Dark Fantasy & Character Concept Artist,
Born in the Fukuoka prefecture of Japan, and now living in Los Angeles, CA. Akihito won the TV Champion's Special Effects Make-Up King Competition three years consecutively starting in 1988. In that same year, he also won the Avant-Gard Make-up competition at the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show.In the following years, Akihito shined as the main Kaiju Designer for Ultraman Cosmos.
In the following years, Akihito shined as the main Kaiju Designer for Ultraman Cosmos. After making the decision to move to America in 2002 to pursue a Hollywood career, he has found success as one of the key Special Effects Make-up Artist on many movies, including PACIFIC RIM, LOST WORLD, PREDATORS, NARNIA 1, 2, and 3, TERMINATOR SALVATION, TERMINATOR GENESIS, IRONMAN 2, SHUTTER ISLAND, and ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
“Heart of Art” Akihito's first art book Released worldwide (15 countries including Japan). “Heart of Art”
-Dimensional “Statue of Peace” Selected work in SPECTRUM 25
-Dimensional “Nephila” Silver Award Selected work in SPECTRUM 24
-Dimensional “Death Wings” Selected work in SPECTRUM 23 The best contemporary Fantastic Art
-Dimensional “Wind Messenger” Silver Award Selected work in SPECTRUM 18 The best contemporary Fantastic Art
-Dimensional “Elegant Medusa” Gold Award Selected work in SPECTRUM 16 The best contemporary Fantastic Art
-Dimensional “Heart of Art” Silver Award Selected work in SPECTRUM 15 The best contemporary Fantastic Art
-Main designer of Ultraman Cosmos (Japan's famous super hero character loved by all the children in Japan as Superman is in the US) TV series (65 stories) in 2001
-Produced an original special make-up effects fashion show in the 200 Independent Movie Festival in Tokyo.
-Won three consecutive victories for the Special Effects Make-up Artists Championship in Japan.
-Won the first prize for the Avant-Garde category in the annual competition event at the 1999 International Make-up Artist Trade Show, California USA.