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Rakuten Kitazawa

Yasuji Kitazawa (北澤 保次, 20 July 1876 – 25 August 1955), better known by the pen name Rakuten Kitazawa (北澤 楽天 Kitazawa Rakuten), was a Japanese manga artist and nihonga artist. He drew many editorial cartoons and comic strips during the years from the late Meiji era through the early Showa era. He is considered by many historians to be the founding father of modern manga because his work was an inspiration to many younger manga artists and animators.

He was the first professional cartoonist in Japan, and the first to use the term "manga" in its modern sense.[1]

Biography

Rakuten was born in 1876 in the Kita Adachi district of Ōmiya in Saitama Prefecture. He studied western-style painting under Ōno Yukihiko and Nihonga under Inoue Shunzui. He joined the English-language magazine Box of Curios in 1895, and started drawing cartoons under Frank Arthur Nankivell, an Australian artist who later emigrated to America and became a popular cartoonist for Puck magazine.

In 1899, Rakuten moved to Jiji Shimpo, a daily newspaper founded by Yukichi Fukuzawa. From January 1902, he contributed to Jiji Manga, a comics page that appeared in the Sunday edition. His comics for this page were inspired by American comic strips such as Katzenjammer Kids, Yellow Kid, and the work of Frederick Burr Opper.

In 1905, Rakuten started a full-color satirical magazine called Tokyo Puck, named after the American magazine. It was translated into English and Chinese and sold in not only Japan but also in the Korean peninsula, Mainland China, and Taiwan. He worked for this magazine until 1915 (with the exception of a short period around 1912, during which he published a magazine of his own called Rakuten Puck), and then returned to Jiji Shimpo, where he remained until his retirement in 1932.

In 1929, Rakuten held a private exhibition in Paris on the recommendation of the French ambassador, and was awarded the Legion d'honneur. During World War II, he was the chairman of the Nihon Manga Hōkō Kai, a cartoonists society organized by the government to support the war effort.

Influence

Both before and after his retirement, Rakuten trained many young manga artists and animators, including Hekoten Shimokawa, creator of Japan's first cartoon animation. Along with Ippei Okamoto, he was one of the favorite cartoonists of the young Osamu Tezuka.[2]

Notable works
Tagosaku to Mokubē no Tōkyō-Kenbutsu (1902)
  • Rakuten drew many political cartoons for Jiji Shimpō and Tokyo Puck. His early style was critical of the government, but after the High Treason Incident it became more conservative.
  • Many of Rakuten's most popular comic strips were published in Jiji Manga.
    • Tagosaku to Mokubē no Tōkyō-Kenbutsu (田吾作と杢兵衛の東京見物,, "Tagosaku and Mokube's Sightseeing in Tokyo") - started 1902. The story of two country bumpkins on a sightseeing trip in Tokyo. Knowing nothing about modern culture, they behave foolishly (for example, by separately eating lumps of sugar for coffee).
    • Haikara Kidorō no Sippai (灰殻木戸郎の失敗,, "The Failures of Kidoro Haikara") - started 1902. The story of a young man who boasts of his imperfect knowledge of the West but ends up embarrassing himself. His name can be read "Mr. European style affected man".
    • Chame to Dekobō (茶目と凸坊,, "Chame and Dekobo") - Stories about two mischievous boys, counterparts of the Katzenjammer Kids in Japan. The characters Chame and Dekobo appeared as dolls and on playing cards in one of the first examples of character merchandising in Japan.
    • Teino Nukesaku (丁野抜作,, "Nukesaku Teino") - started 1915. The story of a wooden-head man, Nukesaku Teino, whose name can be read "Mr. Foolish Wooden-head". He was a popular character during the Taishō era in Japan.
    • Tonda Haneko Jō (とんだはね子嬢,, "Miss Haneko Tonda") - started 1928. The story of a tomboyish girl, Haneko Tonda, whose name can be read "Hopping-jumping girl". Haneko was the first girl protagonist in manga and influenced early shōjo manga like Machiko Hasegawa's Nakayoshi Techō.
Notes
  1. The first cartoonist to use the term "manga" in the narrower sense of "caricature" was probably Ippyō Imaizumi, Rakuten's predecessor as political cartoonist at the Jiji Shimpo, in 1892. See 新聞漫画 [Newspaper Manga] (PDF). The Japan Newspaper Museum (in Japanese). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  2. Osamu Tezuka, Tezuka Osamu Manga no Ougi (Secrets of Osamu Tezuka manga), pp. 16-27, ISBN 4-06-175991-4
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Fandub

