Japanese manga artist Takeshi Obata (born February 11, 1969) is probably best know for his character designs of the video game "Castlevania Judgment" and his work on "Death Note" and "Blue Dragon Ral Grad". He first got noticed by the manga community in 1985, when he was awarded the Tezuka Award for his one shot "500 Konen no shinwa". Takeshi Obata joined Weekly Shonen Jump before he started to work on his own series. He soon began to collaborate with other writers on their stories and finally established his name as shonen artist when he teamed up with Yumi Hotta on "Hikaru no Go" in 1998 – a cooperation for which he received the "Shogakukan Manga Award" in 2000 and the "Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize" in 2003. His very successful series "Death Note" followed in December 2003 and continued till May 2006.
Obata's extremely detailed style (which you can't fail to notice in "Death Note") no doubt lets him stand out among other shonen artists. His penchant for fashion is widely appreciated and adds personal panache to his characters, who often wear up-to-date, stylish clothes and trendy items like the latest fashionable scarf, tie or handbag. From 2006 to 2007 he provided artwork for "Blue Dragon Ral Grad", a manga adaptation of the fantasy video game, Blue Dragon. The first chapter of his latest work "Bakuman" was released in Japan in 2008 and like his previous work has also been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. His artworks on "Death Note" are collected in "Death Note: Obata Takeshi Illustrations 'Blanc et Noir'".