Shinji Nagashima

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Shinji Nagashima ( Japanese 永島 慎 二 , Nagashima Shinji , actually: Shin'ichi Nagashima ( 永島 真 一 , Nagashima Shin'ichi ); * July 8, 1937 in Tokyo Prefecture ; † June 10, 2005 ibid) was a Japanese Mangaka (comic artist ).


Nagashima dropped out of school at the age of 15 to work as a manga artist. Inspired by Osamu Tezuka and Tetsuo Ogawa , his debut work Sansho no Piri-chan appeared in 1952. In the following years he drew, like Tetsuya Chiba and Leiji Matsumoto , mainly manga for girls ( shōjo ) and children. However, he only had his breakthrough in 1961 with Mangaka Zankoku Monogatari . This manga was designed autobiographically and described Nagashima's experiences as a mangaka. In the 1960s and 1970s, he published several works in the alternative magazines COM and Garo . Especially during this time he had a great influence on other manga artists and created many successful works such as Futen and Tabibito-kun .

In 1964 he joined Osamu Tezuka's anime production studio Mushi Productions , where he worked on the anime series Wansa-kun and a film about Kimba, the white lion .

He died of heart failure in a Tokyo hospital in 2005 at the age of 67 .

Works (selection)

  • Sansho no Piri-chan (1952)
  • Mangaka Zankoku Monogatari (1961)
  • Futen (1967-1970)
  • Judo Chokusen (1967–1971)
  • Hana Ichimonme
  • Tabibito-kun (1973-1975)
  • Manga no Obentoubako
  • Sonoba Shinogi no Hanzai (1975–1978)


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