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Junichi Sato

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Junichi Sato ( 佐藤 順一 Satō Jun'ichi, born March 11, 1960) is an anime director. Sato is known for working on shōjo -based anime and the magical girl genre. He is associated with TYO Animations (formerly Hal Film Maker ). Born in Ama , Aichi Prefecture , Japan, his first major work was directing the first two seasons of Sailor Moon for Toei Animation , after which he handed the position over to Kunihiko Ikuhara , although he continued to storyboard and direct episodes for the later seasons. He later went on to co-direct Ojamajo Doremi , as well as the critically acclaimed Princess Tutu . Sato served as chief director for long-runner Sgt. Frog and in recent years has become more known for his "healing anime" such as Aria and Umi Monogatari . Works Anime television Queen Millennia (1981) (Production Manager) Patalliro! (1982) (Production Manager) Bemubemu Hunter Kotengu Tenmaru (1983) (Storyboard, Episode Director) Tongari Bōshi no Memoru ("Wee Wendy" in the U.S.) (1984) (Storyboard, Episode Director) Mobile Suit ...more...



Yaoi

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Example of shōnen-ai artwork, originally published at Animexx Yaoi ( ; Japanese : やおい , Japanese:  ), primarily known as boys' love (BL) ( ボーイズ ラブ bōizu rabu) in Japan, is a Japanese genre of fictional media focusing on romantic or sexual relationships between male characters , typically marketed for a female audience and usually created by female authors. Yaoi also attracts male readers, although manga specifically marketed for a gay male audience ( bara ) is considered a separate genre . The main characters in yaoi usually conform to the formula of the seme (the "top" , or dominant figure) who pursues the uke (the "bottom" , or passive figure). Material classified as yaoi typically depicts gay relationships between male characters and may include homoerotic content. Although the yaoi genre is also called Boys' Love (commonly abbreviated as BL), the characters may be of any age above puberty , including adults. Works featuring prepubescent boys are labelled shotacon and seen as a distinct genre. Yaoi derives ...more...



Shigeru Sugiura

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Shigeru Sugiura ( 杉浦 茂 Sugiura Shigeru, 3 April 1908 – 23 April 2000) was a Japanese manga artist famous for his surreal , nonsense gag manga. Career After initially studying painting, Sugiura became an assistant to the manga artist Suihō Tagawa . He soon began drawing his own manga in 1933 and came to fame after World War II with a series of comedic manga for children based on stories like those of Sasuke Sarutobi , Jiraiya , and Journey to the West . Sugiura closely followed popular culture and thus his manga were also influenced by such contemporary fads as Godzilla , pro wrestling , and American science fiction films . The philosophy of his manga "is of yukai, pleasure and amusement, pursuing the path as far from seriousness as possible. . . . The praxis of yukai is essentially the body in free motion, and Sugiura’s characters are defined by an excess of movement." The result was a visual style that was often surreal and absurd . A craftsman, Sugiura could not keep up with the mass production of manga ...more...



Q-version

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Q-version is the English translation for the Chinese term Q版 ( pinyin : Kiū bǎn), referring to the cartoonification or infantilization in the artistic renderings of real life or serious human, animal figures or other characters or objects, especially in the styles of Anime . "Q" is a Chinese approximation of the English word "cute". Q-version characters, in the forms of cartoons, video animation, and plastic or stuffed toys have established a trend in many Asian countries outside of China such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The term Q-version was most likely coined in Chinese by the Hong Kongers due to the success of such anime as SD Gundam , Dr. Slump and later on Dragonball during the mid-1980s. Mainland China was hit by the Q-version craze of late, but with much controversy, such as the Q-version Kuso edition of the government's official grade school Chinese language textbook, in which the term "Q-version", instead of meaning "populated by Anime characters", rather means kuso , or ...more...



