July 6, 1949
Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
|Other names||Morohoshi Yoshikage
|Occupation||Manga artist, illustrator, writer|
|Known for||Yōkai Hunter, Saiyū Yōenden (The Monkey King and other Chinese Legends)|
Daijiro Morohoshi (諸星 大二郎 Morohoshi Daijirō?, born July 6, 1949 in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist. He grew up in Adachi-ku, Tokyo. He is well known for SF comics, allegorical comics and horror/mystery comics based on pseudohistory and folklore. The indirect influence by Cthulhu Mythos also appears here and there in his works.
After graduating from high school, Morohoshi worked for the Tokyo metropolitan government for three years.
In 1974, his "Seibutsu Toshi" (生物都市 Bio City?) was selected in the 7th Tezuka Award. He published "Yōkai Hunter" (妖怪ハンター Demon Hunter?) series in Weekly Shōnen Jump and he entered the comics industry in earnest. He published "Ankoku Shinwa" (暗黒神話 Dark myth?), "Kōshi Ankokuden" (孔子暗黒伝 Dark biography of Confucius?) in the same magazine afterwards.
In 1979, he published the "Mud men" series in Monthly Shōnen Champion Zōkan.
In 1983, he published Saiyū Yōenden (西遊妖猿伝 Journey to the West: Monster monkey’s Commentary?) (The Monkey King and other Chinese Legends) based on "Journey to the West" in Super Action. This work won the grand prize of the fourth Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2000.
Because Morohoshi's style of painting was too unique, his assistants said that they didn't know how to assist him, or Osamu Tezuka said that he could not imitate Morohoshi's painting. Morohoshi's "Mud men" triggered Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Hosono wrote "The Madmen". Hosono said that his production company misspelled "Mudmen" with "Madmen". Hayao Miyazaki told that he was strongly influenced by Morohoshi in various media. When Kentaro Takekuma interviewed Miyazaki, he said that he actually wanted Morohoshi to draw "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind". According to Toshio Okada who was a former representative director of Gainax, Hideaki Anno always said that he wanted to apply the scene where a giant appeared in "Kage no Machi" (影の街 Shadow Town?) to his work, and his hope was realized in "Neon Genesis Evangelion".
|1974||Seibutsu Toshi (生物都市 Bio City?)||The 7th Tezuka Award||Nominated|
|1992||Boku to Furio to Kōtei de (僕とフリオと校庭で Me and Furio in the schoolyard?)||The excellence prize of The 21st Japan Cartoonists Association Award||Won|
|Ikairoku (異界録 Another World Record?)||The excellence prize of The 21st Japan Cartoonists Association Award||Won|
|2000||Saiyū Yōenden (西遊妖猿伝 Journey to the West: Monster monkey’s Commentary?) (The Monkey King and other Chinese Legends)||The grand prize of the 4th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize||Won|
|2008||Shiori to Shimiko (栞と紙魚子 Shiori and Shimiko?)||Excellent prize of the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga section||Won|
- Yōkai Hunter series
- Saiyū Yōenden (The Monkey King and other Chinese Legends)
- Mud men series
- Seibutsu Toshi
- Kōshi Ankokuden
- Boku to Furio to Kōtei de
- Shiori to Shimiko
- Kyōko no Kyō wa Kyōfu no Kyō (2004)
- Kumo no Ito wa Kanarazu Kireru (2007)
Illustrations for books
- Rōkō ni Ari (Author: Ken'ichi Sakemi)
- Hiruko the Goblin (1991, Film Director: Shinya Tsukamoto)
- Kidan (2005, Film Director: Takashi Komatsu)
- Kabeotoko (British title: The Wall Man) (2007, Film Director: Wataru Hayakawa)
- Fukushū Club (1991, Fuji Television, in Yo nimo Kimyo na Monogatari)
- Shiro (1992, Fuji Television, in Yo nimo Kimyo na Monogatari)
- Shiori to Shimiko no Kaiki Jikenbo (2008, Nippon Television)
- Saiyū Yōenden (1989)
- Zoku Saiyū Yōenden (1990)
- Yumemiru Kikai (2000)
- Ankoku Shinwa Chapter 1/Chapter 2 (1990)
- Ankoku Shinwa: Yamatotakeru Densetsu (1988)