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'''Kouki Saitou''' (Japanese: '''斎藤コーキ'''), born May 13, 1973, is a freelance illustrator who does work for the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]]. Prior to this, he did a lot of manga illustrations for popular Japanese game tie-ins under his {{tt|¼ King!|Quarter King!}} label. He has also designed a number of characters and mascots that feature on his website as part of a fantasy land called "Kortlek", which showcase his quirky yet detailed drawing style.
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'''Kouki Saitou''' (Japanese: '''斎藤コーキ'''), born May 13, 1973, is a freelance illustrator who does work for the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]]. Prior to this, he did a lot of manga illustrations for popular Japanese game tie-ins under his {{tt|¼ King!|Quarter King!}} label. He has also designed a number of characters and mascots that feature on his website as part of a fantasy land called "Kortlek", which showcase his quirky yet detailed drawing style. When asked on Twitter, he cited Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki as some of his biggest influences. <ref>https://twitter.com/Kouglof0513/status/1579342053829677059</ref>
  
 
==Works==
 
==Works==
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===Key Artwork===
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File:Key Art Guardian Signs.jpg| Boxart for [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:Ranger 3 Deoxys mission art.png| Key artwork of the [[Deoxys]] [[Ranger Net]] Mission from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt>[https://twitter.com/Kouglof0513/status/1576576182736125953 Tweet from Saitou about drawing Key Art for Guardian Signs]</ref>
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File:Ranger 3 Heatran mission art.png| Key artwork of the [[Heatran]] [[Ranger Net]] Mission from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:Guardian Signs Mewtwo Battle.jpg| Key artwork of the [[Mewtwo]] battle from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:Guardian Signs Riding Latias.jpg| Key artwork of [[Summer]] riding [[Latias]] battle from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:Guardian Signs Riding Suicune.jpg| Key artwork of [[Ben (Ranger)|Ben]] riding [[Suicune]] from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:Ranger 3 multiplayer mode art.png| Key artwork for the multiplayer mode from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:Ranger 3 Ranger Sign artwork.png| Key artwork of the [[Ranger Sign]] mechanic from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref name=GSignArt />
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File:PichuPR3art.png|[[Ukulele Pichu]] artwork from [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Guardian Signs]]<ref>[https://twitter.com/Kouglof0513/status/1576519884267102209 Tweet from Saitou about drawing the key art for Ukulele Pichu]</ref>
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</gallery>
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===Other Illustrations===
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File:Kouki Saitou Pichu Day 2020.png| 2020 Fan Art to celebrate [[Pichu]] day in Japan<ref>https://twitter.com/Kouglof0513/status/1576467426287288321</ref>
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File:Kouki Saitou Pichu Day 2022.png| 2022 Fan Art to celebrate [[Pichu]] day in Japan<ref>https://twitter.com/Kouglof0513/status/1576543015887581184</ref>
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</gallery>
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===Illustrations===  
 
===Illustrations===  
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!Title
 
!Date
 
!Publisher
 
|-
 
| ''Fatal Fury 2'' Anthology || 1994 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Super Robot Wars F Final'' Anthology || 1998 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Psychic Force 2012'' || 1998 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''The King of Fighters '98'' || 1998 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Thousand Arms'' || 1998 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Xenogears'' || 1998 || Movic
 
|-
 
| ''Xenogears'' Comic Anthology || 1998 || Movic
 
|-
 
| ''Neon Genesis Evangelion: Iron Maiden'' || 1998 || DNA
 
|-
 
| ''The King of Fighters '98'' Anthology || 1998 || DNA
 
|-
 
| ''The King of Fighters '98'' Short Comic || 1998 || DNA
 
|-
 
| ''Thousand Arms'' Anthology || 1999 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha'' || 2000 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha'' Anthology || 2000 || Kobunsha
 
|-
 
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha: Great Combination'' || 2000 || Kobunsha
 
