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Kentaro Yabuki
Born (1980-02-04) February 4, 1980 (age 44)
Kōchi, Japan
Area(s)Manga artist, Illustrator
Notable works
Black Cat, To Love Ru
CollaboratorsSaki Hasemi, Tomohiro Matsu

Kentaro Yabuki (矢吹 健太朗, Yabuki Kentarō, born February 4, 1980) is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator, best known as the creator of Black Cat and co-creator of To Love Ru. His mentor was Takeshi Obata, the illustrator of Death Note, Hikaru no Go and Bakuman.


Yabuki has stated that everything he learned about drawing manga, he learned from Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball. He even admitted that his first publication in Jump was not his own work but actually an illustration combining, or rather fusing together, Gohan and Trunks that he sent in to a 1995 contest and won a prize for.[1]

Yabuki is best known for his series Black Cat which ran from 2000 to 2004 in Weekly Shōnen Jump and later adapted into an anime.[2] Both were released in North America.[3] Upon its ending, Yabuki expressed desire to make a sequel from the series or make its characters reappear in another work.[4] Since 2004, he has only been working as an illustrator to works written by other authors, including the popular To Love Ru and its sequel To Love Ru Darkness alongside Saki Hasemi.

Yabuki was an extra in the 2003 movie Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., running through the streets of Roppongi Hills.[5]


  • Yamato Gensōki (邪馬台幻想記) (1998 Shueisha)[6]
  • Jigen Bakuju (時限爆呪) (1999 Shueisha),[6] illustrations only, light novel written by Kaya Kizaki
  • Black Cat (ブラックキャット, Burakku Kyatto) (2000–2004 Shueisha)[6]
  • Trans Boy (トランスボーイ) (2004)
  • To Love Ru (To LOVEる -とらぶる-, To LOVEru -Toraburu-) (with Saki Hasemi; 2006–2009 Shueisha),[6] Illustrator
  • Mayoi Neko Overrun! (迷い猫オーバーラン!, Mayoi Neko Ovāran!) (with Tomohiro Matsu; 2010 Shueisha),[6] Illustrator
  • Futagami Double (フタガミ*ダブル, Futagami Daburu) (2010), One-shot
  • To Love Ru Darkness (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス, To LOVEru -Toraburu- -Dākunesu-) (with Saki Hasemi; 2010–2017 Shueisha),[6] Illustrator
  • Nijiyome Gakuen Z-Cune Aoi (にじよめ学園 ズキューーン葵, Nijiyome Gakuen Zukyūn Aoi), Illustrator
  • Hatena Illusion (はてな☆イリュージョン, Hatena☆Iryūjon) (2014–current Shueisha), illustrations only, light novel written by Tomohiro Matsu
  • Darling in the Franxx (ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキス, Dārin In Za Furankisu) (2018–current Shueisha), Illustrator


  1. Suzuki, Haruhiko, ed. (2003-12-19). "5: Dragon Ball Children" (in Japanese). Dragon Ball Landmark. Shueisha. p. 174. ISBN 4-08-873478-5. 
  2. "Black Cat 20" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on September 26, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120926092206/http://books.shueisha.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?isbn_cd=4-08-873662-1. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  3. "Black Cat, Vol. 20". Viz Media. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20101222183312/http://vizmedia.com/products/products.php?product_id=7755. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  4. Yabuki, Kentaro (2009) [2004]. Black Cat. 20. Viz Media. pp. 212. ISBN 978-1-4215-2379-8. 
  5. Yabuki, Kentaro (2008) [2003]. Black Cat. 16. Viz Media. pp. 1. ISBN 978-1-4215-1607-3. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}" (in Japanese). Shueisha. http://books.shueisha.co.jp/CGI/search/search.cgi?key=chosya&ID=000001345&comi=3&from_syosai=1. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 

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