Okayama Prefecture, Japan
|Known for||character design, illustration|
Fumikane Shimada (島田フミカネ), born January 26, is an anime and videogame illustrator and character designer from Okayama Prefecture.
Well known for sparking the popularity of the mecha musume boom within the 2000s, Fumikane was involved in various dōjin activities as one of the creators of military hardware girls. Various illustrations were featured in various commercial hobbyist magazines during this time, and his designs have been used in figurines by Toranoana and Konami. Later, he became involved in the character design for various military-themed television anime series and video games.
In July 2013, Fumikane was responsible for designing military recruitment posters and other promotional material for the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
Fumikane's works are well known for their unique mechanical girl design, which involve girls dressed in the armour of various mechanical systems. He is also able to draw detailed illustrations of weapons based on his knowledge of the mechanics of military weapons, and is not limited to drawing female characters.
- Sky Girls (2006): conceptual mechanical design, character design
- Strike Witches (2007): character design
- Girls und Panzer (2012): character design
- Hayate the Combat Butler: Nightmare Paradise: mechanical design
- Dariusburst (2009): character design
- Kantai Collection (2013): character design and in-game sprite illustrations
- Infantry Battle of Illusion (幻の歩兵戦)
- Strike Witches: Witches of Africa (ストライクウィッチーズ アフリカの魔女): illustrations
- 『島田フミカネ ART WORKS』, published by Kadokawa Group Publishing. ISBN 9784048542210.
- Senpai mo kōhai mo osananajimi mo tsundere de nemurenai CD (先輩も後輩も幼なじみもツンデレで眠れないCD)
- MCTCG Fairy Lore (MCTCG妖精伝承)
- Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
- 2013-10-10, 「艦これ」に“島田フミカネ艦娘”が登場！！ 提督100万人突破の発表も, ITmedia.co.jp
- 2009-10-27, 島田フミカネさんがパイロットをキャラデザ！ 『ダライアスバースト』新情報, Dengeki Online
- 2012-01-26, 『武装神姫』島田フミカネ氏描き下ろしイラストブックマーカープレゼントキャンペーン開催決定, Famitsu
- 2006-06-15, 岛田文金倾力打造激萌机械娘动画, 北方网
- 2013-07-29, "Strike Witches" Creator Designs Military Recruitment Character, Crunchyroll
- 2014-01-14, 萌女兵漫畫爆紅 自衛隊考生增3成, The Liberty Times
- 2014-01-13, 日自衛隊"萌女兵"受捧 自衛官及防衛大學報名人數大增, People's Daily