My favorite illustrators – Japanese illustrator Murata Range (村田 蓮爾 Murata Renji)

Range Murata (村田 蓮爾 Murata Renji?, born October 2, 1968 in Osaka) is a Japanese artist and designer, known for his unique style combining Art Deco and Japanese anime elements. He is best known for his conceptual design work on anime series Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6.

He began his career in the early 1990s doing design work for video games, including having done the character designs for the 2003 PlayStation 2 game Spy Fiction.

He has published more than a dozen books of his work, some of the most notable being rule, and futurhythm. He is also voted “Best Artist of the Year” 2006 in the Seiun Award.

From Wikipedia

Wikipedia link

Range Murata (Renji Murata, UK: Range Murata [1], 10 February 1968 [1] -) is a Japanese illustrator, designer. Osaka born [1]. Blood type is AB type [1]. Major works include in charge of character design, such as “LAST EXILE”, “Blue Submarine No. 6” [2].

Osaka University of Arts [3] Faculty of Arts, Department of Design Industrial Design (now Life Design) course dropped out.

In the 34th Zohon-Sotei Competition Exhibition in 2000, comic that Murata planned (the comic department) “FLAT” won Japan Book Publishers Association Chairman Award , in the 38th Zohon Sotei Competition Exhibition in 2004 , won for second time the Japan book publishers Association Chairman Award for what became art book “futurhythm”, also in 2006, has been awarded the 37th nebula Award (art department), and technology is evaluated there as an illustrator [1]. And such Masahiro Ito writed Murata draws illustrations “with a unique atmosphere”[2]. From 2013 he has been working as a cartoon character design in undergraduate course in Kyoto Seika University. In addition, coterie Circle “PASTA’S ESTAB.” in which he has presided over, has announced that original goods came with the illustration collection and design in which he was in charge of[2].


Because he was longing to be car designer, when he realized that in the university majoring in design, retro design, which Murata aimed is difficult, he dropped out. Then, after joining part-time jobs, such as character design of the fighting game by Atlas “Power Instinct” series, moved on to a freelance illustrator and he started coterie activities influenced by the effects of the surroundings.

Illustrations to be announced in the coterie circle of “PASTA’S ESTAB.”, Cover illustrations dealt with at the same time they got the enthusiastic support of commercial magazines. Depict addition to the charm of the character, attracts attention at the same time in drawn accessories and clothes of texture, design, that led to the production of “rm” label. The goods group of the original design in the wake of the FA declaration, currently, clothing from the illustrations, bag, the width of the clock, and to fashion design, such as boots activities show the spread. The retro atmosphere that exists in a classic camera or in the collection house clock, can be found in Murata’s drawings, such as is also a homage to the past of superior industrial products anywhere.

Work list


LIKE A BALANCE LIFE – the first book of paintings (1997)

FLAT – Range Murata planning edit full-color comics (1999) – 34th Zohon-Sotei Competition Exhibition Japan Book Publishers Association Chairman Award (Comic department) Winner

LIKE A BALANCE LIFE 0.5 – the first art book cheaper version of the (2000)

futurhythm – the second book of paintings (2003) – won the 38th Zohon-Sotei Competition Exhibition Japan Book Publishers Association Chairman Award

re futurhythm – the second book of paintings cheaper version of the (2004)

fa documenta Range Murata -001 + 002 collection catalogue– – fa series Explanation, Book of (2004)

rule – fa series Explanation, Book of (2004)

formcode – the third book of paintings (2006)

robot (Vol.1~10) – Range Murata responsibility edit full-color comics (2004 – 2008)

PRISMTONE RANGE MURATA ANIME WORKS1998-2006 – the fourth book of paintings (2010)


Free comfort. (1994 / Manga Erotopia September 8 special issue – May 2003 issue) – Cover

Free comfort. (1995 / Manga Erotopia July 13 special issue – May 2003 issue) – AFTER SERVICE

Free comfort. (June 2003 -) – futuregraph series in Ultra Jump – Cover, pinup

Marion & Co take out a hand to the golden Township (Eldorado) (novel) – Cover, illustrations

Author disappeared (novel) – illustration

Quarterly Komikkazu (July 1999 – Issue May 2002) – Cover, pinup

Quarterly es (2003 Winter /No.1 -) – 4D STYLE series in

Guidance of the star (empty / encounter of the galaxies of horizon / calamity of the awakening of the earth / dispute) (novel) – Cover

Men’s play (novel) – Cover

Counterfeit game (novel) – Cover

Tara Duncan (children’s book) – Cover

JC.COM (cartoon) – Cover

Cup Kraft DRAGNET MIRAGE RELOADED (novel) – Cover, illustrations

Girl bicycle liberated areas – cover, edit cooperation

Queen of the giant isolated city of advance (novel) – Cover, illustrations


Power Instinct – illustration, character design

Power Instinct 2 – illustration, character design

GROOVE ON FIGHT – illustration, character design

Bakken loader

Play hot gimmick free Rakuten – mascot character design

Eternal chain ※ discontinued development

New Australian Chitera clan 闘婚 ~Matrimelee~

Spy fiction


Blue No. 6 (OVA) – character design

LAST EXILE – original character / image concept [4]

Mardock Scramble (OVA) ※ production stop

SOLTYREI – concept design draft: Rose bike design

Shangri-La – character design

Last Exile – Silver Sky Fam – – character design [5]

Sunset Orchestra Orchestra (109 short animation of Cinemas at intermission screening) – character design [6]

ID-0 – animation character draft


POSTMAN BAG – original design bag / MODEL A & B (2002 years), BIG & SMALL (2006 years)

fa RANGE MURATA COLLECTION series – the original design of clothes, bags, watches, sunglasses, wallets, boots, etc.

PSE SOLID COLLECTION (Ver.1.0 / 1.5 / 2.0 / 3.0) – figures

robot figure collection (Ver.1) – figure

Pinky Street rm:. Pinky rmp001 of Dzuna, rmp002 Mayura, rmp003 kinase – Figures

TT-BUTTEFULY (1/10 Scale PVC) – Figures

PSE PRODUCTS # 01 – # 06 – figure (. Limited ver there)


2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan Mitsui-Toshiba Pavilion “Space Child Adventure Grand Odyssey” – costume design

2.5-dimensional television – program character design

From Japanese Wikipedia

There may be mistakes in the translation

Wikipedia link (Japanese)村田蓮爾


Official Website link



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