Noriko Takaya

Noriko Takaya (Japanese: 高屋法子) is an artist who has been involved with the development of several highly successful anime films, specifically creating background art or harmony effects. She is the wife of special effects master and Gainax member Shinji Higuchi. She is also the namesake of the heroine of Gunbuster, one of Gainax's first anime television series, whom Higuchi named after her. Takaya's role within the Pokémon franchise is limited to two illustrations for Pokémon LEGEND cards from the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, which she produced in collaboration with her husband.



Title Date Position
Dallos 1983 Background Artist
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Backgrounds, Harmony Effect
Urusei yatsura (5 episodes) 1984-1985 Background Artist
Dirty Pair (5 episodes) 1985 Background
Magical Emi, the Magic Star (19 episodes) 1985-1986 Background Artist
Castle in the Sky 1986 Background Artist (harmony treatment)
Akira 1988 Harmony Process, Special Effects Backgrounds
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland 1989 Background Artist
Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Harmony Process
Only Yesterday 1991 Harmony Process
Porco Rosso 1992 Harmony Process
The Invention of Destruction in the Imaginary Machines 2002 Harmony Process
Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Harmony Process
Tales from Earthsea 2004 Special Thanks
Summer Wars 2009 Harmony Process
Arrietty 2012 Harmony Process