Kinu Nishimura (西村 キヌ, Nishimura Kinu, born sometime in 1969 in the Hyogo Prefecture) is a Japanese illustrator, character designer, and game creator. She is mainly known for being one of Capcom's main designers. Her real name is unknown -as her alias originated from her mother's maiden name- and she is affectionately referred to as "Kinu-sensei". Her bloodtype is A.

History Edit

During her first year in middle school, she cleaned up Tomonori Kogawa's drawings for Combat Mecha Xabungle. She decided to pursue art for her career during her second year. While she was attending the Kyoto University of Art & Design, she touched up illustrations done by Akiman (who was a big inspiration to her) for Final Fight and Magic Sword. She was hired by Capcom in 1991 and was one of the first artists in the company to illustrate primarily with Photoshop.


Capcom gamesEdit

Girls Of Capcom

Key artwork of Girls of Capcom.

  • Street Fighter II - (also for Champion Edition-Turbo): promotional and main illustrator
  • Gaia Master - character designer, promotional illustrator, in-game artwork
  • Cannon Spike - character designer, promotional illustrator

Miscellaneous Capcom worksEdit

  • Studio Bent - All About Capcom - cover, miscellaneous illustrations
  • Capcom Design Works - published by Famitsu - cover, miscellaneous illustrations

Other gamesEdit

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Gallery Edit

Character and group artworkEdit

Trivia Edit

  • Several of her illustrations have been complied into artbooks or adapted for figurine collections.[1]
  • Kinu has stated that she is most proud of the work she has done for Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara.[citation needed]



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