Hisashi Sakaguchi

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Hisashi Sakaguchi ( Japanese 坂 口 尚 , Sakaguchi Hisashi ; * May 5, 1946 in Saitama Prefecture , Japan ; † December 22, 1995 ) was a Japanese manga artist and animation director.

At the age of seventeen in the early 1960s, Sakaguchi dropped out of school and joined the animation studio Mushi Productions, run by Osamu Tezuka . In his role as an animator , he has been involved in anime like Astro Boy , Kimba, the White Lion and Ribon no Kishi . In the 1970s he directed the series Dame Oyaji (1974) and the film 100 man nen no Tabi - Bander Book (1978), among others .

From 1969 he neglected his work on anime to devote himself to drawing comics. He published his first manga in Tezuka's independent COM magazine with Osaraba Shiro! ( お さ ら ば し ろ! ). He then drew some manga series and short stories for various manga magazines such as Manga Ō , Kibō no Tomo and Lyrica . For Kibō no Tomo , which had since been renamed Comic Tom , he created the series 12 iro Monogatari ( 12 色 物語 ) from 1980 to 1982 . However, Sakaguchi only became known as a comic artist with the 1400-page manga Ishi no Hana (石 の 花). The story, which was set in a small Slovenian village in 1939, was initially published in six books and later also in five hardcover associations by a renowned literary publisher. From 1989 to 1991 his science fiction manga version ( バ ー ジ ョ ン , Bāshon ) appeared in the comic Tom .

For the Afternoon magazine he worked from 1993 on one of his most famous works, Akkanbe Ikkyū ( あ っ か ん べ ェ 一 休 ). The Zen master Ikkyū (1394–1481) is the protagonist of this 1200-page comic series . Akkanbe Ikkyū ended in 1995 with the death of Sakaguchi. He died of heart failure at the age of 49. Posthumously he was awarded the Prize of the Association of Japanese Cartoonists for Akkanbe Ikkyū .

His work has been translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and German. Parts 1 - 3 of Version have been published in German by Tilsner Verlag since 1994 , a German-language publication by Akkanbe Ikkyū has been published as Ikkyu by Carlsen Verlag since November 2008 .

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