Afro Tanaka

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Afro Tanaka
Kōkō Afro Tanaka manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume of Kōkō Afro Tanaka.
アフロ田中
(Afuro Tanaka)
Genre Comedy
Manga
Kōkō Afro Tanaka
Written by Masaharu Noritsuke
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run 20022004
Volumes 10
Manga
Chūtai Afro Tanaka
Written by Masaharu Noritsuke
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run 20042007
Volumes 10
Manga
Jōkyō Afro Tanaka
Written by Masaharu Noritsuke
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run 20072010
Volumes 10
Manga
Sasurai Afro Tanaka
Written by Masaharu Noritsuke
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run 2010May 13, 2013
Volumes 10
Live-action film
Directed by Daigo Matsui
Written by Masafumi Nishida
Released February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18)
Runtime 114 minutes
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Afro Tanaka (Japanese: アフロ田中 Hepburn: Afuro Tanaka?) is a Japanese gag manga series written and illustrated by Masaharu Noritsuke. It follows a 24-years-old Afro-haired young man named Hiroshi Tanaka who falls in love for the first time. Afro Tanaka spawned four manga series, and it was adapted into a live action film in 2012.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Four Afro Tanaka series were written and illustrated by Masaharu Noritsuke. The first one, called Kōkō Afro Tanaka, was originally serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits from 2002[1] to 2004. Chūtai Afro Tanaka was published from 2004 to 2007; Jōkyō Afro Tanaka from 2007 to 2010; and Sasurai Afro Tanaka from there to 2013.

Film[edit]

A film directed by Daigo Matsui,[2] based on Jōkyō Afro Tanaka story[1] was released in February 18, 2012 by Showgate.[3] The theme song of the film is "Yoru wo Koete" by Tsuru.[4] Afro Tanaka was released in DVD and Blu-ray by Happinet in August 2, 2012.[5] The film also spawned a spin-off: a 10-episodes mini-drama entitled Hōkago Afro Tanaka.[6]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The Afro Tanaka manga has sold 3.6 million units in Japan as of May 2013.[1] In 2008, the third manga series, Jōkyō Afro Tanaka, was nominated in the manga category at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.[7]

The film debuted at number 10 in Japanese theaters. Afro Tanaka grossed over $1.8 million in Japan.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gag Comedy Manga Afro Tanaka Ends". Anime News Network. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Manga-Based Afro Tanaka Comedy Film's Trailer Streamed (Updated)". Anime News Network. November 6, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "2012 Japan Yearly Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Shiso (October 28, 2011). "Tsuru to sing the theme song for "Afro Tanaka" movie". Tokyohive. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "松田翔太、佐々木希出演「アフロ田中」BD/DVD発売" (in Japanese). Tower. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "映画『アフロ田中』のスピンオフ「放課後アフロ田中」完成!モテない男たちの奮闘描く全10話のミニドラマ!" (in Japanese). Cinema Today. January 15, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tsumiki no Ie, Piano Forest, Kaiba Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Network. December 10, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

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