 
|-
 
|-
| ''SD Gundam G Generation F'' || 2000 || Kobunsha
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! style="background-color: #CCCCFF; {{roundytl|5px}}" | Title
|-
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! style="background-color: #CCCCFF" | Date
| ''Grandia II'' Official Comic Fan Book || 2000 || MediaWorks
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! style="background-color: #CCCCFF; {{roundytr|5px}}" | Publisher
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha Anthology: Roar of their Hero'' || 2001 || Kobunsha
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| ''Fatal Fury 2'' Anthology
|-
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| 1994
| ''Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil'' Dictionary || 2001 || Kobunsha
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| Kobunsha
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| ''Arcadia'' October issue: character design planning page || 2001 || Enterbrain
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| ''Super Robot Wars F Final'' Anthology
|-
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| 1998
| ''The King of Fighters 2001'' Anthology 2 || 2001 || Enterbrain
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| Kobunsha
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| Pokémon Trading Card Game illustration || 2002– || Creatures
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| ''Psychic Force 2012''
|-
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| 1998
| ''Pokémon Trainer Magazine'' Volume 19 cover and promo card illustration || 2002 || Creatures
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| Kobunsha
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| ''Mon-Colle 2'' monster design and illustration || 2002– || Kadokawa/Fujimi Shobo
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| ''The King of Fighters '98''
|-
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| 1998
| ''Monthly Dragon Junior'' December issue: ''Mon-Colle'' monster illustration || 2002 || Fujimi Shobo
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| Kobunsha
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| ''Arcadia'' June issue: illustrations || 2003 || Enterbrain
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| ''Thousand Arms''
|-
+
| 1998
| ''Pichu-Pichu Stare-out!'' (Pokémon Exciting Picture Book) || 2003 || Shōgakukan
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| Kobunsha
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| ''Arcadia'' July issue: character design planning page || 2003 || Enterbrain
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| ''Xenogears''
|-
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| 1998
| ''Disgaea'' Anthology Collection: illustrations || 2003 || Jive
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| Movic
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
| ''Arcadia'' November issue: corner illustration and portrait illustration || 2003 || Enterbrain
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| ''Xenogears'' Comic Anthology
|-
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| 1998
| ''Arcadia'' December issue: corner illustration and portrait illustration || 2003 || Enterbrain
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| Movic
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Neon Genesis Evangelion: Iron Maiden''
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| 1998
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| DNA
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''The King of Fighters '98'' Anthology
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| 1998
 +
| DNA
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''The King of Fighters '98'' Short Comic
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| 1998
 +
| DNA
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Thousand Arms'' Anthology
 +
| 1999
 +
| Kobunsha
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha''
 +
| 2000
 +
| Kobunsha
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha'' Anthology
 +
| 2000
 +
| Kobunsha
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha: Great Combination''
 +
| 2000
 +
| Kobunsha
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''SD Gundam G Generation F''
 +
| 2000
 +
| Kobunsha
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Grandia II'' Official Comic Fan Book
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| 2000
 +
| MediaWorks
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Super Robot Wars Alpha Anthology: Roar of their Hero''
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| 2001
 +
| Kobunsha
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil'' Dictionary
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| 2001
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| Kobunsha
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Arcadia'' October issue: character design planning page
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| 2001
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| Enterbrain
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''The King of Fighters 2001'' Anthology 2
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| 2001
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| Enterbrain
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| Pokémon Trading Card Game illustration
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| 2002&mdash;
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| Creatures
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Pokémon Trainer Magazine'' Volume 19 cover and promo card illustration
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| 2002
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| Creatures
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Mon-Colle 2'' monster design and illustration
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| 2002&mdash;
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| Kadokawa/Fujimi Shobo
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Monthly Dragon Junior'' December issue: ''Mon-Colle'' monster illustration
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| 2002
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| Fujimi Shobo
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| ''Arcadia'' June issue: illustrations
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| 2003
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| Enterbrain
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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| Pokémon Exciting Tales ''Pichu-Pichu Staring Contest!''
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| 2003
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| [[Shogakukan]]
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Arcadia'' July issue: character design planning page
 +
| 2003
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| Enterbrain
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Disgaea'' Anthology Collection: illustrations
 +
| 2003
 +
| Jive
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Arcadia'' November issue: corner illustration and portrait illustration
 +
| 2003
 +
| Enterbrain
 +
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 +
| ''Arcadia'' December issue: corner illustration and portrait illustration
 +
| 2003
 +
| Enterbrain
 
|}
 
|}
 
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{{-}}
 
===Other illustrations===  
 
===Other illustrations===  
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!Title
 
 
|-
 
|-
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! style="background-color: #CCCCFF; {{roundytop|5px}}" | Title
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| Kids Town mural illustration (Pokémon Center Osaka)
 
