A volume cover of Abu-san
|Written by||Shinji Mizushima|
|Magazine||Big Comic Original|
|Original run||1973 – 2014|
Abu-san (Japanese: あぶさん?) is a baseball manga series written and illustrated by Shinji Mizushima. It tells the story of fictional baseball player Yasutake Kageura (景浦安武 Kageura Yasutake?). It started to be serialized in 1973, and ended on February 5, 2014 after 976 chapters. The first manga volume was released on May 15, 1974 and the last one, the 107th volume, was released on March 28, 2014.
In 1977, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general manga. In 2004, Mizushima auctioned off the right to appear as a character in Abu-san for over ¥3 million, as a fundraiser for Mangajapan. As of 2013, the series has sold over 22 million copies.
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks currently honours Squad no.90, which belongs to Yasutake Kageura.
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