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Heta-uma (ヘタウマ or ヘタうま) is a Japanese underground manga movement started in the 1970s with the magazine Garo.[1] Heta-uma can be translated as "bad but good", designating a work which looks poorly drawn, but with an aesthetically conscious quality, opposed to the polished look of mainstream manga.

Some of heta-uma's main artists are Teruhiko Yumura (pen name "King Terry"),[2] Yoshikazu Ebisu[3] and Takashi Nemoto.[4]


  1. ^ "The 'bad but good' trailblazing of Yumura Teruhiko, by Paul Gravett / ArtReview". artreview.com. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (2014-01-02). Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Stone Bridge Press, Inc. ISBN 9781611725537.
  3. ^ Thompson, Jason (2012-07-03). Manga: The Complete Guide. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780345539441.
  4. ^ "Avant manga". Japan Today. Retrieved 2016-11-08.

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