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Kei Kusunoki May 26, 2009

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Kei Kusunoki (楠 桂, Kusunoki Kei, born March 24, 1966), real name Mayumi Ōhashi (大橋真弓, Ōhashi Mayumi), is a Japanese manga artist best known for her horror and comedy manga series. She debuted in 1982 in Ribon Original with Nanika ga Kanojo Tōri Tsuita?. Her twin-sister Kaoru Ōhashi also works as a manga artist. Their styles are quite similar.


Kusunoki focused most of her career on anime production. Just recently she returned to manga, drawing Bitter Virgin. Most of her works have not been officially translated and published in English.

* Yagami-kun’s Family Affairs (1986)
* Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma (1989)
* Ogre Slayer (1994)
* Dokkan Love (unknown)
* Donmai Princess (2000)
* D no Fuuin (2000)
* Girls Saurus DX (2003-2008)
* 100 Ways of an Exorcist (2005-ongoing)
* Bitter Virgin (2006-2008)
* Diabolo (manga) (2005)
* Innocent W (2006-ongoing)
* Sengoku Nights (2006)
* Vampire (manga) (or Kessaku Tanpenshuu Vampire)
* Koi Tomurai


Mochiru Hoshisato May 26, 2009

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Mochiru Hoshisato (星里もちる, Hoshisato Mochiru, born January 1, 1961) is a Japanese manga artist. His simple drawing style reflects the gentle nature of his often romantic tales of modern young Japanese salary-men. While Living Game has been favorably compared to Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku, Hoshisato’s Yume-ka mo Shinnai and Honki no Shirushi contain fewer superfluous side-plots than Living Game, but may be just too depressing for some readers to enjoy.


Listed chronologically, with the oldest at the top.


The Danger Is Walking (危険がウォーキング, Kiken ga Uōkingu)
1986-1989, Tokuma Shoten, 4 volumes, originally published in Petit Apple Pie anthology.
About a girl who “sweats” nitroglycerin, and therefore must constantly be eating and drinking things to cool her down.
Strained Spouse Rumble (いきばた主夫ランブル, Ikibata Shufu Ranburu)
1989, Tokuma Shotem, 1 volume.
Cocktail – Ponytail (かくてる・ポニーテール, Kakuteru Ponītēru)
1990, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Wazuka Is Right Before You (わずかいっちょまえ, Wazu ka Iccho Mae)
1991, Tokuma Shoten, 1 volume.
Only Half (ハーフな分だけ, Hāfu na Bundake)
1991, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
A couple is drawn together despite mutual dislike.
Living Game
1991-1993, Shogakukan, 10 volumes.
A salaryman’s apartment is turned into temporary office following a disaster at the new office.
Let’s Get Married (結婚しようよ, Kekkon Shiyō yo)
1994-1995, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
A marriage agency composed of marryable people.
It Might Be a Dream (夢かもしんない, Yume Kamoshinnai)
1996-1997, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
Rice Omelet (オムライス, Omuraisu)
1998-2000, Shogakukan, 5 volumes.
The Mark of Truth (本気のしるし, Honki no Shirushi)
2000-2003, Shogakukan, 6 volumes.
Need and obligations trump complacency.
Worried Yome-san (気になるヨメさん, Ki ni Naru Yome-san)
2002, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.
Luna Heights (ルナハイツ, Runa Haitsu)
2003-2004, Shogakukan, 4 volumes.
More salaryman apartment social complications.
Monster House (怪獣の家, Kaijū no Ie)
2004-2005, Shogakukan, 2 volumes.

Manga essay

Mochi Is a Mochi Seller (モチはモチ屋, Mochi wa Mochiya)
(2000, Mainichi Communications, 1 volume)


Romancia (ロマンシア, Romanshia)
(1987-08-01, JICC Shuppankyoku, 1 volume)


1. ^ “星里もちる先生とは”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru.htm#profile. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
2. ^ Van Huffel, Peter (2004-01-17). “Hoshisato Mochiru 星里もちる”. http://users.skynet.be/mangaguide/au450.html. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
3. ^ “星里もちる先生作品データベース”. http://homepage1.nifty.com/nagoyan/mochiru/mochiru_sakuhin.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.
4. ^ “Hoshisato Mochiru Bibliography”. http://www.geocities.com/livinggame/LivingGame/bliblio.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.

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


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)

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