Daisuke Igarashi (五十嵐大介 Igarashi Daisuke) is a critically acclaimed manga artist. He began his professional career in 1993. Igarashi is known among manga fans for his bold, detailed art style and innovative storytelling. While he is not a major commercial force in Japan, Igarashi is well respected in critical circles. His manga Witches received an Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival. Another one of his works, Little Forest, was nominated for the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 2005. His manga Saru has been nominated for the 4th Manga Taishō.