Mana Ibe

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Ibe in 2010

Mana Ibe (Japanese: 井部真那, born November 27, 1985 in Tokyo) is a graphic designer who has worked for the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game series.

Ibe's first known involvement with the Pokémon franchise was in the staff of Pokémon Platinum under "Special Thanks", although it is currently unknown exactly what role she played in the development of that game. She later illustrated a card in the Arceus expansion: Manectric. In the staff of Pokémon Black and White, she is listed under "Pokémon Designer". This is a résumé shared by Keiko Moritsugu and Reiko Tanoue, who both illustrated a single card from the Arceus expansion and are listed under the same roles in both sets of credits.

Ibe appears to have acquired a bigger role in Pokémon games since Pokémon Black and White. In a interview with Junichi Masuda, it was revealed that she designed Victini.[1] Along with Victini, she designed about 10 other Pokémon for Pokémon Black and White.[2]

As of 2022, Ibe was appointed the art director of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, her most senior role on the series thus far.



The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Ibe.

Cards illustrated

Game credits



  1. 1.0 1.1 Yin-Poole, Wesley (23 February 2011). "The brains behind Pokemon Black and White." (Page 2). Eurogamer.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pokémon Peer interview (Translation by Pokebeach)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pokemon Black / White - Overview Interview with Junichi Masuda and Mana Ibe, conducted in 2011 and posted to YouTube on July 13, 2016. GameTrailers.
  4. Junichi Masuda on Twitter
  5. Hilliard, Kyle (February 14, 2014). "Afterwords – Pokémon X & Y." Game Informer.
  6. (February 10, 2011). Interview with Game Freak in London by Bisafans (Page 2) (German)

External links

Pokémon designers

Emi AndoHitoshi ArigaKanako EoHiroki FuchinoMotofumi Fujiwara
Misaki HashimotoMana IbeAsuka IwashitaTomohiro KitakazeFumie Kittaka
Yusuke KozakiKazuyuki KurashimaLee HyunJungMegumi MizutaniShigeki Morimoto
Keiko MoritsuguKensaku NabanaAtsuko NishidaYusuke OhmuraTomohiko Ohkubo
Muneo SaitōKen SugimoritakeReiko TanoueAimi TomitaKenkichi Toyama
Saya TsurutaJames TurnerTakao UnnoEmi YoshidaHironobu Yoshida