Yoshiyuki Tomino

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Yoshiyuki Tomino ( 富野 由悠季 Tomino Yoshiyuki, born 富野 喜幸 November 5, 1941) is a Japanese mecha anime creator, animator, songwriter, director, screenwriter and novelist. He was born in Odawara , Kanagawa Prefecture , and studied at Nihon University 's College of Art. He is best known for creating the Gundam anime franchise. Career Tomino, began his career in 1963 with Osamu Tezuka 's company, Mushi Productions , scripting the storyboards and screenplay of the first Japanese anime television series, Tetsuwan Atomu (also known as Astro Boy ). He later became one of the most important members of the anime studio Sunrise , going on to direct numerous anime through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Tomino is perhaps best known for his transformation of the " Super Robot " mecha anime genre into the " Real Robot " genre with 1979's Mobile Suit Gundam , the first in the Gundam franchise . He has also won numerous awards, including the "Best Director" award at the recent 2006 Tokyo International Anime Fair (for the 2005 film ...more...



Ken Ishikawa

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Ken Ishikawa ( 石川賢 Ishikawa Ken, June 28, 1948 – November 15, 2006) was a Japanese manga artist . He is renowned as the co-creator (with Go Nagai ) of the Getter Robo anime series, as well as four of their subsequent manga continuations. According to Go Nagai, he considered Ken Ishikawa his greatest friend and ally. Death Ken Ishikawa collapsed at a dinner banquet after golfing; he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. After Ishikawa's death, illustrator Naoto Tsushima released the manga Getter Robo Hien: The Earth Suicide , which was based on drafts and notes Ishikawa had written before his death, in 2007. Influences Kazuki Nakashima , chief editor of the Getter Robo Saga compilation cited Ken Ishikawa as an influence when he worked on the series composition of the anime show, Gurren Lagann , and also gave a memorial address at his funeral. He also calls himself Ken Ishikawa's number one fan. Ishikawa's early art is quite reminiscent of that of his mentor, Go Nagai . An adaptation of Ishi ...more...



Original English-language manga

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An original English-language manga or OEL manga is a comic book or graphic novel originally published in English. The term "international manga", as used by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs , encompasses all foreign comics which draw inspiration from the "form of presentation and expression" found in Japanese manga . History and nomenclature As early as 1993, Japan-owned Viz Media issued a line of American manga. Shortened to "Amerimanga", it is thought to be the earliest colloquial name for these types of works. Other variations on OEL manga, such as western manga, world manga , global manga, manga-influenced comics, neo-manga, and nissei comi can occasionally be heard as substitute names, but the term OEL manga is most commonly used today. OEL manga gradually became more widely used, even if usually incorrectly, because it was a more inclusive, global term that included works produced by all English-speakers encompassing works originating in countries such as Canada, Australia, and United Kingdo ...more...



Sanpei Shirato

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Noboru Okamoto ( 岡本 登 Okamoto Noboru, born February 15, 1932 in Tokyo , Japan) , known by the pen name Sanpei Shirato ( 白土 三平 Shirato Sanpei) , is a Japanese manga artist and essayist known for his social criticism as well as his realistic drawing style and the characters in his scenarios. He is considered a pioneer of gekiga . The son of the Japanese proletarian painter Toki Okamoto , his dream to become an artist equal with his father started when he became a Kamishibai artist. He is also known for his work published in the early issues of the manga anthology magazine Garo in 1964, which he began publishing so as to serialize his comic Kamui. Biography In his childhood Shirato's father was active in the proletarian culture movement, being one of the few people to be photographed with the tortured corpse of proletarian leader Kobayashi Takiji . As he grew up he experienced the rancor of the war years, and it is said that these grim emotions come out in the nihilistic society portrayed in his works. Shirato d ...more...



