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Tow Ubukata (冲方 丁 Ubukata Tō?, born February 14, 1977 in Gifu Prefecture) is a Japanese science fiction light novel, manga and anime creator. He spent ages four to nine of his childhood in Singapore and ages 10 to 14 in Nepal. In Nepal, Ubukata maintained his Japanese heritage and language abilities; he read dictionaries to keep in touch with his native tongue. This led to success immediately following his high school years, when he received several writer's awards. Formerly a student of Waseda University's school of political economics, his works include Le Chevalier D'Eon, Mardock Scramble, Heroic Age (series composition), Pilgrim Jäger, Sōkyū no Fafner and Ghost in the Shell: Arise.
His other written works include Bye Bye Earth, Madoromi no Sefiroto (The Sleeping Sephiroth), Storm Bring World and his debut book, Kuroi Kisetsu (The Black Season). Planned works include Shinjuu Kari (Hunt for the Divine Beasts) and Kurakami Taiheiki (Record of the Kurakami Tranquility) [tentative title].
Hoping to become a novelist, he took part in the Kadokawa Shoten Sneaker competition after graduating from high school, and won. After that, he enrolled in Waseda University, and then entered the world of game production. He fulfilled his dream of making manga, by teaming up with illustrator Mami Itou. At this time, he was already planning Mardock Scramble. He also published the ultra-thick novel Bye Bye, Earth before leaving the university without completing his degree.
Ubukata writes for the Japanese visual culture magazine NewType. His serialized segments, called "A Gambler's Life", are comedic, often-satiric expository pieces. They chronicle his day-to-day experiences and interactions with people, such as his wife. In these segments, he dubs himself "The Kamikazi Wordsmith." These segments were also published in the American counterpart, NewType USA, which is now discontinued.
Tow Ubukata won the 24th Nihon SF Taisho Award in 2003 and is one of Japan promising writers in the genre. Ubukata has written the novelization and the script for the manga version of Le Chevalier D'Eon, and has contributed to the screenplay and the overall story plot of the animated version.
- Ubukata, Tow. "Taking on a TV interview". Newtype USA. 6 (7) p. 30. July 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
- Newtype USA. ISSN 1541-4817.
- Miya, Shotaro et al. "Le Chevalier D'Eon". Newtype USA. 6 (1) pp. 52-53. January 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
- Tow Ubukata's website (Japanese)
- Entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
- Tow Ubukata at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)
- Tow Ubukata at Anime News Network's encyclopedia