Tatsumi Yoshihiro: a pioneer of gekiga before it became manga

As pervasive as manga is today, it's hard to imagine this particular type of Japanese comics isn't the only kind. Whereas "Manga" might be translated as "whimsical pictures", gekiga, — the kind of Japanese comics that recently deceased Tatsumi Yoshihori (June 10, 1935 - March 7, 2015) has pioneered since 1957 — translates to "dramatic pictures", implying a far more serious nature.

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February 26

Otomo Katsuhiro: Akira’s creator

Otomo Katsuhiro is most well known for creating Akira, the 2000-pages long manga, whose anime film adaptation Otomo was allowed to direct himself. Akira consequently became the most iconic manga AND anime ever.