Yoshinobu Nishizaki
Birth name Hirofumi Nishizaki (西崎弘文 Nishizaki Hirofumi?)
Born (1934-12-18)December 18, 1934
Koishikawa, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Died November 7, 2010 (aged 75)
Chichi-jima, Ogasawara, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Field character design, illustration

Yoshinobu Nishizaki (西﨑義展, born December 18, 1934-November 7, 2010) is best known as the co-creator of Space Battleship Yamato[1][2] [3][4]. He was born in 1934 and graduated from Nihon University Art Department.

In 1994, he designed Yamato 2520. But in the end, Nishizaki was sued by the other Yamato co-creator, Leiji Matsumoto, for breach of copyright. Nishizaki won the case in 2002 and became the registered copyright holder.[5][6] [7][8] [9] [10]


  • December 2, 1997 - Police stopped his car on the Tōmei Expressway in Shizuoka after he was driving suspiciously. He was arrested when police found inside his attache case 50g of methamphetamine, 7g of morphine, 9g of marijuana. While on bail he went to the Philippines on his English-registered cruiser the Ocean Nine; he returned to smuggle in an M16 with M203 grenade launcher, a Glock 17, and a large amount of ammunition.[11] January 21, 1999, Nishizaki was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for the narcotics possession charge.
  • February 1, 1999 - Arrested after a handgun, 131 bullets and 20 grams of methamphetamine were seized from his house in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. Nishizaki voluntarily submitted two automatic rifles, 1,800 bullets, and 30 howitzer shells kept in a station wagon in his garage, police said. Police said that Nishizaki had hidden an Austrian handgun loaded with three bullets under a zaisu chair in a study. Nishizaki told police that he had bought the handgun in Hong Kong 10 years earlier to defend himself against Philippine pirates.[12][13][14] On February 20, 2003, he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for the possessing of firearms charge.[15] He was released from prison on December 9, 2007.


On November 7, 2010 at 00:35, he fell off of the steamship Yamato and drowned at Chichi-jima, Ogasawara.[16]



  1. "A Rainbow of Threads". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. "Leiji Matsumoto 1978 Interview". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  3. "Leiji Matsumoto 1976 Interview". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  4. "OUT Magazine Excerpt". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  5. "宇宙戦艦ヤマト事件判決". Retrieved 2008-07-20. (Japanese)
  6. "Yamato dispute arises again". Anime News Network. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  7. "December's Yamato Film Detailed by Director Nishizaki". Anime News Network. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  8. "The return of Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Space Battleship Yamato: Report 1". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  9. "New Yamato Report 2: Roots of Rebirth". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  10. "New Yamato Report 3". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  11. 「宇宙戦艦ヤマトプロデューサー 覚せい剤所持容疑で逮捕」『朝日新聞』1998年1月17日
  12. "Yamato producer arrested on guns, drug charges". Anime News Network. (February 13, 1999). Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  13. "National Briefs p.2". The Daily Yomiuri. (February 3, 1999). Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  14. 「宇宙戦艦ヤマト 製作者が銃所持 覚せい剤も」『日本経済新聞』1999年2月2日
  15. "Biography of Yoshinobu Nishizaki". Bella Online. (2010). Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  16. "Yamato Anime Producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki Passes Away". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 

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