Yuri (genre)

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Yuri ( 百合 , " lily ") , also known by the wasei-eigo construction Girls' Love ( ガールズラブ gāruzu rabu) , is a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between women in manga , anime , and related Japanese media. Yuri focuses on the sexual orientation or the romantic orientation aspects of the relationship, or both, the latter of which sometimes being called shōjo-ai by Western fandom. The themes yuri deals with have their roots in the Japanese lesbian fiction of the early twentieth century, with pieces such as Yaneura no Nishojo by Nobuko Yoshiya . Nevertheless, it is not until the 1970s that lesbian-themed works began to appear in manga, by the hand of artists such as Ryoko Yamagishi and Riyoko Ikeda . The 1990s brought new trends in manga and anime, as well as in dōjinshi productions, along with more acceptance for this kind of content. In 2003, the first manga magazine specifically dedicated to yuri, Yuri Shimai , was launched, and this was followed by its revival Comic Yuri Hime , ...more...



Japan

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Japan ( Japanese : 日本 Nippon or Nihon ; formally 日本国   Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, meaning "State of Japan") is a sovereign island nation in East Asia . Located in the Pacific Ocean , it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and China in the southwest. The kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin". 日 can be read as ni and means "sun", while 本 can be read as hon or pon and means "origin". Japan is often referred to by the famous epithet "Land of the Rising Sun" in reference to its Japanese name. Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands . The four largest are Honshu , Hokkaido , Kyushu and Shikoku , which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area and often are referred to as home islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions , with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost one. The population of 127 million is the worl ...more...



Shotacon

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Shotacon ( ショタコン shotakon) , short for Shōtarō complex ( 正太郎コンプレックス shōtarō konpurekkusu) , is Japanese slang describing an attraction to young boys and is shota in manga. It refers to a genre of manga and anime wherein pre-pubescent or pubescent male characters are depicted in a suggestive or erotic manner, whether in the obvious role of object of attraction, or the less apparent role of "subject" (the character the reader is designed to associate with), as in a story where the young male character is paired with a male, usually in a homoerotic manner, or with a female, in which the general community would call straight shota. It can also apply to postpubescent (adolescent or adult) characters with youthful neotenic features that would make them appear to be younger than they are. The phrase is a reference to the young male character Shōtarō ( 正太郎 ) from Tetsujin 28-go (reworked in English as Gigantor ). The equivalent term for attraction to (or art pertaining to erotic portrayal of) young girls is lolicon ...more...



Kenta Shinohara

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Kenta Shinohara ( 篠原 健太 Shinohara Kenta, born January 9, 1974) is a Japanese manga artist . He is best known for his manga series Sket Dance , which was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 2007 to 2013 and won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2010. Biography Shinohara was born on January 9, 1974, in Chiba Prefecture . Starting his career as a salaryman , Shinohara decided to drop out of his white-collar job for two years while preparing for his debut as a manga artist. Shinohara worked as an assistant under Hideaki Sorachi on Gintama for a short time using the alias Shintaroh Nakae ( なかえ しんたろう Nakae Shintarō) , an anagram of "Kenta Shinohara". During his stint with Sorachi, Shinohara called him a "teacher" who taught him necessary skills. In June and September 2003, Shinohara was one of the final candidates for the monthly JUMP 12 Outstanding Rookie Manga Award (ジャンプ十二傑新人漫画賞) both months, though he failed to win either award. Shinohara wrote two one-shots for Sket Dance in the winter and summer of 2006, subm ...more...



Anime

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Anime ( ( Japanese : アニメ , , plural: anime) ) is a Japanese term for hand-drawn or computer animation . The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese, where this term references all animation. Outside Japan, anime is used to refer specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. Arguably, the culturally abstract approach to the word's meaning may open up the possibility of anime produced in countries other than Japan. For simplicity, many Westerners strictly view anime as a Japanese animation product. Some scholars suggest defining anime as specifically or quintessentially Japanese may be related to a new form of orientalism . The earliest commercial Japanese animation dates to 1917, and Japanese anime production has since continued to increase steadily. The characteristic anime art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of Osamu Tezuka and spread internation ...more...

