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Mitsuru Adachi April 23, 2009

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Mitsuru Adachi (あだち充 or 安達 充 ,Adachi Mitsuru?) is a mangaka born February 9, 1951 in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.[1] After graduating from Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Commercial High School in 1969, Adachi worked as an assistant for Isami Ishii.[2] He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kieta Bakuon, based on a manga originally created by Satoru Ozawa. Kieta was published in Deluxe Shōnen Sunday (a manga magazine published by Shogakukan) .

Adachi is well known for romantic comedy and sports manga (especially baseball) such as Touch, H2, Slow Step, and Miyuki. He has been described as a writer of “delightful dialogue”, a genius at portraying everyday life,[3] “the greatest pure storyteller”,[4] and “a master mangaka”.[5] He is one of the few mangaka to write for both shōnen manga and shōjo manga magazines, and be popular in both. His works have been carried in Shōnen Sunday, Ciao, Shōjo Comic, and Petit Comic, and most of his works are published through Shogakukan and Gakken. Only two short story collections, Short Program and Short Program 2 (both by Viz Media), have been released in North America.

He modelled his use of あだち rather than 安達 after the example of his older brother Tsutomu Adachi. In addition, it has been suggested that the accurate portrayal of sibling rivalry in Touch may come from Adachi’s experiences while growing up with his older brother. Adachi did the character designs for the OVA anime series Nozomi Witches, so he is sometimes incorrectly given credit for creating the original series.

Brief history

* Prior to 1969: Adachi began submitting to the manga magazine COM
* 1969: Following his older brother’s lead, Adachi moves to Tokyo and begins work as an assistant to mangaka Isami Ishii[1]
* 1970: Adachi makes his debut with Kieta Bakuon
* 1981: Touch begins
* 1982: Hiatari Ryōkō! is made into a live action TV drama series
* 1983: Adachi wins 28th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen/shōjo manga his two series Touch and Miyuki[6]
* 1983: Miyuki anime begins, and a live-action film of Miyuki is released as well
* 1985: Touch anime begins
* 1995: H2 anime begins
* 2005: H2 is made into a TBS drama
* 2005: Touch is made into a live action movie
* 2006: Rough released as a live action movie
* 2008: Shōnen Sunday 2008 issue 26 devoted to Adachi as a celebration of his combined manga sales reaching 200 million.
* 2009: Adachi wins the 54th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga for Cross Game[7]
* 2009: Cross Game anime begins

Works

In chronological order.

* Rainbowman (1972-1973, originally created by Kōhan Kawauchi)
* Little Boy (1974, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Heart no A (1975, originally created by Akira Saiga)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Jingi (1975-1976, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Gamushara (1976, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hatsukoi Kōshien (1976, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Ondo (1976-1977, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Nakimushi Kōshien (1977, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Hirahira-kun Seishun Taiko (1977-1978, originally created by Mamoru Sasaki)
* Nine (1978-1980)
* Sekiyō yo Nobore!! (1979, originally created by Jūzō Yamasaki)
* Oira Hōkago Wakadaishō (1979-1980)
* Hiatari Ryōkō! (1979-1981)
* Miyuki (1980-1984)
* Touch (1981-1986)
* Short Program (1985-1995 and 2007, collection of short works)
* Slow Step (1986-1991)
* Rough (1987-1989)
* Niji Iro Tōgarashi (1990-1992)
* H2 (1992-1999)
* Jinbē (1992-1997)
* Bōken Shōnen (1998-2006)
* Itsumo Misora (2000-2001)
* Katsu! (2001-2005)
* Idol Ace (2005- ? )
* Cross Game (2005-current)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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