Hajime Isayama

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Hajime Isayama
諫山 創
BornAugust 29, 1986 (1986-08-29) (age 35)
OccupationManga artist
Years active2006–present
Known forAttack on Titan
Spouse(s)Unannounced[1]
AwardsKodansha Manga Award (2011)
Harvey Award (2014)

Hajime Isayama (諫山 創, Isayama Hajime, born August 29, 1986) is a Japanese manga artist. His first series, Attack on Titan (2009–2021), became one of the best-selling manga series of all time with 100 million copies in circulation as of December 2019.[2]

Biography[edit]

Isayama was born in Ōyama, Ōita Prefecture, Japan, which is now part of Hita. It was in high school, Hita Rinko Senior High School, that he began submitting manga works to contests.[3] After graduating, he matriculated in the manga design program of the arts department at Kyushu Designer Gakuen. In 2006, he applied for the Magazine Grand Prix known as MGP promoted by Kodansha Ltd. and a short version of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) was given the "Fine Work" award.[4] At age twenty, he moved to Tokyo and worked at an Internet café in order to pursue a career in writing manga.[3][5] This one-shot would later be included in the series' guidebook and included with the first Blu-ray of the anime adaptation.[6]

Originally, he offered his work to the Weekly Shōnen Jump department at Shueisha, where he was advised to modify his style and story to be more suitable for Weekly Shōnen Jump. He declined and decided instead to take it to the Weekly Shōnen Magazine department at Kodansha Ltd.[7]

In 2008, he applied for the 80th Weekly Shōnen Magazine Freshman Manga Award, where his work Heart Break One was given the Special Encouragement Award. His other work, Orz, was chosen as a selected work in the same contest the following year.

In 2009, his first serial work, Attack on Titan, started in the monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. It won the Shōnen category of the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in 2011,[8] and was nominated for both the 4th annual Manga Taishō award and the 16th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[9][10] Attack on Titan is released in English by Kodansha USA and has inspired five spin-off manga series, three light novel series, a televised anime adaptation, several visual novels and video games, and a two part live-action film. The resort Bungo Oyama Hibiki no Sato in his hometown of Ōyama, ran a free exhibit displaying copies of Isayama's manuscripts for the manga in 2013.[5] A special Attack on Titan event was held in Hita on November 1, 2014, with Isayama and approximately 2,500 spectators attending. The following day, Isayama gave a speech at the Patria Hita cultural hall and was officially named the Tourism Ambassador of Hita by the city's mayor Keisuke Harada. In December 2018, he announced in his blog that he had gotten married earlier that year.[11]

Works[edit]

Title Year Publisher(s) Notes Ref.
Attack on Titan
(進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin)
2006 One-shot version [4]
Heart Break One
(ハート ブレイク ワン Hāto Bureiku Wan)
2008 One-shot [12]
Orz 2008 One-shot [13]
Attack on Titan
(進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin)
2009–2021 Kodansha (Japanese)
Kodansha USA (English)
Manga
Attack on Titan Inside
(進撃の巨人 INSIDE 抗 Shingeki no Kyojin Inside Kou)
2013 Character profiles, interviews
Attack on Titan Outside
(進撃の巨人 OUTSIDE 攻 Shingeki no Kyojin OUTSIDE Osamu)
2013 Concept art, interviews. Includes a draft from chapter 1 (2009)
Attack on Avengers 2014 Brutus (Japanese)
Colossal Edition Vol. 2 by Kodansha USA (English)
Crossover with Marvel Comics.
Story by Isayama, art by Axel Alonso and Joe Quesada.
[14]
The Killing Pawn
(ザ・キリング・ポーン Za Kiringu Pōn)
2014 One-shot; art by Ryōji Minagawa.This was lately added to Minagawa's short story collection "Tensousha"(2021). [15][16]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work/Nominee Result
2006 Magazine Grand Prix Fine Work Attack on Titan (one-shot version) Won[4]
2008 80th Weekly Shōnen Magazine Freshman Manga Award Special Encouragement Award Heart Break One Won[12]
2008 81st Weekly Shōnen Magazine Freshman Manga Award Selected Work Orz Won[13]
2011 4th Manga Taishō Awards Best Manga Attack on Titan Nominated[17]
2011 35th Kodansha Manga Award Best Shōnen Manga Attack on Titan Won[8]
2012 16th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Grand Prize Attack on Titan Nominated[18]
2013 20th Anime & Manga Grand Prix Best Hope Manga Attack on Titan Won[19]
2013 19th Saló del Manga de Barcelona Best Shōnen Manga Attack on Titan Won[20]
2013 6th Bros Comic Award Grand Prize (Animated Comic) Attack on Titan Won[21][22]
2014 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Grand Prize Attack on Titan Nominated[23]
2014 17th Attilio Micheluzzi Award Best Foreign Series Attack on Titan (published by Planet Manga) Won[24]
2014 True Believer Comic Awards Favourite Manga Attack on Titan Won[25]
2014 27th Harvey Award Best American Edition of Foreign Material Attack on Titan (published by Kodansha USA) Won[26]
2014 21st Anime & Manga Grand Prix Best Manga Attack on Titan Won[27]
2014 E-Book Awards Grand Prize Attack on Titan (published by Kondansha) Won[28]
2014 E-Book Awards Comic Category Attack on Titan (published by Kondansha) Won
1st place[29]
2014 Pochi Awards Best Manga International Attack on Titan (published by Carlsen Manga) Won[30]
2014 20th Saló del Manga de Barcelona Best Shōnen Manga Attack on Titan Won[31]
2014 NEO Awards Best Manga Attack on Titan (published by Kodansha USA) Won[32][33]
2015 1st Sugoi Japan Awards Best Manga Series Attack on Titan Won[34]
2015 11th AnimaniA Awards Best Manga International Attack on Titan (published by Carlsen Manga) Won[35]
2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Graphic Novels & Comics Attack on Titan 3rd place[36]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Harding, Daryl (2019-12-24). "'Attack on Titan' Manga Releases Over 100 Million Copies Worldwide". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
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  4. ^ a b c "7月期MGP結果大発表!!" [MGP results for July!!]. 講談社コミックプラス. Kodansha. 2009. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
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  19. ^ "20E ANIME & MANGA GRAND PRIX : LES VAINQUEURS". AnimeLand (in French). 2013-04-05.
  20. ^ "'Ataque a los titanes' y 'Fushigi Yugi' ganan los premios del Salón del Manga de Barcelona". rtve.es (in Spanish). November 3, 2013.
  21. ^ "初心者むけ"進撃"講座も!「ブロスコミックアワード2013」大賞は「王国の子」". getnews.jp (in Japanese). November 12, 2013.
  22. ^ 6th Shine! Bros Comic Award 2013. TV Bros November 9, 2013 issue
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  24. ^ "Vincitori Premi Micheluzzi 2014" [2014 Micheluzzi Awards Winners]. Comicon.it (in Italian). 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
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  34. ^ Lynzee, Loveridge (March 13, 2015). "Yomiuri Shimbun's 'Sugoi Japan Awards' Winners Announced". Anime News Network.
  35. ^ "AnimaniA Award 2006-2016". AnimaniA.
  36. ^ "Best Graphic Novels & Comics". Goodreads.

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