"Ashura" Benimaru Itoh is a manga artist, 3D designer and musician who has done various kind of design works for Nintendo through his carrer. Initially he drew Star Fox and Super Metroid comics which were published by Nintendo Power, as well as a Mother 2 manga book published in Japan.

In 1999, Itoh joined Creatures Inc., where he became the main 3D modeling director for various Pokémon games and also illustrated some cards of the Trading Card Game. He left in 2002 and became an advisor for HAL Laboratory, mainly supervising various Kirby games. He was also the host for the Mario & Zelda Big Band Live concert held in Japan in 2003.

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