George Akiyama

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George Akiyama
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Born
Yūji Akiyama

(1943-04-27)April 27, 1943
DiedMay 12, 2020(2020-05-12) (aged 77)
NationalityJapanese
OccupationManga artist
Known forAshura (1970–1971)
Zeni Geba (1970-1971)
The Moon (1972-1973)
Haguregumo (1973–2017)
Websitewww.george-akiyama.com

George Akiyama (ジョージ秋山, Jōji Akiyama, born Yūji Akiyama (秋山 勇二), April 27, 1943 – May 12, 2020) was a Japanese manga artist known for dealing with controversial and incendiary topics in many of his works.[1][2] He was born the second boy of five siblings. He had an older brother and older sister, as well as a younger brother and younger sister. His father was Korean and an artificial flower craftsman.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Akiyama quit high school and moved to Tokyo to become a manga artist. After working briefly as a book wholesaler, he became an assistant for manga artist Kenji Morita.[3] He made his major debut in 1966 with the gag-manga Gaikotsu-kun, which was published in Bekkan Shōnen Magazine, and shocked readers in 1970 with Ashura, which contained numerous unsettling depictions of human life. The first chapter of Ashura contains a scene where a woman commits cannibalism to prevent herself from dying of starvation, and later attempts to eat her own child as well.[2] The August 2, 1970, edition of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, which first published this chapter, was banned in several regions as a result of this scene, propelling Akiyama to infamy within the manga industry. Akiyama continued his career with Kokuhaku (lit. "Confessions"), which began serialization in the 11th edition of Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1971. This manga took on an unprecedented format where Akiyama would make a confession each week (for instance, in one chapter he confesses that he is a murderer), only to admit that his confession was a lie in the following week's chapter.[3] After repeating this for the duration of the manga, Akiyama suddenly announced his retirement, cutting off all of the serializations he held on various magazines to embark on a solo journey across Japan.

Akiyama came out of retirement only 3 months later with Bara no Sakamichi, which began serialization in the 34th edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1971. He started his longest work, Haguregumo, on Big Comic Original, which won him the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1979.[4] The series ended in 2017, and spanned 112 volumes since its inception in 1973. The series was also adapted into an anime film by Toei Animation and Madhouse in 1982.

Akiyama died on May 12, 2020, at the age of 77 of unspecified causes.[5]

Notable works[edit]

Title Year Collected
Patman X (パットマンX, Pattoman X) 1967–1968 5 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha
Recipient of the Kodansha Jidō Manga Award.
Derorinman (デロリンマン) 1969–1970 2 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shueisha
The volumes were titled Ganso Derorinman (元祖デロリンマン) because they were released after the 1975 remake.
Braggart Dondon (ほらふきドンドン, Horafuki Dondon) 1969–1970 5 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha
Ashura (アシュラ) 1970–1971 3 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha
Zeni Geba (銭ゲバ) 1970–1971 5 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shogakukan
Kokuhaku (告白) 1971 1 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shogakukan
Bara no Sakamichi (ばらの坂道) 1971–1972 3 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shueisha
The Moon (ザ・ムーン) 1972–1973 4 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shogakukan
Cloudy the Wanderer (浮浪雲, Haguregumo) 1973–2017 112 tankōbon, Big Comic Original, Shogakukan
Hana no Yotarō 1974–1979 15 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Champion
Derorinman 1975–1976 3 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha
Remake of the 1969 manga, which differs significantly from the original version.
Bonkura Dōshin 1976–1977 4 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha
Gyara 1979–1981 8 tankōbon, Shōnen King
Pink no Curtain 1980–1984 Part 1: 15 tankōbon, Part 2: 6 tankōbon, Weekly Manga Goraku
Chōjin Haruko 1982–1984 3 tankōbon, Weekly Morning
Kaijin Gonzui 1984 1 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Jump
Koiko no Mainichi 1985–1992 32 tankōbon, Weekly Manga Action
Kudoki-ya Joe 1986–1987 4 tankōbon, Big Comic Superior
Lovelin Monroe 1989–1993 13 tankōbon, Young Magazine
Onnagata Kisaburō 1993–2002 7 tankōbon, Big Comic Original Sōkan
Hakuai no Hito 1993–1996 8 tankōbon, Big Gold
Dobugero-sama 1995–1996 1 tankōbon, Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Sutegataki Hitobito 1996–1999 5 tankōbon, Big Gold
Ikinasai Kiki 2001–2002 4 tankōbon,
WHO are YOU 2002 1 tankōbon, Big Comic Original Sōkan
Author listed as Yūji Akiyama during serialization.
Manga Chūgoku Nyūmon: Yakkai na Rinjin no Kenkyū 2005 Published by Asukashinsha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norimitsu Onishi (November 19, 2005). "Ugly Images of Asian Rivals Become Best Sellers in Japan". New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "L'autre Bande Dessinee - Ashura by George Akiyama". du9.org. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "George Akiyama". comipress.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
  4. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  5. ^ "「浮浪雲」「銭ゲバ」漫画家ジョージ秋山さん死去". Yomiuri Shinbun. Retrieved 1 June 2020.

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