Hideaki Sorachi (空知 英秋, Sorachi Hideaki, born May 25, 1979) is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work Gin Tama.
Sorachi became intrested in manga during his childhood. However, during the 4th Grade he showed his manga work to his father who immediately laughed at him, after which he abandoned his dream of being a manga artist. After graduating from college, he couldn't find a job and began drawing manga again to make money. He was able to live-off from his first work Dandelion, which was featured in the first volume of Gin Tama, along with a prologue from Sorachi calling it his first official work.
Sorachi has appeared both in the manga and anime of "Gintama", several times as a monkey/ape. It is also implied that he is Elizabeth.