THE BOY WHO LOVED READING CLASSICS AND COMICS – Mitsuteru Yokoyama, a Japanese manga artist

When mangakas include Chinese and Japanese classics

On an April morning, in 2004, he suffered burns due to a fire breaking out in his house: he fell in a coma, and died in the hospital, aged 69. Born into a June day, 1934, Japanese manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama become famous for works that include Giant Robo, Sally and adaptations of the Chinese classics. He went to Kobe Suma Municipal High School where the discovery of Osamu Tezuka’s graphic work, Metropolis, led him to become a manga artist. He worked in the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; after five months, he found he did not have enough time to draw a manga. To nurture his career as a manga artist, he found a job as an advertiser for a Kobe film company.

For his debut as a mangaka, Mitsuteru Yokoyama released Otonashi no Ken, a book that Osamu Tezuka liked. His Tetsujin 28-go, made in 1956, appeared in shōnen magazine, soon becoming so popular that it even had an animated adaptation. Moving to Tokyo, he decided to be a professional mangaka. Using his old film acquaintance, he produced comics and anime, such as Kagemaru of Iga and Sally the Witch. With his Records of Three Kingdoms, began drawing comics based on stories from China and Japan. In 1991, he won an award from the Japan Cartoonist Association. In 2004, she won the Japan Cartoonist Association’s MEXT Award.

Eclectic author, in his career Mitsuteru Yokoyama has experimented with science fiction and historical genres, such as Sally the sorcerer. Among his notable works, Sangokushi, a rewrite of a classic of Chinese historical literature. Based on a manga of him, in 2001 he made his debut with the anime series Turn the world star princess. Between 1956 and 1966, he drew Tetsujin 28-Go, the first manga starring a giant robot, published on Shonen by Kobunsha. In 1967, he created not only a very famous superhero, Akakage, but also a manga series for magical girls, Sally the Witch. In the early 1970s, his Babel II, played by a Japanese student, was release.

The boy who loved reading novels and comics in magazines was born in the city of Kobe at the gates of the summer of 1934. Attracted by Osamu Tezuka’s famous comics, he appreciated their ability to write interesting stories; although not as good as he was, however, he drew comics and sent the draft to the editors: half of his materials were accepted. Postwar Japan was poor, but with publishers specializing in rental books, especially for children. Mistuteru Yokoyama was 20 when an Osaka publisher asked him to write a feature-length comic The Silent Sword, which was follow by The Story of Little Lily and The Demonic Swirling Sword. In making comics, he was able to draw a page in 30 minutes. Yet it was only with Ironman 28th aka Gigantor that his parents accepted his career choice. Today, he is remember among the founding of we call manga.

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