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Katsu! May 7, 2009

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Katsu! (カツ) is a sports manga by Mitsuru Adachi which was serialized in the manga magazine Shōnen Sunday from 2001 to 2005. It centers around a freshman student, Katsuki Satoyama, as he discovers his near-legendary skill in boxing.

Plot

Katsuki Satoyama and his best friend Kyōta Kawakami, both age 15, enroll in Mizutani Boxing Gym to get close to their tomboyish crush, Katsuki Mizutani, whose father owns it. However, Satoyama soon finds out that she is distant from her father. Worse, it turns out that she hates boxing.

In a sparring match, everyone soon discovers Satoyama’s hidden, yet unpolished, skill in boxing. Satoyama soon learns that Mizutani is really in love with boxing, but disdains it because it’s a man’s sport in which she cannot participate. Mizutani then takes it upon herself to be Satoyama’s trainer and manager in order to reach the championship belt. Satoyama complies to be closer to his crush.

As the story progresses, we soon find out that Satoyama has a hidden past and lineage, one which could give him the necessary skill and talent to be a legendary professional boxing champion.

Characters

Katsuki Satoyama (里山 活樹 ,Satoyama Katsuki)
The male protagonist of the story, Katsuki is a junior at Kōyō High School where he excels at Classical Chinese. His mother died five years before the story begins. He and his friend Kyōta join Mizutani Boxing Gym with the ulterior motive of getting closer to Katsuki Mizutani, whose father owns the gym. He is very good at dodging due to his sister loving to throw things at him when she was little. While he initially believes he he is a bantamweight, it turns out his scales at home are off by a three kilograms, and he is actually a featherweight.

His real father, Ryūsuke Akamatsu, and his adoptive father who raised him, Hachigorō Satoyama, have two completely different boxing styles, and Katsuki has inherited traits of each style, incorporating them into his own unique style.

Katsuki won both the inter-high school championships and the National Sports Festival championship titles twice each, as well as the overall high school championship once, for a total of five titles. He has also sparred twice with Katsuki Mizutani and once with Shūsaku Nikaidō (who is in a different weight class. He has never faced Shin’ichi Misaki in a regular match.

After failing the entrance exam to enter college, he obtained his professional boxing license.

Katsuki Mizutani (水谷 香月 ,Mizutani Katsuki)
The female protagonist of the story and a classmate of Katsuki Satoyama. She has a very strong personality and has single-handedly taken down groups of bullies and hoodlums multiple times, especially when she was younger and protecting Shin’ichi Misaki from them.

Kyōta Kawakami (川上 京太 ,Kawakami Kyōta)

Hachigorō Satoyama (里山 八五郎 ,Satoyama Hachigorō)

Yukio Ōshima (大島 由紀夫 ,Ōshima Yukio)

My Rating: Story 8, artwork 8

Miyuki April 23, 2009

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Miyuki (みゆき) is a romantic comedy manga series by Mitsuru Adachi. It was published by Shogakukan from 1980 to 1984 in the biweekly manga magazine Shōnen Big Comic (precursor to the current Weekly Young Sunday).The series was adapted into a movie, an anime television series, and a live-action television drama. It was very popular in Japan and was one of the winners of the 1982 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen or shōjo manga, along with Adachi’s Touch.

Miyuki was Adachi’s first manga adapted as anime. The 37-episode anime series was broadcast from 1983-03-31 until 1984-04-20 on the Fuji Television network. The movie version was released on 1983-09-16.The television drama, produced by Fuji TV and Kyodo Television (a television production house), aired on 1986-08-04.

Storyline

Masato Wakamatsu, 16 years old, is working at the beach one summer. Having made a bad impression on his classmate/crush Miyuki Kashima, he makes a pass at another pretty girl. To Masato’s shock, the girl turns out to be his younger stepsister Miyuki (15), who has been living abroad with their father for the past six years.

