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Influential Manga Humorist Fujio Akatsuka (1935 - 2008)

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Manga luminary Fujio Akatsuka passed away of pneumonia on August 2nd at age 72. The artist, known as the "gag assassin", was diagnosed esophageal cancer in 1998 and later suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2002. In addition to his seminal gag manga work, such as Tensai Bakabon (Genius Bakabon) and Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and MAD magazine inspired Osomatsu-kun, Akatsuka's Himitsu no Akko-chan (Akko-chan's Secret) is considered on the first "magical girl" manga series, in which a young girl secretly transforms into an alternate identity to solve problems. Akatsuka also contributed to the live action Lupin III adaptation, Strange Psycho-Kinetic Strategy. He co-wrote Hoshi No Orpheus, also known as Winds Of Change during Sanrio Films' attempt to market films to Hollywood. In 1964, Akatsuka was recognized with the "Shogakukan Manga Award" for Osomatsu-kun, and in 1997 he received the Literary Giant Award for Japan Cartoonists Association. Through this decade, the earning from his creations placed Akatsuka among names like Inu-Yasha creator Rumiko Takahashi and Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto in Japan's "The 10 Highest Taxed Manga-ka" report. Other obituaries on note can be read on Big Cartoon Forum Anime News Network Metropolis Gonzo's "moving comic strip" adapation of Akatsuka's Hennako-Chan or "Weird Girl" can be viewed on their YouTube Channel
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  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    As always ...

    by Shan

    ... we are that much worse off in the field of entertainment when someone who contributes in any way dies.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Prof_Ender

    I know most AICN'ers are close-minded to the anime/manga world. But it's always sad when a cartoonist dies.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    sad to hear..

    by couP

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Most AICNs probably LOVE anime and manga...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    They're just too snobbish to admit it. These guys, after all, have slap fights over the finer details of Battle of the Planets and "Flames on Optimus."

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by hulkbuster


  • Aug. 4, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Nice bio. RIP Akatsu-kun

    by Speed Fricassee

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    an obit for a guy who draws tentacle sex

    by ArcadianDS

    but the site passes on the death of the motivational "Last Lecture" professor last week, who among is many realized dreams, managed to get himself cast as an extra in the upcoming Trek movie.<p> way to fall down stupid, AICN.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I keep waiting for Sluggo to show up.

    by Clumzor

    The main character does look quite a bit like a sort of alternate universe Nancy.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by veritasses

    Bakabon was awesome.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    They've mentioned Randy Pausch before

    by eggart

    I beleive. But he's not really something you would expect them to mention much on here.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    lovely artwork

    by ironic_name