"Akira Ito" (伊藤彰 Itō Akira), also credited in English as "Akira Itou", is a manga artist. He is co-creator of Cardfight!! Vanguard in collaboration with Satoshi Nakamura (technical advisor for Duel Masters), and the CEO of Bushiroad, Takaaki Kidani. As one of the creators, he is also the author of Cardfight!! Vanguard manga and Cardfight!! Vanguard G THE PROLOGUE, as well as the illustrator/designer of several cards in the game.
Previously, Akira worked as an assistant to Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. He later worked as the author of Yu-Gi-Oh! R in both story and art. His drawing style is similar to that of Takahashi, which can also be noted in some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.