Akatsuka Fujio 赤塚不二夫

[born: 14 Sep 1935 ; bloodtype: ?]

The "King of Gag Comics". He was born in Manchuria, China, , but moved back to Japan with his mother after World War II. After graduating, Akatsuka got a job in a chemical company, which he hated. At the same time, he sent some of his manga to magazines until his 'Arashio Koete', was first published in 1955 in the magazine Manga Shoen. He gave up his day job and started to work under Tezuka as a resident of the Tokiwasou apartment building where he was the roommate of Ishinomori Shoutarou.

His humorous style and many anti-heroic comic characters have transformed the field of manga.

Taking his love of Japanese pun, wordplay and verbal sparring to its logical conclusion, Akatsuka has recently studied to become a rakugo, a theatrical storyteller of Edo-period humorous talks. He has shunned orthodox medical treatment for cancer, and refuses to give up the booze and fags, instead supplementing his diet with traditionally prepared vegetable drinks.

See also:

Tensai Bakabon [Genius Idiot]
serialized on Shounen Magazine,
republished by Takeshobou,
bunko 21 volumes @ Y580
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No Synopsis.
APG:(TV)710925-720624Heisei Tensai Bakabon
APG:(TV)751006-770926Gansou Tensai Bakabon
APG:(TV)(46)900106-901227(Studio Pierrot)Heisei Tensai Bakabon
APG:(TV)991019-000321(Studio Pierrot)Rerere no Tensai Bakabon

Tensai Bakabon no Oyaji
published by Akebono,
bunko 3 volumes @ Y280
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No Synopsis.

Osomatsukun [The Young Sextuplets]
republished by Takeshobou,
bunko 7 volumes @ Y580
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No Synopsis.
APG:(TV)(60)660205-670325(Studio Zero)
APG:(TV)(86)880213-891223(Studio Pierrot)

Himitsu no Akko-chan [Secret Akko]
serialized on Ribon Mascot, 1962-65
published by Mushi,
3 volumes @ Y240
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3 volumes @ Y1600
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Kagami Atsuko (nicknamed Akko-chan) receives a magical mirror from a mirror-fairy. By saying a spell to the compact, she can transform into anything or anyone she wants. Merchandising of this compact mirror was very successful.
It's the first magical girl in manga, even prior to Yokoyama's "Mahoutsukai Sally" (Sally, the Witch). The anime TV series on the other hand was aired after "Mahoutsukai Sally". {DHI}

Akatsuka has said that he was inspired by the live action movie "Bewitched".

APG:(TV)(92)690106-701026(Toei Animation)
APG:(TV)(61)881009-891224(Toei Animation)
APG:(TV)(44)980405-990228(Toei Animation)







Wanpaku Tenshi
serialized on Princess,
1 volume @ Y390
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No Synopsis.

Kusobabaa!! [Damn old bag!!]
published by Akebono,
bunko 1 volume @ Y280
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No Synopsis.

published by Mushi,
1 volume @ Y240
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bunko 1 volume @ Y280
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No Synopsis.

Makasete Chouta
published by Akebono,
bunko 2 volumes @ Y300
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No Synopsis.

Tateshi no Kensaku
written by Gyuu Jirou
serialized on Shounen Magazine,
1 volume @ Y?
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A young apprentice carpenter gets involved in a competition with another carpenter.

Henna ko chan
serialized on Emerald Comics,
1 volume @ Y?
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No Synopsis.

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