| Kids Town mural illustration (Pokémon Center Osaka)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| Pokémon Cracker illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| Pokémon Cracker illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| Baked polvorones illustrations (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| Baked polvorones illustrations (Pokémon Center goods)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| "New Friends" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| "New Friends" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| "The First Draft" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| "The First Draft" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| "Aim for {{tt|Kaina City|Slateport City}}!" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| "Aim for {{tt|Kaina City|Slateport City}}!" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| "Adventures in the Desert Ruins" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| "Adventures in the Desert Ruins" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
|-
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|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
 
| "Motivate with Vigoroth" 2004 Annual illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
| "Motivate with Vigoroth" 2004 Annual illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
 
|}
 
|}
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{{-}}
  
 
==Work for the TCG==
 
==Work for the TCG==
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Latest revision as of 08:10, 14 October 2022

Kouki Saitou (Japanese: 斎藤コーキ), born May 13, 1973, is a freelance illustrator who does work for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Prior to this, he did a lot of manga illustrations for popular Japanese game tie-ins under his ¼ King! label. He has also designed a number of characters and mascots that feature on his website as part of a fantasy land called "Kortlek", which showcase his quirky yet detailed drawing style. When asked on Twitter, he cited Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki as some of his biggest influences. [1]

Works

Key Artwork

Other Illustrations

Illustrations

Title Date Publisher
Fatal Fury 2 Anthology 1994 Kobunsha
Super Robot Wars F Final Anthology 1998 Kobunsha
Psychic Force 2012 1998 Kobunsha
The King of Fighters '98 1998 Kobunsha
Thousand Arms 1998 Kobunsha
Xenogears 1998 Movic
Xenogears Comic Anthology 1998 Movic
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Iron Maiden 1998 DNA
The King of Fighters '98 Anthology 1998 DNA
The King of Fighters '98 Short Comic 1998 DNA
Thousand Arms Anthology 1999 Kobunsha
Super Robot Wars Alpha 2000 Kobunsha
Super Robot Wars Alpha Anthology 2000 Kobunsha
Super Robot Wars Alpha: Great Combination 2000 Kobunsha
SD Gundam G Generation F 2000 Kobunsha
Grandia II Official Comic Fan Book 2000 MediaWorks
Super Robot Wars Alpha Anthology: Roar of their Hero 2001 Kobunsha
Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil Dictionary 2001 Kobunsha
Arcadia October issue: character design planning page 2001 Enterbrain
The King of Fighters 2001 Anthology 2 2001 Enterbrain
Pokémon Trading Card Game illustration 2002— Creatures
Pokémon Trainer Magazine Volume 19 cover and promo card illustration 2002 Creatures
Mon-Colle 2 monster design and illustration 2002— Kadokawa/Fujimi Shobo
Monthly Dragon Junior December issue: Mon-Colle monster illustration 2002 Fujimi Shobo
Arcadia June issue: illustrations 2003 Enterbrain
Pokémon Exciting Tales Pichu-Pichu Staring Contest! 2003 Shogakukan
Arcadia July issue: character design planning page 2003 Enterbrain
Disgaea Anthology Collection: illustrations 2003 Jive
Arcadia November issue: corner illustration and portrait illustration 2003 Enterbrain
Arcadia December issue: corner illustration and portrait illustration 2003 Enterbrain


Other illustrations

Title
Kids Town mural illustration (Pokémon Center Osaka)
Pokémon Cracker illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
Baked polvorones illustrations (Pokémon Center goods)
"New Friends" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
"The First Draft" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
"Aim for Kaina City!" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
"Adventures in the Desert Ruins" series stationary illustration (Pokémon Center goods)
"Motivate with Vigoroth" 2004 Annual illustration (Pokémon Center goods)


Work for the TCG

Saitou's images focus on realism and dynamism. Many of his illustrations are reminiscent of the style in which characters are portrayed in the anime, though he uses light and shadow effectively to give them more depth. He also uses high and low angles to enhance the feeling of movement in many of his images. Saitou's first illustrations were featured in the Aquapolis expansion and he has continued to produce work for the TCG since. He has also produced artwork used on deck kits, booster packs and many pieces of merchandise sold through Pokémon Centers. For a list of cards he has illustrated, go here.

External links

Saitou's personal website