Yu Yagami (矢上裕 Yagami Yuu?, born July 11, 1969 in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan[1]) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for the manga Those Who Hunt Elves, which was adapted as an anime series. His works Those Who Hunt Elves, Dokkoida?!, Go West!, and Hikkatsu! Strike a Blow to Vivify have been licensed in English.

Yagami’s works are predominantly comedy shōnen manga with science fiction or high fantasy settings—for example, Dokkoida?! is a superhero parody series and Go West! a western parody.[2] Many feature protagonists that use martial arts, usually some form of karate, such as Junpei in Those Who Hunt Elves and Shota in Hikkatsu! Strike a Blow to Vivify). Yagami himself is a karate aficionado, and is a member of the Kendokai (拳道会 Kendokai?) Karate-do.[1] Most of his works are published by MediaWorks and serialized in their Dengeki Comic Gao! magazine.



Title Serialized in # Volumes Years Notes
Those Who Hunt Elves
エルフを狩るモノたち (Erufu wo karumono-tachi)
Dengeki Comic Gao! 21 1994–2002 Adapted as an anime by Group TAC.[3] Published in English by ADV Manga.[4]
Concerning That Adventurer Kiken
その冒険者キケンにつき (Sono bōkensha Kiken ni tsuki)
Dengeki Comic Gao! 1 1997 Short story collection
Yagamiland Daily Special
日替わり矢上ランド (Higawari Yagami-rando)
Dengeki Comic Gao! 1 1998 Short story collection
住めば都のコスモス荘・すっとこ大戦ドッコイダー (Sumeba miyako no kosomoso-sō · suttoko taisen dokkoidā)
Dengeki AniMaga (2000–2001)
Dengeki Comic Gao! (2001–2004)
4 2000–2004 Written by Taro Achi, adapting the light novels. Adapted as an anime by Ufotable.[5] Published in English by CMX.[2][6]
Go West! Dengeki Comic Gao! 4 2002–2004 Published in English by CMX.[2][7]
Hikkatsu! Strike a Blow to Vivify
ヒッカツ! (Hikkatsu!)
Dengeki Comic Gao! 3 2005–2006 Published in English by Go! Comi.[8]
Red Lightning
赤い稲妻 (Akai inazuma)
Weekly Shōnen Champion 2007 Short run
Those Who Hunt Elves Returns
エルフを狩るモノたち リターンズ (Erufu wo karumono-tachi ritānzu)
Dengeki Comic Gao! 1 2007–2008
Those Who Chase the Butterfly
アゲハを追うモノたち (Ageha o Ou Monotachi)
Young Ace (Kadokawa Shoten) 0 (Ongoing) 2009-


Yagami did the illustrations for Dokkoida?! (住めば都のコスモス荘・すっとこ大戦ドッコイダー Sumeba miyako no kosomoso-sō · suttoko taisen dokkoidā?), a series of six light novels by Taro Achi published by MediaWorks in the Dengeki Bunko imprint between 1999 and 2003.


Yagami’s work in Those Who Hunt Elves is featured prominently in Volume 2 of the popular manga drawing instructional series How to Draw Manga, “Compiling Techniques”. Several frames from the manga are held up as examples of good use of screentones.[9]

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