumi FujiwaraMisaki HashimotoMana Ibe
Tomohiro KitakazeYusuke KozakiLee HyunJungMegumi MizutaniShigeki Morimoto
Keiko MoritsuguKensaku NabanaAtsuko NishidaYusuke OhmuraTomohiko Ōkubo
Muneo SaitōKen SugimoriReiko TanoueKenkichi ToyamaSaya Tsuruta
James TurnerTakao UnnoEmi YoshidaHironobu Yoshida