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Voice acting in Japan

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Voice acting in Japan is acting as a narrator , or as an actor in radio plays , or as a character actor in anime and video games . It also involves performing voice-overs for non-Japanese movies and television programs. Because Japan's large animation industry produces 60% of the animated series in the world, voice acting in Japan has a far greater prominence than voice acting in most other countries. Some voice actors—especially certain voice actresses—often have devoted international fan-clubs. Some fans may watch a show merely to hear a particular voice actor. Some Japanese voice actors have capitalized on their fame to become singers , and many others have become live movie or television actors. There are around 130 voice-acting schools in Japan. Broadcast companies and talent agencies often have their own troupes of vocal actors. Magazines focusing specifically on voice acting are published in Japan, with Voice Animage being the longest running. The English term character voice (or CV), has been comm ...more...



Dōjinshi

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Dōjinshi ( 同人誌 , often transliterated doujinshi) is the Japanese term for self-published works, usually magazines, Manga or novels. Dōjinshi are often the work of amateurs, though some professional artists participate as a way to publish material outside the regular industry. Dōjinshi are part of a wider category of dōjin including art collections, anime , hentai and games . Groups of dōjinshi artists refer to themselves as a sākuru ( サークル , circle ) . A number of such groups actually consist of a single artist: they are sometimes called kojin sākuru ( 個人サークル , personal circles) . Since the 1980s, the main method of distribution has been through regular dōjinshi conventions, the largest of which is called Comiket (short for "Comic Market") held in the summer and winter in Tokyo 's Big Sight . At the convention, over 20 acres (81,000 m ) of dōjinshi are bought, sold, and traded by attendees. Dōjinshi creators who base their materials on other creators' works normally publish in small numbers to maintain a low ...more...



Ecchi

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Ecchi ( エッチ etchi, pronounced  ) is an often used slang term in the Japanese language for playfully sexual actions. As an adjective , it is used with the meaning of "sexy", "dirty" or "naughty"; as a verb , ecchi suru ( エッチする ) , with the meaning to have sex; or as a noun , to describe someone of lascivious behavior . It is perhaps softer than the Japanese word ero (エロ from Eros ), and does not imply perversion in the way hentai does. The word ecchi has been adopted by fans of Japanese media to describe works with sexual overtones. In Japanese, the word ecchi is often used to describe a person's conduct, but in fandom, it has come to be used to refer to softcore or playful sexuality, as distinct from the word hentai, which connotes perversion or fetishism. Works described as ecchi do not show sexual intercourse or genitalia, but sexual themes are referenced. Ecchi themes are a type of fan service , and can be found in most comedy shōnen and seinen manga and harem anime . Etymology and use in Japan The correc ...more...



Original video animation

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Original video animation ( オリジナル・ビデオ・アニメーション Orijinaru bideo animēshon) , abbreviated as OVA ( オーブイエー / オーヴィーエー / オヴァ ōbuiē, ōvīē or ova) media (and sometimes as OAV , original animated video), are animated films and series made specially for release in home video formats without prior showings on television or in theatres, though the first part of an OVA series may be broadcast for promotional purposes. OVA titles were originally made available on VHS , later becoming more popular on LaserDisc and eventually DVD . Starting in 2008, the term OAD ( original animation DVD ) began to refer to DVD releases published bundled with their source-material manga. Format Like anime made for television broadcast, OVAs sub-divide into episodes. OVA media (tapes, laserdiscs , or DVDs) usually contain just one episode each. Episode length varies from title to title: each episode may run from a few minutes to two hours or more. An episode length of 30 minutes occurs quite commonly, but no standard length exists. In some c ...more...