As school progresses, Masato starts dating Miyuki Kashima. He and his sister Miyuki are living alone together, and he is troubled by his conflicting emotions: filial and romantic feelings toward a sister who may or may not know she is not related to him by blood.

Characters

Masato Wakamatsu (若松 真人 ,Wakamatsu Masato)
An average high school student (later a rōnin for a year, then a college student). His mother died when he was young, and his step-mother also died when he was young, and he still misses both of them. Masato really likes the Miyuki Kashima, the most popular girl in class, but keeps messing up whenever he tries to talk to her or ask her out on a date. Just before high school begins, his younger sister (also named “Miyuki”) returns from living overseas with their father (Miyuki’s step-father) for six years, and they now live alone in the same house. This Miyuki is the daughter of his step-mother, and there is no blood relation between them.
This causes some problems as Masato is torn between his growing feelings for his step-sister (who doesn’t seem to know they aren’t related by blood, and insists on having a normal brother-sister relationship while constantly speculating on “if we got married…”) and his very obvious feelings for his classmate Miyuki. As a result of living with his sister, he is constantly seeing women’s underwear and finding them in his pants pockets, leading to embarrassing situations with his classmate Miyuki.
Partway through the series, Masato is the second of two people to come down with the mysterious “Miyuki Illness” (みゆき病 ,Miyuki-byō?), caused by going an extended period without seeing his sister Miyuki.

Miyuki Wakamatsu (若松 みゆき ,Wakamatsu Miyuki)
Masato’s younger step-sister, unrelated by blood. Her birthday is 1966-02-09.[7] She has short wavy hair, though it becomes a little longer as the series progresses (a little past shoulder length at the end of the series). Despite being younger, she gets much better grades than Masato, and she excels in athletic events. She is extremely popular among the boys at school. She has a very bright and cheerful personality. Even though Miyuki tries to brush off those actively courting her, they end up causing more headaches for Masato than Miyuki does. As her brother, Masato tries to protect Miyuki from these encroaching “wild beasts”, though this protectiveness slowly becomes indistinguishable from jealousy. Miyuki also begins seeing her brother’s girlfriend, Miyuki Kashima, as a rival.

Miyuki Kashima (鹿島 みゆき ,Kashima Miyuki)
In the same class and homeroom as Masato all during high school, this Miyuki is Masato’s girlfriend for most of the series. She has long hair and is extremely popular among the boys in the school. She has the same birthday as Miyuki Wakamatsu, though she is one year older. She has had a crush on Masato since junior high school. She is extremely proactive in their relationship, regularly asking him to come to parties and over to her house even before they started regularly dating. Miyuki is a very kind and humble person. However, she can be forceful as well, and the beginning of her relationship with Masato is punctuated by her frequently slapping him due to one misunderstanding or another due to her becoming angry. She always apologizes to Masato afterward, however, asking him to forgive her for getting angry so easily.
She is an excellent student, cook, and seamstress. In order to go to the same university as Masato (and be in the same year), she purposely missed the application deadline despite having passed the entrance exam without any trouble. She subsequently attended the same cram school just to be with him. After overhearing the Wakamatsu sibling’s secret (that they aren’t related by blood) at the pre-wedding dinner reception for Yūichi Sawada and Miyuki Wakamatsu, she runs away and goes on a trip to Hokkaidō in order to sort out her feelings. While there, she runs into Yūichi, who is traveling there after breaking up with the other Miyuki.

Ryūichi Masaki (間崎 竜一 ,Masaki Ryūichi)
Ryūichi was in same year as Masato, but he purposely failed his high school entrance exams in order to be in the same year as Masato’s sister Miyuki. He is actually a year older than Masato, but it is not explained why he was held back the first time. After graduating from high school, he was able to pass his college entrance exams the first time. He fell in love with Miyuki Wakamatsu at first sight, and is constantly telling her how they will be able to go on school trips together, graduate together, go to class reunions together, and get married together. He is very proactive in his pursuit of Miyuki, which tends to annoy Masato.
Because he’s something of a delinquent, he frequently does poorly on tests, which causes a lack of sympathy from his friends and acquaintances. He also frequently tricks his friends into working part time jobs during the summer. He is very strong, which helps him to win the frequent fights he has. He rarely wears a helmet while riding his motorcycle (even when giving rides to Miyuki Wakamatsu), though he does have a helmet. His family owns the “Kissaten Dragon”, a coffee shop, where he frequently works part time. Ryūichi is the first to come down with the mysterious “Miyuki Illness”.

