Taiyō Matsumoto

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Taiyō Matsumoto
Taiyō Matsumoto - Lucca 2017 02.jpg
Born (1967-10-25) October 25, 1967 (age 53)
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Tekkonkinkreet, Ping Pong, Sunny
AwardsJapan Cartoonists Association Award, 2001 for GoGo Monster [1]

Japan Media Arts Festival, 2007 for Takemitsuzamurai. [2]

Eisner Awards, 2008 for Tekkon Kinkreet. .[3]

Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, 2011 for Takemitsuzamurai with Issei Eifuku. [4]

Cartoonist Studio Prize, 2014 for Sunny. [5]

Japan Media Arts Festival, 2016 for Sunny. [6]

Shogakukan Manga Award, 2016 for Sunny. [7]

Eisner Awards, 2020 for Cats of the Louvre [8]

Taiyō Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本大洋, Hepburn: Matsumoto Taiyō, born October 25, 1967) is a manga artist from Tokyo. He has received critical praise for his unconventional and often surrealist art style. Matsumoto has been called one of the greatest artists in the history of manga and has won numerous awards, including the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the Eisner Awards. Ping Pong and Blue Spring have been adapted into live-action feature films. Animation studio Studio 4°C adapted Tekkonkinkreet into an animated feature film, it was released in Japan in late 2006, and both the anime and manga have been published in English.[9] He is the cousin of Santa Inoue, another manga artist.


Matsumoto originally wanted to be a soccer player, but changed to artist as an occupation instead. After his initial success in the Comic Open contest, he began touring France in 1986, an event that became a significant point in his career. The manga he produced covers a variety of topics, from sports to family comedies to science fiction epics.[10]

He made his debut with STRAIGHT in Morning, Kodansha's monthly seinen manga magazine, but is known for his works with Kodansha's rival publisher Shogakukan.

In 1993, he began working on Tekkonkinkreet, and published a series of short stories in a collection called Nihon no Kyodai in 1994. Ping Pong appeared in Big Comic Spirits in 1996.

In 2000, Matsumoto published GoGo Monster, a 450 pages one-shot. He worked on it between 1998 and 2000, without publishing any chapter in any magazine, influenced by method of working of European comic artists he met during the Angoulême International Comics Festival, when he was still publishing Ping Pong. GoGo Monster won the Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 2001.

He began the publication of No. 5 in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in 2000.[10][11]

In 2006, he started publishing Takemitsu Zamurai on Big Comic Spirits. It earned him the Excellence Prize in the Manga Division at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2007 and the Grand Prize at the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2011.

Sunny ran in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Monthly Ikki from December 2010 to September 2014, when the magazine ceased publication. It was later transferred to Monthly Big Comic Spirits, being serialized from January to July 2015. It is considered one of the most important works of his career. Sunny won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category in 2016 and received an Excellence Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2017.

Cats of the Louvre was serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original manga magazine from 2016 to 2017. The series won the 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material

He is currently working on Mukashi no Hanashi and Tokyo Higoro on Shogakukan's magazines.


Matsumoto has cited Moebius, Enki Bilal, Katsuhiro Otomo, Shotaro Ishinomori and Tsuchida Seiki as influences on his work.[12]


Title Year Notes Refs[13]
Straight (ストレート) 1989 Morning, Kodansha Comics, 2 volumes
Zero 1991 Big Comic Spirits Special, 2 volumes
Zero: God Save the Knuckle! Big Spirits Comics, 2 volumes; Big Comics, 1 vol.
Hana Otoko (花男, A Boy Meet a Papa and Baseball) 1992 Big Comics, Big Spirits Comics Special, 3 volumes
Blue Spring 1993 Anthology collection of short stories
Published by Shogakukan, 1 volume
Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート, Tekkonkinkurīto)/Black & White 1993–94 Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 3 volumes
Nihon no Kyōdai (日本の兄弟, Brothers of Japan) 1995 Mag Comics, 1 volume
100 1995 Big spirits comic special, 2 volumes
Ping Pong 1996–97 Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 5 volumes
GoGo Monster 2000 Published by Shogakukan, 1 volume [17]
No. 5 2000–05 Serialized in Monthly Ikki magazine
Published by Shogakukan in 8 volumes
Hana (, Flower) 2002 stage play adapted to manga novella, 1 volume
Takemitsuzamurai (竹光侍)
with Issei Eifuku (writer)
2006–10 Serialized in Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 8 volumes
Sunny 2010–15 Serialized in Monthly Ikki and Monthly Big Comic Spirits
Published by Shogakukan, 6 volumes
Sanī yōyō-tsuki gentei tokusōban (Sunnyヨーヨー付き限定特装版, Sunny Yo-Yo Special edition) Ikki Comix, Ann Comics, 2 volumes
Chaoanfanteriburu (チャオアンファンテリブル, Chao Anne fan Terrible)
Taiyo Matsumoto / Katsuki Tanaka / Hiro Sugiyama
Tokyo Comic Insider, 1 volume
Cats of the Louvre (ルーヴルの猫, Rūvuru no Neko) 2016–17 Issued by the Louvre museum, 2 volumes [22][23][24]
Mukashi no Hanashi (むかしのはなし)
with Issei Eifuku (writer)
2020–present Serialized in Big Comic Superior magazine [25][26][27]


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