Hiroshi Sasagawa

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Hiroshi Sasagawa ( 笹川 ひろし Sasagawa Hiroshi, born July 9, 1936) is a creator of several anime and manga series. His name is romanized in some sources as Hiroshi Sasakawa. Career Born in Aizuwakamatsu , Fukushima Prefecture , Japan, he is well known as one of creators of Time Bokan series (with Ippei Kuri, Mitsuki Nakamura and Yoshitaka Amano ), he has directed several animation works in the fantasy and science fiction genre, many (though not all) of them with Tatsunoko Production . List of works Space Ace (1965-1966) Speed Racer (1967-1968) Oraa Guzura Dado (1967-1968) Dokachin the Primitive Boy (1968-1969) The Genie Family (Hakushon Daimao) (1969-1970) The Funny Judo Champion (Inakappe Taishou; original manga by Noboru Kawasaki ) (1970-1972) Hyppo and Thomas (1971-1972) Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972-1974) Demetan Croaker, The Boy Frog (1973) The Song of Tentomushi (Tentomushi no Uta; original manga by Noboru Kawasaki) (1974-1976) Tekkaman: The Space Knight (1975) Time Bokan (1975-1976) Paul's Miracle Str ...more...



Gisaburō Sugii

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Gisaburō Sugii ( 杉井ギサブロー or 杉井儀三郎 Sugii Gisaburō, born August 20, 1940) is an anime director and Nihonga artist. Born in Numazu , Shizuoka Prefecture , Japan , he is a member of the anime studio Group TAC , and is best known for his work as director of the Touch series and the movie Night on the Galactic Railroad . He is a member of the Directors Guild of Japan . Works Listed chronologically. Astro Boy (1963-1966, production, animation director, key animation) New Treasure Island (1965, animation director) Gokū no Daibōken (1967, supervising director) Dororo (1969, supervising director) Lupin III Pilot Film (1969, key animation) Kanashimi no Belladonna (1973, animation director) Jack and the Beanstalk (1974 film) (1974, director) Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi (1975-1994, episode director, script) Son Gokū Silk Road o Tobu!! (1982, character design, production coordination) Nine (1983, director) Nine 2: Sweetheart Declaration (1983, director) Glass Mask (1984, supervising director) Nine 3: Final (1984, director ...more...



Children's anime and manga

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Children's manga ( 子供向け漫画 Kodomo-muke manga) and children's anime ( 子供向けアニメ Kodomo-muke anime) , are Japanese terms which literally mean " manga (or " anime ", respectively) directed towards children". Children's manga are also known by the word "Kodomo", or "child". These stories are often moralistic, teaching children how to behave as good and considerate people and helping them to stay on the right path in life. The series are generally stand-alone, or non-episodic. Doraemon by Fujiko F. Fujio is one of the most notable examples for this manga/anime demographic. History The genre started in the late 19th century with the production of short manga, approximately 15 pages long, printed in magazines. These short manga were created as a part of the Meiji era's attempt to encourage literacy amongst Japanese youth. A major milestone in the popularity of Japanese animation was the creation of Astro Boy , by Osamu Tezuka , who is often considered the father of Japanese animation. Children's anime and manga can be ...more...



Satoshi Kon

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Satoshi Kon ( 今 敏 Kon Satoshi, October 12, 1963 – August 24, 2010 ) was a Japanese film director, animator , screenwriter and manga artist from Sapporo, Hokkaidō and a member of the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA). He was a graduate of the Graphic Design department of the Musashino Art University . He is sometimes credited as " Yoshihiro Wanibuchi " ( 鰐淵良宏 Wanibuchi Yoshihiro) in the credits of Paranoia Agent . He was the younger brother of guitarist and studio musician Tsuyoshi Kon. Biography Early life Satoshi Kon was born on October 12, 1963. Due to his father's job transfer, Kon's education from the fourth elementary grade up to the second middle school grade was based in Sapporo . Kon was a classmate and close friend of manga artist Seihō Takizawa. While attending Hokkaido Kushiro Koryo High School , Kon aspired to become an animator. His favorite works were Space Battleship Yamato (1974), Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974), Future Boy Conan (1978) and Mobile Suit Gundam (1979), as well ...more...