Torao Nakata (中田 虎夫 ,Nakata Torao)
The bachelor P.E. teacher at Miyuki Wakamatsu’s junior high school. He transfers to Miyuki’s high school as the P.E. teacher when she graduates junior high in order to near her. He considers Ryūichi to be his rival for the affections of Miyuki Wakamatsu, and a stylized Chinese dragon (representing Ryūichi) and tiger (representing Torao) fighting is frequently employed when the two meet. He is about 20 years older than Miyuki. His mother is constantly trying to set up omiai, or marriage meetings, with potential brides, but Torao doesn’t want to be with anyone other than Miyuki Wakamatsu. He was briefly engaged to another woman named Miyuki, but the marriage was called off after Torao got drunk and was mouthing off in a bar while sitting next to that Miyuki’s father. At the end of the series, he finally consents to go along with his mother’s omiai planning.

Yasujirō Kashima (鹿島 安次郎 ,Kashima Yasujirō)
Miyuki Kashima’s father. He is a detective with the local police department. He has a predilection for pretty young girls. After meeting Miyuki Wakamatsu during the New Year visit to the local shrine, he begins pursuing her and frequently invites her out for coffee. He frequently abuses his authority as a police detective in order to get closes to Miyuki. In return, Miyuki frequently abuses his kindness in order to get free rides to the grocery store and other locations to which she needs to go. This really annoys Masato, who is always calling him a “dirty old man” for chasing after his sister.

Kenji Kōsaka (香坂 健二 ,Kōsaka Kenji)
Kenji is in the same year as Masato who is good at sports and does well academically, a teacher’s dream student. He is good looking and has a large fan base among the girls in the school, though he spends his time pursuing the affections of Miyuki Kashima. He had the starring role in a school play opposite Miyuki Kashima, but was injured in an accident and couldn’t play the part. His understudy, Masato, was then put into the role, which included a kissing scene with Miyuki. When he found out that Miyuki had deliberately missed the filing deadline for applications to the university, Kenji also “forgot” to file his paperwork so he could attend the same cram school. He’s one of three pursuing the affections of Miyuki Kashima.

Yūichi Sawada (沢田 優一 ,Sawada Yūichi)
An old friend of the Wakamatsu family, Yūichi used to play with Masato all the time when they were younger. He was Masato’s next-door neighbor until his high school years, at which point his parents moved to West Germany. He’s a university student, and an excellent soccer player. In the second half of the series, he suddenly returned to Japan in order to play on the national team during the Olympics. After returning, he stays at the Wakamatsu home for a short time while looking for his own apartment. After he moves out, he begins pursuing Miyuki Wakamatsu, and even asks Masato if it’s okay for him to do so. This causes Masato to really consider what his true feelings are for his step-sister. At the end of the series, Yūichi runs into Miyuki Kashima as she’s travelling in Hokkaidō and trying to sort her own feelings.

Yoshio Muraki (村木 好夫 ,Muraki Yoshio)
Yoshio is in the same year as Masato, has similar grades and similar ecchi tastes, and can be found almost anywhere Masato goes. He almost always appears when Masato and Miyuki Kashima are having or planning an important moment together, and he tries to include himself in their plans. He is constantly asking Masato how someone like Miyuki could possibly fall in love with someone like him. Yoshio has a younger sister, though he rarely talks about her and doesn’t think much of her (at least not that he’ll admit to). He did not attend Yūichi Sawada’s and Miyuki Wakamatsu’s pre-wedding banquet reception.

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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)

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