banner_jpg
Username/Email: Password:
Mangaka
MIZUKI Shigeru    [Edit]
Image

Associated Names
Mizuki Pro
Mizuki Production
Mizuki Productions
Mizuki Puro
Shigeru Mizuki
Мидзуки Сигэру
水木プロ
水木プロダクション
미즈키 시게루

Name (in native language)
水木しげる

Birth Place
Sakaiminato, Tottori, Japan

Birth Date
March 8, 1922

Zodiac
Pisces

Last Updated
December 11th, 7:26pm PST

Comments
Shigeru Mizuki was a Japanese mangaka, specialized in the Japanese horror genre yōkai and World War II themes. He was born Shigeru Mura in Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture, the basis for his career was layed during his childhood, when he picked up drawing and listened to local ghost stories. He studied fine arts in Musashino and was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. He served in Papua New Guinea, where he lost his left arm. Back in Japan, he worked as a movie operator until making his debut as a cartoonist in 1956.

He assumed the name Mizuki while managing an inn called Mizuki Manor. During this period, he also made pictures for picture story shows. Ever since his earliest works, such as 'Rocketman' (1957), Mizuki's stories were based on military and mythological themes. He also wrote several books on these subjects, as well as a manga biography about Adolf Hitler.

He gained most fame for his horror manga 'Gegege no Kitaro', or 'Hakaba no Kitaro' (Ghost Family), that drew inspiration from folklore creatures known as yōkai. This series about a little ghost appeared from 1965 to 1969 in Shônen Magazine, and has been turned into a new anime series every decade since 1968. Other 1960s serials include 'Kappa no Sanpei' and 'Akuma-kun' that were published in rental-library books and paper theatres, and have both also been turned into anime series. His most famous creation is 'Hakaba no Kitarô', or 'Ghost Family'.

He is also known for his World War II memoirs, such as his short work about the atrocities commited by the Japanese army titled 'War and Japan' for the educational magazine The Sixth Grader in 1991. A road was named in his honor in the Rabaul township in Papus New Guinea's East New Britain province, where he befriended the local Tolai tribespeople while a prisoner of war.

Shigeru Mizuki resided in Tokyo. He was largely responsible for keeping the yōkai tradition alive in Japan, and has won just about every award a mangaka or Japanese citizen can win and has been named to the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology. He won the Seiun Award for Best Artist in 1998.

He passed away on 30 November 2015, at the age of 93, due to heart attack.

Among his assistants at Mizuki Pro there were IKEGAMI Ryoichi, TSUGE Yoshiharu, SUZUKI Oji, MORINO Tatsuya, FURUKAWA Masuzou, TATSUMI Yoshihiro, NACHI Misako, TSURITA Kuniko, KITAGAWA Kazuyoshi, SASAOKA Kenji, HASHIMOTO Tasuku, TSUCHIYA Shingo, MURASAWA Masao, ISHIGURO Mikage, ITOU Masaki & KURE Tomofusa.

Blood Type
A

Gender
Male

Genres
Seinen(38)  Horror(26)  Supernatural(13)  Historical(12)  Comedy(8)  Drama(8)  Fantasy(6)  Adventure(5)  Shounen(5)  Psychological(4)  Action(3)  Mature(3)  Slice of Life(3)  Tragedy(3)  Sci-fi(2)  Romance(1)  Mystery(1) 

Official Website

Twitter

Facebook

Series Title (Click for series info)
Genre
Action, Comedy, Historical, Seinen
2015
Drama, Historical, Seinen
2007
Seinen
1963
Horror, Seinen, Supernatural
1971
Horror, Seinen, Supernatural
1987
Seinen
2001
Seinen
1981
Drama, Historical, Psychological, Seinen, Tragedy
1988
Comedy
2010
Horror, Seinen, Supernatural
1977
Seinen
2010
Seinen
2011
Horror, Supernatural
2019
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Shounen, Supernatural
1961
Horror, Seinen, Supernatural
1995
Fantasy, Shounen
2008
Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
2007
Comedy, Horror
2010
Horror, Seinen
1971
Horror, Supernatural
1960
Historical, Psychological, Seinen, Tragedy
1971
Seinen
1981
Seinen
1976
Horror, Seinen
1967
Horror
2011
Adventure, Comedy, Seinen, Supernatural
1961
2008
Seinen, Slice of Life
2010
Horror, Seinen
2010
Horror
1981
Horror
1977
1980
Horror, Seinen, Supernatural
1969
Seinen
2002
Horror, Seinen, Supernatural
1970
Historical
1995
1981
1981
Horror
1979
2013
Horror, Shounen
2008
Fantasy, Mystery, Seinen
2015
Shounen
2012
2010
2011
Seinen, Supernatural
2008
Fantasy
1997
1966
Horror, Seinen
1966
1971
1966
Drama, Historical, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
1992
Horror
1979
Horror
1981
1971
Horror, Seinen
1971
Seinen
1980
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
2000
1986
Horror, Seinen
1967
Historical, Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Tragedy
1973
1993
Horror
1977
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Seinen, Supernatural
2014
Historical, Seinen
2002
Action, Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen
1989
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen
1984
Historical, Horror, Seinen
1997
Comedy, Sci-fi
1966
Historical, Seinen, Slice of Life
2013
1971
Horror, Seinen
1978
Note: You must be logged in to update information on this page.