Hitoshi Ariga at the 2010 HobbyStar Toronto Fan Expo.

Hitoshi Ariga (ありが ひとし Ariga Hitoshi, born 23 August 1972) is a Japanese manga artist and character designer. He is married to Yuzo Koshiro's younger sister Ayano Koshiro.


Rockman related



  • Aka-chan☆Baby Marine-chan (赤ちゃん☆ベイビーまりねちゃん)
  • The Big O (THE ビッグオー)
  • Iron Jokers (アイアンジョーカーズ)
  • Klonoa: Dream Traveller of Noctis Sol (artist)
  • Mimimi: The Tale of a Cat and a Robot
  • Star Wars Manga: Silver (writer of the story "Oh!! Jawajawa")
  • Teppan Girl Akane!! (鉄板少女アカネ!! Teppan Shōjo Akane!!)
  • TRIO de PINCH!! (トリオDEピンチ!!)


  • Kyōryū Ōkoku D‐1 Meiro Book
  • Yōkai Tengoku Reikai Meiro Book
  • Monster Densetsu Meiro Book
  • Yōkai Torimonochō Sarawa reta nopperabō (Illustrations)


  • ActRaiser 2 (Super Famicom/SNES, 1993) - Object designer.
  • Animetic Story Game 1: Cardcaptor Sakura (PlayStation)
  • Car Battler Joe (Gekitō! Car Battler Go!!, Game Boy Advance, 2001)
  • Dragon Egg! (PC Engine, 1991) - Opening graphics.
  • GötzenDiener (PC Engine, 1994)
  • Illusion of Gaia (Gaia Gensōki, Super Famicom/SNES, 1993) - Object designer.
  • Kaizō Chōjin Shubibinman 3: Ikai no Princess (PC Engine, 1992) - Graphics.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena (PSP, 2008)
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena 2 - Spirit Burst (PSP, 2009)
  • Metalgun Slinger (Game Boy Advance, 2002) - Character illustration.
  • Ranma ½: Chōnai Gekitōhen ("Ranma ½: Neighborhood Combat", americanized as "Street Combat" in USA, with major changes to the game. Super Famicon/SNES, 1992) - Graphic designer.
  • Ranma ½: Hard Battle (Ranma ½: Bakuretsu Rantōhen, Super Famicon/SNES, 1992) - Graphics.
  • The Story of Thor: A Successor of The Light (Known in North America as Beyond Oasis. Sega Mega Drive, 1994) - Object art and illustration.
  • The Story of Thor 2 (Known in North America as The Legend of Oasis. Sega Saturn, 1996) - Illustrator, object designer.
  • Streets of Rage 2 (Bare Knuckle 2, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1992) - Object designer.
  • Vatlva (Sega Saturn, 1996)
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (Nintendo 3DS, 2013) - Designer of Inkay, Malamar, Pangoro, Honedge, Doublade, Aegislash, Amaura, Aurorus, Tyrunt, and Tyrantrum.
  • Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield (Nintendo Switch, 2019) - Designer.



Black Man
  • Ariga came from the video game industry, where he worked on pixel art, character design, and illustrations for strategy books. As a result, he became close friends with illustrators Tomoharu Saitō and Satoshi Nakai, as well as game music composers Yuzo Koshiro and Kōji Hayama, and has long been a friend of Keiji Inafune.
  • Ariga participated in the Mega Man 8 boss character contest. His submissions were Army Man (アーミーマン, two headed robot), Black Man (ブラックマン, robot with sword) and Kraken Man (クラーケンマン, extendable arms). Although they were not chosen, Black Man is one of the designs in the ending credits.
  • Ariga based his penname on Hitoshi Nakamura, the civilian identity of the character Bravoman.[1]
  • Initially, he spelled his name as "有賀ヒトシ" and occasionally used the full hiragana spelling "ありがひとし" alongside it, but since 2016, he has been working exclusively under the hiragana spelling as a way of "superstition."[2]
  • His work often feature his own personal take on the established character designs of the Mega Man series, as opposed to using the existing design in his personal style. These redesigns range from minor modernizations (Mega Man, Cut Man, Flash Man, Ring Man) to very radical changes from the existing design (Guts Man, Air Man, Skull Man, Yamato Man). Robots created by Dr. Wily typically feature a W-buckle, while robots created by Dr. Light usually feature a R logo on their chests. Due to the complexity of the robots featured in later games, Ariga's redesigns are minimized when applied to those featured in Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8 and Mega Man & Bass, with many only featuring an added W-Buckle.
  • He has stated that the worldview of Mega Man that he depicts is an extension of the impression he got when he played the early Mega Man games.[3][4][5]
  • His favorite Mega Man game is Mega Man 2, his least favorite game is Mega Man X5.[6]
  • His favorite obscure Robot Master is Konro Man.[6]
  • Ariga created a female robot for Mega Man Megamix named Piano, who was intended to serve as a narrator and a teammate for Bass. However, the character was scrapped and never saw usage except in a bonus manga, as Hitoshi Ariga felt she drew too much attention away from the main story.[7]

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