This is the second in my series of staff highlight posts. My sources include various written and video interviews, audio commentaries, and individual research.
Akira Yasuda (pen name “akiman”) is a game designer, character designer, and mecha designer who currently works as a freelancer but was formerly employed by Capcom in the 1980s and 1990s. He gained international fame as the character designer for the transformative fighting game series, Street Fighter II. He provided character designs for Turn A Gundam.
Below is a highlight of info and fun facts pertaining to his time on Turn A Gundam.
Akira Yasuda (better known by his pen name “akiman”) is the character designer for Turn A Gundam. He is well-known for his various design roles in video games, notably the Street Fighter series. He has also been involved in anime linked to director Yoshiyuki Tomino, such as Turn A Gundam, King Gainer, and Gundam Reconguista in G. I had the opportunity to meet akiman at Anime Expo in 2016, and I was blessed with yet another opportunity at this year’s Anime Expo.
And here we are! The final chapter of Wind of the Moon. Included also are commentaries by Harutoshi Fukui and Ryuusuke Hikawa, and an afterword by akiman himself.
If you ask me, WotM‘s a total mess, but it introduces a lot of interesting ideas to the Turn A Gundam universe: intergalactic transfer portals, hyperadvanced human civilizations, Newtype evolution, etc., and there’s some nice backstory on the Moonrace as a people. It’s beautifully drawn too. I enjoyed it.
I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project: khoda, nanopocalypse, nozaku, and myself. It means a lot to me. For years this manga has been seen as an enigma and something fans had given up hope on, so I’m glad to have led the effort to translate it.
So what’s next? Who knows. I have a few potential projects lined up. We shall see!
Thank you for reading!
Typesetting / organizing: Feez
TL checking: nozaku
Cleaning / editing: nanopocalypse
Final Chapter – Tomorrow, the Bright Skies of Earth