Hidekaz Himaruya

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See also: Hidekaz Himaruya on the Kitayume Wiki
A self-portrait included in the back flap of Hetalia Volume 3.

Hidekaz Himaruya (日丸屋 秀和 Himaruya Hīdekazu), born May 8th, 1985, in Koriyama, Fukushima) is the creator of the series Hetalia: Axis Powers (originally titled Axis Powers Hetalia in the webcomic run).

Himaruya started the original Hetalia webcomic while he was attending Parsons School Of Design in New York City and continues the series in the present. He was an art design major until he dropped out in 2008, following his publishing contract with Gentosha Comics. He makes posts about his day-to-day life on his blog the Bamboo Thicket, along with the latest character designs and sketches.

Besides Hetalia, his website Kitayume (which started on June 19th, 2003) showcases his other manga projects and artwork. His latest series, Chibisan Date, currently runs in the magazine Comic Birz by Gentosha Comics (which also published the printed versions of the Hetalia manga).

Himaruya lived in New York from late 2006 until some point in early 2008, when he moved back to Japan following the release of the published Hetalia manga and his contract with Comic Birz.

Works

Published Manga

Webcomics

Online Games

Light Novels

Short Stories

  • Okinawa Heart (2006)

Trivia

"Sketch of a brilliant young Japanese artist by Prince Paul of Wy" -Principality of Wy website
  • In the earlier days of the Kitayume site (2003-2007), he used the name Kazuyoshi Himaruya (日丸屋 和良 Himaruya Kazuyoshi), which most notably appears in the credits of the Gakuen Hetalia demo.
  • Estonia's character design is based on his appearance, though not his hair and eye colors.
  • On his blog and update logs from archived versions of Kitayume, Himaruya mentions that he's a fan of both South Park and Happy Tree Friends. In some instances, he has referenced the song Let's Fighting Love (from the South Park episode Good Times With Weapons) by using the phrase and replacing "Fighting" with another word of his choice, such as: "Let's Flying Pan-ing Love" and "Let's Englanding Love".
  • Himaruya's hobbies (mentioned on the bio page at Kitayume) include photography, architecture, and collecting postcards.
  • The programs he uses to color and ink his artwork are: SAI Painter and Photoshop CS4 (having previously used Adobe Photoshop Elements 6). He also uses the program Inkscape for creating vector images.
  • He allows the usage of images from his site and blog, including scanlations of his work as long as no profit is involved, and encourages fans to create their own original characters, fan videos (MADs), or cosplay inspired by his works, though he actively discourages fans from copying and selling CDs. Selling any of the downloadable site games for profit is also prohibited.
  • He's admitted to having a rather questionable naming sense, and encouraged the fans to call the gender flipped nations by whichever names they chose to.
  • After the inclusion of a character representing the Principality of Wy, Prince Paul posted a sketch of Himaruya (left) with the following message: The prince admires the work that a brilliant young artist has done to draw our attention to the lighter side of international affairs in Axis Powers Hetalia. As a result of his work in manga a generation is growing up around the world having a greater awareness of the historical relationships between countries. This lucky generation should have a readymade tolerance for cultural difference, vital for peace in the world. Equerry, Hooray for hetalia!

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Flag of Japan.svg Behind the Scenes
Main Cast Daisuke Namikawa · Hiroki Yasumoto · Hiroki Takahashi · Katsuyuki Konishi · Noriaki Sugiyama · Masaya Onosaka · Yasuhiro Takato · Yuki Kaida
Supporting Cast Ayumu Asakura · Takahiro Fujimoto · Hozumi Gōda · Yōko Hikasa‎ · Mitsuhiro Ichiki‎ · Go Inoue · Kaito Ishikawa‎ · Ai Iwamura · Masami Iwasaki · Aki Kanada · Jun'ichi Kanemaru · Mikako Komatsu · Jun Konno · Atsushi Kousaka · Rie Kugimiya · Souma Maeda · Yuki Masuda · Nobuya Mine · Takahiro Mizushima · Eriko Nakamura · Masatomo Nakazawa‎ · Michiko Neya · Arisa Nishiguchi · Ai Orikasa · Romi Park · Keikou Sakai · Rei Sakai · Akira Sasanuma · Hiroshi Shimozaki · Masahisa Sogabe · Yūsuke Suda · Motoki Takagi · Megumi Takamoto · Urara Takano · Ken Takeuchi · Kokoro Tanaka · Kishô Taniyama · Daiki Yamashita
Crew Hidekaz Himaruya · Takeshi Oikawa · Atsushi Iwazaki · Kimie Takahashi · Masaki Yasuda · Takuya Hiramitsu · Masaaki Kannan · Mariko Oka · Maho Takahashi · Takeshi Mochida · Akira Shimozaki · Masahiro Matsumura · Bob Shirohata · Hiroshi Watanabe · Yoshinari Suzuki · Akira Yoshikawa · Conisch · Saki · Noriko Izumo · Satoshi Hirata · Hiroshi Nishijima · Mika Nomura · Kazuya Takahashi · Akihiko Okada · Keiichi Matsuda · Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Additional Cast Keiichiro Asai · Mai Goto · Mika Kanai · Ayako Kawasumi · Takuya Kodama · Takashi Kondo · Toshiki Kurosawa · Yūko Kurose · Rena Maeda · Yuko Mizutani · Kasumi Nakamura · Hiroshi Okamoto · Rina Satou · Noriko Shibasaki · Hekiru Shiina · Ryoko Shimizu · Ryoko Shintani · Sho Sudo · Riiko Tazawa · Aoi Yūki · Satsuki Yukino · Rika Zaiki
Companies The Code for Flower of Iris · DAX International · Gentosha Comics · Frontier Works · Honeybee · Media Factory · Shiitake Digital · Studio DEEN · Studio Tulip · Suwara Production
See also World Web Radio · Marukaite Kanshasai