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TSURUTA Kenji  [Edit]
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Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Kanagawa, Japan
Birth Date
May 9, 1961
Last Updated
September 27th, 10:27am PST
During his formative years in university as a student of optical science, Tsuruta, who had initially wanted to be a photographer, had been inspired by the works of numerous science fiction authors, such as Robert A. Heinlein, and manga artists, such as Yukinobu Hoshino and his manga Saber Tiger, which had inspired him to create manga. He has also cited Tetsuya Chiba and his manga among his inspirations.

Soon after graduating, he wrote numerous dōjinshi and was an assistant to numerous manga artists, prior to making his debut as a professional manga artist. In 1986, Tsuruta made his professional debut, authoring his first manga series, the short work, Hiroku te suteki na uchū ja nai ka (広くてすてきな宇宙じゃないか?, a.k.a. What a Big Wonderful Universe It Is), which was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Morning seinen magazine, set in a world where the land was sinking into water. Tsuruta has cited that the inspiration to this debut work of his came during a train journey from Tokyo to the ocean at Odawara, during which he had seen numerous rice paddies and thought of the possibility of a train line passing through the ocean, after which he wanted to create a work where he could use this image.

Soon after, Tsuruta authored Spirit of Wonder, among his most famous works, in which he applied many of his inspirations, which was serialized in Kodansha's seinen magazines Weekly Morning and Afternoon between 1987 and 1996, and was later adapted into an anime series.

After Spirit of Wonder, Tsuruta wrote short manga works, and also illustrated numerous art books, which were quite successful. In 2002, he provided the character designs for the anime series Abenobashi Mahō Shōtengai and also authored its manga adaptation.

In 2000, 2001 and 2013, Tsuruta received the 31st, 32nd and 44th Seiun Awards for outstanding artist of the year. He has also received the Hayakawa Award for best illustrator, in 2000.
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Seinen(9)  Drama(8)  Slice of Life(6)  Sci-fi(5)  Ecchi(4)  Mature(4)  Action(3)  Adventure(3)  Historical(3)  Mystery(3)  Supernatural(3)  Adult(2)  Comedy(2)  Fantasy(2)  Romance(2)  Psychological(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai - Abeno Machi ni Inori wo Komete   Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Mature, Romance, Seinen   2002
Bouken Erekitetou   Adventure, Ecchi, Mystery, Seinen, Slice of Life   2010
Brave Story (Novel)   Action, Adventure, Fantasy   2006
Forget-me-not   Ecchi, Mystery, Seinen, Slice of Life   1997
Komatsu Sakyou ni Sasagu - Tribute Nippon Chinbotsu   Action, Adult, Drama, Mature, Sci-fi, Seinen   2011
La Pomme Prisonniere   Adult, Slice of Life, Supernatural   2011
Nippon Furusato Chinbotsu   Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mature, Sci-fi, Seinen   2006
Omoide Emanon   Drama, Historical, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural   2008
Sasurai Emanon   Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural   2012
SF Meibutsu   Drama, Sci-fi, Seinen, Slice of Life   1997
Spirit of Wonder   Drama, Ecchi, Historical, Sci-fi, Seinen   1986
The Sky Crawlers (Novel)   Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi   2001
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