Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

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Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
島袋 光年
Born (1975-05-19) May 19, 1975 (age 41)
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Occupation Manga artist
Years active 1996-present
Known for Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi!,
Awards Akatsuka Award,
Shogakukan Manga Award (2001)

Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (島袋 光年 Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi?, born May 19, 1975 in Naha, Okinawa) is a Japanese manga artist. He first gained success with his series Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! in 1997, but is better known for Toriko which began in 2008.


Shimabukuro made his debut in 1996, in Weekly Shōnen Jump. He received an Akatsuka Award for best new comic manga writer on his gag manga, Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! (世紀末リーダー伝たけし!?, "A Tale of a Leader in the End of the Century Takeshi!") (1997–2002, 24 volumes), for which he also won the 2001 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.[1]

In 2002, he was arrested and convicted of violating child prostitution laws, including paying a 16-year-old girl ¥80,000 to have sex.[2][3][4][5] As a result of the arrest, Seikimatsu Leader Den Takeshi! was cancelled by Weekly Shōnen Jump.[6] Shimabukuro was sentenced to two years in prison, however the sentence was suspended.[3]

In 2004, Shimabukuro returned to manga with a sports/comedy manga, Ring, which continued for 3 volumes (24 chapters) in Super Jump magazine. His current series is Toriko (トリコ?), which began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2008 and became one of its top sellers. It was nominated for 2nd Manga Taisho Award 2009. Toriko was adapted as an anime series produced by Toei Animation, the first episode premiered on April 3, 2011.

Shimabukuro is friends with Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece.[7] In 2011, the two created the Toriko and One Piece crossover one-shot Taste of the Devil Fruit. Shimabukuro stated that he came up with the bulk of the story while Oda gave suggestions.[8]

On Nikkei Entertainment's list of most successful manga artist's he ranked 13th.[9]



  1. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro Arrested". Anime News Network. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Mangaka Convicted and Sentenced for Schoolgirl Sex "Romp"". Anime News Network. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  4. ^ 児童買春で漫画家再逮捕 神奈川県警 (in Japanese). Anti Pornographic and Prostitution Research Group. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ 漫画家の島袋光年被告に有罪判決 児童買春で横浜地裁 (in Japanese). Anti Pornographic and Prostitution Research Group. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Journalista!: Award-winning manga artist found guilty of child prostitution". The Comics Journal. 29 October 2002. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Oda, Eiichiro (2 August 2002). One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (in Japanese). Shueisha. ISBN 978-4-08-873358-6. 
  8. ^ "SNEAK PEEK: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro Interview Pt. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Top 50 Manga Creators by Sales Since 2010

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