Masakazu Fukuda

Masakazu Fukuda (Japanese: 福田正和) is an illustrator who was primarily involved with character and graphic design with many game companies in the 1990s before becoming a freelance illustrator. He has been providing artwork for the Pokémon Trading Card Game since 2003.
Fukuda holds many artists in high regard and has several interests. He is a fan of mecha and admires the work of designer Hajime Katoki. Other favorites include manga artists Katsuhiro Otomo, Masamune Shirow and Akira Toriyama, as well as illustrators Jun Suemi and Takani Yoshiyuki, who designed the package art for many military model kits in the 1960s. He is a keen biker, engages in wide-angle photography, and enjoys electronic music and music from the late 60s, particularly that of James Brown.

Artwork by Masakazu Fukuda



This list is missing several credits

Title Platform Release date Position
Tengai Makyō: Ziria TurboGrafx-16 1989-06-30 Special Thanks
Zero Divide PlayStation 1995-08-25 Production Design and Art Director
Tengai Makyō III: Namida PlayStation 2 2005-04-14 Assistant enemy character design
Culdcept Saga Xbox 360 2006-11-22 Development Artist


Title Date
Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations 2003–
Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Card Game illustrations 2006
CharaOn Studio character design 2006
FM Sound Maniacs (MelodyClip♪) CD cover design 2006
Pokémon Trading Card Game packaging art for Japanese and overseas releases 2006—
Ranger Strike Card Game illustrations 2006—
The Fusion Clashes: Gundam Battle Rave illustrations 2007—
Pokémon Daisuki Tales Mysterious Maze illustration 2007
Pokémon Center shop goods illustrations 2007—
Speedking Vol. 1 (Speedking Productions) CD cover design 2008
Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: NEO Card Game illustrations 2008—
Speedking Vol. 2 (Speedking Productions) CD cover design 2009
OG Crusade Card Game illustration 2009
Macross Crusade Card Game illustration 2009
The Kamen Rider Version 2 package illustration 2009
Carranger! Dash Rider package illustration 2009
Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride card illustrations 2009—
Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirt illustration 2009
Speedking Vol. 3 (Speedking Productions) CD cover design 2010
The Kamen Riders 4 package illustration 2010
Teos Makia chocolate snack card illustrations 2010
Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O card illustrations 2010

Work for the TCG

Fukuda describes his illustrations as cute, colorful and vibrant. He uses his eye for color and detail to give the Pokémon he depicts character and depth, making his images very striking and distinctive. His first TCG illustrations were featured in the EX Team Rocket Returns set. He provided illustrations for all Pokémon ☆ in the TCG, which are perhaps his most prominent as he purposefully exaggerates the angles and colors used to make them stand out. In addition to providing artwork for the cards themselves, he has also provided artwork for deck kits and special packs in Japan, as well as booster packs and theme decks for English and European releases. In particular, he provided work for the Majestic Dawn set for booster packs as well as theme decks, Polar Frost, and Forest Force. His favorite Pokémon is Lugia. Thus far, Fukuda has illustrated 472 cards for the TCG. For a list of cards he has illustrated, go here.

External links

Fukuda's personal website