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Hitoshi Ariga Did Design Work For Pokemon X & Y


Renowned Japanese artist Hitoshi Ariga revealed on his deviantART page that he had a hand in some of the design work in Pokemon X & Y.  Specifically, he had designed these Pokemon:

  • Pangoro
  • Inkay
  • Malamar
  • Honedge
  • Doublade
  • Aegislash
  • Tyrunt
  • Tyrantrum
  • Amaura
  • Aurorus

Hitoshi Ariga has worked on numerous video games and manga works and is most famous for his contributions to the Rockman manga series (Mega Man in the west). He also did some illustrations for the Pokemon trading card game. What do you think of his contributions to Pokemon X & Y?

“I’ve actually been doing video game work for quite a while now (over two decades), including projects for things like PCE, MD, and SFC. Apparently the Pokemon art director, Sugimori, had taken notice of some of my past work and that’s why he asked me if I’d be interested in doing some design work for Pokemon XY.

So in some ways, designing Pokemon for XY was like an extension of my days of drawing monsters for “ActRaiser 2” and “Beyond Oasis”. I am a Pokemon Trainer as well as an illustrator, so needless to say I was incredibly honored and pleased to have this opportunity.

I just thought the Pokemon XY players following me might find this information interesting!” – Hitoshi Ariga

26 thoughts on “Hitoshi Ariga Did Design Work For Pokemon X & Y”

      1. At first glance, I had held a small grudge against another inanimate object pokemon.

        However, the Pokedex entry sold me.
        “If anyone dares to grab its hilt, it wraps a blue cloth around that person’s arm and drains that person’s life energy completely.”

  1. Malamar is a fucking BEAST. The AI just looses it’s shit at reverse stat effects. Just using Superpower and getting attack boosts

  2. so he created tyrunt and tyrantrum.. but what the hell happened when he created honedge? “fuck it. those autistic diaper fags will buy this shit anyway”

  3. Oh my God! All the pokemon on the list are my favourite pokemon from the latest generation.He did a good job on the design and creativity of the pokemon~Salute for him!

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