Ikki Kajiwara

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Ikki Kajiwara
梶原 一騎
Kajiwara in a 1973 issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine
BornAsaki Takamori
(1936-09-04)September 4, 1936
Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
DiedJanuary 21, 1987(1987-01-21) (aged 50)
Tokyo, Japan
Area(s)Author, mangaka, film producer
Pseudonym(s)Asao Takamori
Notable works
Ashita no Joe
Star of the Giants
Karate Baka Ichidai
Tiger Mask
(m. 1979; div. 1981)
ChildrenPai Hsiao-yen

Asaki Takamori (高森 朝樹, Takamori Asaki, September 4, 1936 – January 21, 1987), known by the pen names Ikki Kajiwara (梶原 一騎, Kajiwara Ikki) and Asao Takamori (高森 朝, Takamori Asao), was a Japanese author, manga writer, and film producer. He is known for the work about sports and martial arts, with images of heroic young men with the occasional fine details as he moves from one topic to another. He considered Tiger Mask and Star of the Giants to be his life's work.[1]


The son of an illustrator and editor, Takamori was a notorious juvenile delinquent with an interest on fighting. After World War II, his family moved to Tokyo, where he jumped schools until landing a job as a novelist at 17. He adopted the pen names Ikki Kajiwara and Asao Takamori, since he was writing for a rival magazine at the time.[2] He was married to Pai Bing-bing and fathered a daughter, Pai Hsiao-yen, who was murdered in 1997.



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  1. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Tiger Mask W Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  2. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy Helen. (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5.
  • Bakuman manga by Tsugumi Ohba, chapter 5, page 16–17. It is mentioned there that, by the time he was working on Ashita no Joe, Kajiwara was working in five series at the same time (Joe included).

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