yoshitoshi ABe
(Designer, Serial Experiments Lain)

yoshitoshi ABe (he prefers his name to be written with odd capitalisation) was born in 1971 and studied painting at Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music.  After he graduated he became a freelance designer, working on several computer games and drawing doujinshi (self published comics) in his spare time. 

His career really took off when an anime producer saw his website and, impressed by his unique artistic style, hired him to work as a designer on a new series called Serial Experiments Lain.  His unusual but highly original character designs played a major part in the series' success and his undeniable talent has gained him more creative input with

each new project.  After providing designs and concept for the sci-fi sitcom NieA_7 (for which he drew a promotional manga) one of ABe's early doujinshi, 'New Feathers in Old Home', was developed into the anime series Haibane Renmei, with ABe working on the screenplay and design.

Since Haibane Renmei, ABe has only worked on one more anime project - the dark sci-fi Texhnolyze - but has been quite active in manga and doujinshi.  His most visible work since Texhnolyze has been the manga Wasteland, which is serialised in the manga anthology Robot.  He has also revisited Haibane Renmei with several new doujinshi volumes following the end of the anime series, and quite recently completed a new book of Serial Experiments Lain artwork. 

Filmography (Designer, Characters & Settings):

Serial Experiments Lain
Haibane Renmei

 (Titles in Red are not available in English)

Shooting Star
New Feathers in Old Home
Serial Experiments Lain: The Nightmare of Fabrication
Not Found
Haibane Renmei Kyakuhonshu
Yakkyoku no Pochiyamasan