Daisuke Higuchi

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Daisuke Higuchi (樋口 大輔 Higuchi Daisuke?, born May 10, 1966) is a Japanese female manga artist best known for her work on Whistle!. Often she is mistaken for a man, namely because Daisuke is a name usually attributed to men.

Her self-portrait in Whistle! took the form of a crow.[1]


Born in Gunma prefecture, she was recognized in the world of manga by being honored at the 43rd Osamu Tezuka awards in 1992 with third prize.[2] In the same year, she became the author of a romance/action story called Itaru.[2] In 1998, she became known in Japan for her soccer manga Whistle! and was said to be influenced after she went to France to attend the 1998 World Cup tournament.[3]

With the success of Whistle!, she went to personally direct the creation of the animated series. As of 2006, it is believed that she is working on a new series.

She currently lives in Tokyo.



  • 1992 - Itaru - short story
  • 1992 - Singing Flame - short story
  • 1994 - X-Connection - short story
  • 1997 - Break Free! - short story
  • 1998~2002 - Whistle! - series of 24 books
  • 2001 - X-Connection 2001 - short story
  • 2004 - NOIZ - short story
  • 2005~2006 - Go Ahead - series of 4 books
  • 2008 - Seirei Gakusha Kidan Reikyou Kaden (精霊学者綺談 黎鏡花伝), serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Beans Ace - 2 vol.
  • 2009–present - Dokushi (ドクシ -読師-), serialized in Comic Birz - 3 vol.
  • 2012 - Sengoku Basara 3 - Kishin no Gotoku
  • 2013 - Akashiya Ginga Shoutengai


  • The short stories collection Break Free! includes a story starring characters from Whistle! Two of the other stories are alternate versions of the one plot with the same characters.


  1. ^ One example is found on the Whistle! Production Staff Corner of Whistle!, Volume 6.
  2. ^ a b Seen in the first page of every Whistle! manga volume released in North America by VIZ Media.
  3. ^ World Cup Report, Whistle! Volume 2.

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