Kunio Okawara

Kunio Okawara (大河原 邦男 Ōkawara Kunio, 26 December, 1947) is a mechanical designer. He was the first in the industry to be specifically credited as a mechanical designer. Okawara designed mecha for the Gundam and Brave Series franchises, as well as those of numerous Super Robot and Real Robot shows.

He was born and currently lives in Inagi, Tokyo, where he works out of a studio in his home.

When asked what the favourite of his works was during an interview, Okawara chose his designs for Shippū! Iron Leaguer.

Works

  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972-1974) – Mechanical design for enemy mecha.
  • Hariken Polymer (1974) – Mechanical design under the Tatsunoko Mechaman Design Office
  • Tekkaman: The Space Knight (1975) – Mechanical design under the Tatsunoko Mechaman Design Office
  • Gowappa 5 Godam (1976)- Primary mechanical design under the Tatsunoko Mechaman Design Office
  • Time Bokan (1976)
  • Blocker Gundan IV: Machine Blaster (1976)
  • Yattaman (1977)
  • Mechander Robo (1977)
  • Chogattai Majutsu Robo Gingaizer (1977)
  • Tobidase! Machine Hiryu (1977)
  • Gekiso! Ruben Gaizer (1977)
  • Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (1978) – Principal mechanical design for Daitarn 3
  • Uchu Majin Daikengo (1978)
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman II (1978)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) – Principal mechanical design for RX-78-2 Gundam and MS-06 Zaku II
  • Zendaman (1979)
  • The Ultraman (1979)
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman F (1979)
  • Muteki Robo Trider G7 (1980)
  • Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman (1980)
  • Tondemo Senshi Muteking (1980)
  • Space Runaway Ideon (1980)
  • Fang of the Sun Dougram (1981)
  • Yattodetaman (1981)
  • Saikyo Robo Daioja (1981)
  • Doraemon: The Record of Nobita: Spaceblazer (1981)
  • Kaitei Taisenso (1981)
  • Combat Mecha Xabungle (1982)
  • Gyakuten Ippatsu-man (1982)
  • Armored Trooper Votoms (1983) – Principal mechanical design for ATM-09-ST Scopedog
  • Round Vernian Vifam (1983)
  • Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman (1983)
  • Mobile Suit Variations (1983) – Principal mechanical design
  • Panzer World Galient (1984)
  • Choriki Robo Galatt (1984)
  • MS-X manga series (cancelled) (1984) – Principal mechanical design
  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner (1985)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985) – Mechanical design for RX-178 Gundam Mk II
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (1986)
  • Metal Armor Dragonar (1987)
  • Armor Hunter Mellowlink (1988)
  • Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru (1988)
  • Mado King Granzort (1989)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (1989)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam F90 model kit series (1990) – Principal mechanical design
  • Brave Exkaiser (1990) – Mechanical design for Exkaiser, King Exkaiser, Dragon Kaiser and Great Exkaiser
  • The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird (1991) – Mechanical design for Fighbird, Busou Gattai Fighbird and Granbird
  • Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (1991) – Mechanical design for F91 Gundam Formula 91
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991)
  • The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn (1992) – Mechanical design for Da-Garn, Da-Garn X and Great Da-Garn GX
  • Hero Senki: Project Olympos (1992)
  • The Brave Express Might Gaine (1993) – Mechanical design for Might Gaine, Great Might Gaine, Might Gunner and Great Might Gaine Perfect Mode
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (1993) – Mechanical design
  • Shippu! Iron Leaguer (1993)
  • Brave Police J-Decker (1994) – Mechanical design for Deckerd, J-Decker and Fire J-Decker
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994) – Mechanical design for GF13-017NJ Shining Gundam and GF13-017NJII God Gundam
  • The Brave of Gold Goldran (1995) – Mechanical design for Goldran and Great Goldran
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995) – Mechanical design for XXXG-01W Wing Gundam and XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero
  • [Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team][] (1996) – Mechanical design for RX-79(G) Gundam Mass Production Ground Type
  • Brave Command Dagwon (1996) – Mechanical design for Fire Dagwon and Super Fire Dagwon
  • After War Gundam X (1996) – Mechanical design for GX-9900 Gundam X
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1997)
  • *”Original Mechanical Designer” actual mecha redesigned by Hajime Katoki
  • The King of Braves GaoGaiGar (1997)
  • *Principal mechanical design for GaoGaiGar
  • ∀ Gundam (1999) – Mechanical design
  • Betterman (1999)
  • Sunrise Eiyutan (1999)
  • The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final (2000) – Principal mechanical design for GaoFighGar and Genesic GaoGaiGar
  • Time Bokan 2000: Kaito Kiramekiman (2000)
  • Gravion (2002)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002) – Mechanical design for GAT-X105 Strike Gundam
  • Kiko Buso G-Breaker (2002)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray (2003) – Mechanical design for YMF-X000A Dreadnought Gundam, CAT1-X Hyperion Gundam
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004) – Mechanical design for ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam
  • Super Robot Wars GC (2004) – “Original Mechanical Designer” token credit
  • “SYS*017” exhibit at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa (2004) – Head-mounted display and control trigger design
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam A New Translation: Heirs to the Stars (2005)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam A New Translation II: Lovers (2005)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam A New Translation III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars (2006)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer (2006)
  • Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula (2007) – Guest mechanical design for Chronos Zero
  • Another Century’s Episode 3: The Final (2007) – Mechanical design of Falugen Custom and variation unit from Metal Armor Dragonar
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2007) – Mechanical design of GN-000 0 Gundam and others
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2010) – Original mechanical design. Most of the actual mecha designs, including those for the eponymous mobile suit, were done by Hajime Katoki

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