Yoshiki Takaya is the author
of the great manga Guyver : Bio-Booster Armor
During college, he and his friends formed a fan fiction
magazine called "PEN Touch". He left the group a few months later, complaining that "Their goal was not to draw but discuss!" When he was 22, he dropped out of college and went to study with fantasy
and science fiction
illustrator Yuichi Mochizuki. Takaya says the best thing he learned from Mochizuki was how to draw "really gross-looking things". At age 24, Takaya joined the weekly monthly magazine Shonen
Captain. The editors of the magazine told him they wanted an armored hero that was "grotesque". At this time, mecha
was becoming more and more popular, so he designed a sleek, plain mobile suit
which could be called upon by the user.
The Guyver was born.
The Japanese manga (which is complete) is in 16 volume
s, each with a different collectible
paper bookmark. Viz Comics
has put their translation
on what they call "indefinite hold", and are only up to Volume 7. This is probably due to the fact a lot of fans have complained that the meaning and continuity
of Takaya's original story got lost somewhere in translation.