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TATSUMI Yoshihiro  [Edit]
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Birth Date
June 10, 1935
Last Updated
May 11th, 10:47pm PST
Tatsumi Yoshihiro, a significant figure in the history of postwar manga, is now also a name increasingly known in Europe and North America. Over the past few years, collections of his work from the late 60s and early 70s have been published in Spain, France, and Poland, and by Montreal's Drawn & Quarterly. AS his work of that period suggests, Tatsumi belongs to a generation of Japanese authors who cut their teeth in the hardscrabble 50s and whose vision of Japan remained, even well into the golden 60s, one of poverty and impotence. Tatsumi is credited with coining the term gekiga ("dramatic pictures") in 1957. Under that name, he helped nurture a genre of noir-ish manga that -- with its commitment to greater psychological depth and the plight of the underclass -- was pitted against the perceived frivoloties of mainstream children's publications. In 2008, Tatsumi published an autobiography in manga form, titled A Drifting Life (Gekiga hyoryu). It received the 2009 Tezuka Manga Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in the field.

Was a member of "Gekiga Kōbō".

Passed away March 7th, 2015 at the age of 79.
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Seinen(11)  Drama(6)  Slice of Life(6)  Historical(4)  Mature(3)  Psychological(3)  Comedy(2)  Mystery(2)  Action(1)  Adult(1)  Horror(1)  Romance(1)  School Life(1)  Supernatural(1)  Tragedy(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Ax - Alternative Manga   Adult, Comedy, Historical, Horror, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life   2010
Daihakken   Seinen   2002
Fallen Words   Comedy, Historical, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural   2009
Gekiga Hyouryuu   Drama, Historical, Seinen, Slice of Life   2008
Good-bye (TATSUMI Yoshihiro)   Historical, Mature, Seinen, Slice of Life, Tragedy   1973
Kage Series   Action, Mystery, Seinen   1956
Kawaita Kisetsu   Seinen   1990
Kuroi Fubuki   Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen   1956
Push Man   Drama, Mature, Seinen, Slice of Life   1969
Tatsumi   Drama, Seinen   --
Tatsumi Yoshihiro Kessakusen   Drama, Seinen   2014
Toukyou Ubasuteyama   Drama, Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Slice of Life   1970
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