Mine Yoshizaki

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Mine Yoshizaki

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Information
Japanese Name: 吉崎 観音
Occupation: Manga Artist & Character Designer
Website: MINE GARAGE

Mine Yoshizaki (Wikipedia)

Mine Yoshizaki (Japanese: 吉崎 観音) is the creator of the Kemono Friends Franchise. He is a Japanese manga artist born in Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Nagasaki, raised in Isahaya, Nagasaki. He is best known for his Sgt. Frog manga series.

He later created the concept designs of Kemono Friends which has been developed into Kemono Friends (2015 Mobile Game) published by Nexon, the first entry of multimedia franchise. It then was adapted into 2 seasons of anime, Kemono Friends and Kemono Friends 2. He is credited for their concept design.

Autograph of Mine Yoshizaki displayed in Kadokawa booth in the 20th Taiwan Manga Expo. Photo by Solomon203, 2019.

Although he has kept his social media presence to minimum since 2017, he is still active behind the scene. Besides the ongoing Sgt. Frog manga series, he has been, though often not publicly credited, playing a major role in different Kemono Friends projects, including the mobile game, Kemono Friends 3 released in 2019 and the virtual YouTuber project, KemoV, started in 2021. His artworks to celebrate special occasions of individual KemoV members show his active involvement behind the scene.

Trivia

  • Among KemoV members and fans, he is always addressed by the nickname, 'the park staff-san who is good at drawing' instead of his name.
  • He is credited for concept design, Live2D character design and modelling for KemoV Project as mentioned in his commentary about KemoV in the Vtuber magazine, Vtuber Mode vol3, 2023.
  • His birthday is on December 2nd, the same date as Natsumi Hinata (日向夏美), the main female human protagonist from 'Sgt Frog', the popular manga series he created.
  • His original manga series, Sgt. Frog, has collabed with Kemono Friends, the franchise he helps create. His Sgt. Frog characters have appeared as Friends in Kemono Friends's 2015 Mobile Game published by Nexon and Kemono Friends 3.