Rintaro

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Rintaro ( りんたろう Rintarō, born January 22, 1941 in Tokyo , Japan) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi ( 林 重行 Hayashi Shigeyuki) , a well-known director of anime . He works frequently with the animation studio Madhouse (which he co-founded), though he is a freelance director not employed directly by any one studio. He began working in the animation industry—at age 17—as an in-between animator on the 1958 film Hakujaden . His works have won and been nominated for multiple awards, including a nomination for Best Film ( Metropolis ) at the 2001 Festival de Cine de Sitges . Rintaro is a fan of science fiction, and has been influenced by American westerns , gangster films, film noir , and French films. Additionally, he was influenced by Osamu Tezuka , and worked with him on Kimba the White Lion and Astro Boy . He said that when he was making Metropolis , which was based on Tezuka's manga of the same name, he "wanted to communicate Tezuka's spirit". Rintaro personally introduced the film at the Big Ap ...more...



Katsuji Matsumoto

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Katsuji Matsumoto ( 松本かつぢ , 1904–1986) was a Japanese illustrator and shōjo manga artist. Matsumoto's 16-page The Mysterious Clover (1934) is recognized as a pioneering work in the field of manga, but he is best known for his shōjo manga Kurukuru Kurumi-chan, serialized from 1938 to 1940, and again from 1949 to 1954. His illustrations were popular from the 1930s through the 1950s, and he contributed illustrations to numerous popular girls' novels by some of the period's most famous authors, including Yasunari Kawabata and Nobuko Yoshiya . He was also a prolific illustrator of children's books and created merchandise for babies, small children, and girls. The Gallery Katsuji Matsumoto in Tokyo is managed by his surviving children. Early life and professional debut Matsumoto was born in Kobe, the son of Toraji ( 寅治 ) and Ishi ( いし ) Matsumoto, but moved with his family to Tokyo at the age of eight. At the age of 13, he began attending what was then called Rikkyō (St. Paul's) Middle School. Through th ...more...



Clamp (manga artists)

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Clamp ( クランプ Kuranpu) is an all-female Japanese manga artist group that formed in the mid-1980s. It consists of leader Nanase Ohkawa ( 大川 七瀬 Ōkawa Nanase) , and three artists whose roles shift for each series: Mokona ( もこな Mokona) , Tsubaki Nekoi ( 猫井 椿 Nekoi Tsubaki) , and Satsuki Igarashi ( いがらし 寒月 Igarashi Satsuki) . Almost 100 million Clamp tankōbon copies have been sold worldwide as of October 2007. Beginning as an eleven-member dōjinshi circle in the mid-1980s, they began creating original work in 1987. By the time they debuted with RG Veda in 1989, the group was reduced to seven members. In 1993, three more members left, leaving the four members who are currently still part of the group. In 2006, the members decided to change their names; Ohkawa later changed her name back from Ageha Ohkawa to Nanase Ohkawa, while the other three members retained their new names. History Before their debut (1980s–1989) Clamp originally began in the mid-1980s as an eleven-member dōjinshi circle named Clamp Cluster. Thi ...more...



Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

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Yasuhiko at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival Yoshikazu Yasuhiko ( 安彦 良和 Yasuhiko Yoshikazu, born December 9, 1947) is a Japanese animator , manga artist , and occasional director in the anime industry. Born in Engaru, Hokkaidō , Yasuhiko dropped out of Hirosaki University and was hired by Osamu Tezuka 's Mushi Productions in 1970 as an animator. He later went freelance and worked on various animation productions for film and television. He began working as a manga artist in 1979. In 1981 he won the Seiun Award in Art category. In 1992 he won the Japan Cartoonists Association Award , and in 2000, an Excellence Prize in manga for Ōdō no Inu at the Japan Media Arts Festival . He is also known as a novelist and science fiction illustrator. Some of his most notable works as character designer and director are Brave Reideen , Combattler V , and Mobile Suit Gundam . Less well known is the fact that he was the original character designer for the Dirty Pair , long before their first anime or manga appearance ...more...




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