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TOUYOU Kataoka  [Edit]
Associated Names
Toyo Kataoka
Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
Birth Date
June 16, 1958
Last Updated
November 28th, 3:35am PST
Toyo Kataoka means "Katoka of the Eastern Sun." In his manga, however, Japan typically rises late, hungover, and homeless. Since his first appearance in Garo in the early 90s, his manga have been exclusively about the vanishing urban shitamachi (lower city) with its squalid timber structures and plucky poor. Though ostensibly set in the present, his is a world redolent of early postwar hardships. His drawing style is analogous. Panels are both packed and packed in, a warren of hatch marks and texture strokes with little open space. All is hand-drawn, down even to fields of middle tone, and (rare in manga), the lettering. For his detailed handicraft, Kataoka has been likened to a tatami maker with his numberless small stitches of straw. Three different films have been made of his work and he is an occasional guest on television programs dealing with the popular and folk arts.
Blood Type
Seinen(3)  Adult(1)  Comedy(1)  Historical(1)  Horror(1)  Psychological(1)  Romance(1)  School Life(1)  Slice of Life(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
Como Esta Usura Baka   Seinen   2012
Danboru Teikoku no Tenshitachi     2000
Hodoyoi Otokotachi no Ballad     2009
Jukujo Hotetoru Shibire Tabi   Seinen   2011
Let's Go!! O-Snack   Seinen   2010
Omisoji no Machi     2002
Shiawase no Lemon Sour     2011
Suteteko Koushinkyoku     2009
Touyou Kataoka Aishuu Gekijou     2002
Usu Baka Fuuzoku-den     2006
Usubaka Nirinden     2003
Usubaka Shouwa Blues     2008
Yarakai Manga     1996
Yasagure Bonnou Blues     2008
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