Inio Asano

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Inio Asano (浅野 いにお Asano Inio?, born September 22, 1980 in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. Asano created the acclaimed manga Solanin, which was released as a feature film in Japan in April 2010, starring Aoi Miyazaki.[1] Known for creating character-driven, realist stories, ranging from slice of life to psychological horror, Asano won first prize in the 2001 GX competition for young manga artists. In 2010, Yomiuri Shimbun described Asano as "one of the voices of his generation."[1]

In a January 2013 issue of BREAK MAX Magazine, Asano revealed a desire to undergo MTF sex reassignment surgery and suggested that transgender issues could be the focus of an upcoming work.[2]


  • Subarashii Sekai (素晴らしい世界 What a Wonderful World?) (2003)
    • Licensed in North America by Viz Media.[3]
  • Nijigahara Holograph (虹ヶ原ホログラフ Rainbow Field Holograph?) (2003)
    • Licensed in North America by Fantagraphics.[4]
  • Hikari no Machi (ひかりのまち City of Lights?) (2004–2005)
  • Solanin (ソラニン?) (2005–2006)
    • Licensed in North America by Viz Media.[5]
  • Sekai no Owari to Yoake Mae (世界の終わりと夜明け前 The End of The World and Before Dawn?) (2006–2008)
  • Oyasumi Punpun (おやすみプンプン Goodnight Punpun?) (2007–2013)
  • Ozanari-kun (おざなり君?) 2008-2011)
  • Umibe no Onnanoko (うみべの女の子 A Girl by the Sea?) (2009–2013)
  • Ctrl+T Asano Inio Works (Ctrl+T 浅野いにおWORKS?) (2010)
  • Ctrl+T mini Asano Inio Works (Ctrl+T mini 浅野いにおWORKS?) (2010)


  1. ^ a b Ozaki, Mio (April 16, 2010). "The disaffected world of Inio Asano". Japan: Yomiuri Shimbun. Archived from the original on April 24, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Solanin Creator Inio Asano Reveals Desire for Sex Change". Anime News Network. January 19, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Viz Media to Publish the Poignant New Manga Series What a Wonderful World". Anime News Network. October 6, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nijigahara Holograph is coming". Fantagraphics. January 17, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Viz to Offer Asano's Solanin, Obata's We Were There". Anime News Network. February 18, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 

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