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Naoki Urasawa


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Japan

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Award:

  • 1981 - Return,
  • 1982 - Shogakukan Manga Award (New Manga Artist),
  • 1990 - 35° Shogakukan Manga Award (for "Yawara!"),
  • 1997 - 1° Japan Media Arts Festival (Excellence Prize for "Monster"),
  • 1999 - 3° Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Grand Prize for "Monster"),
  • 2001 - 46° Shogakukan Manga Award (for "Monster"),
  • 2001 - Kodansha Manga Award (for "20th Century Boys"),
  • 2002 - 6° Japan Media Arts Festival (Excellence Prize for "20th Century Boys"),
  • 2003 - Shogakukan Manga Award (for "20th Century Boys"),
  • 2004 - Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême (Prize for a Series for "20th Century Boys"),
  • 2005 - 9° Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Grand Prize for "Pluto")

Added by: dedalus. Last edit by: scaccomarco.

Biography

Naoki Urasawa (Japanese: 浦沢 直樹, Hepburn: Urasawa Naoki, born January 2, 1960) is a Japanese manga artist and musician. He has been drawing manga since he was four years old, and for most of his career has created two series simultaneously. Urasawa has been called one of the artists that changed the history of manga and has won numerous awards, including the Shogakukan Manga Award three times, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize twice, and the Kodansha Manga Award once. By 2016, his various works had over 126 million copies in circulation. Urasawa's first major work was illustrating the action series Pineapple Army (1985–1988), which was written by Kazuya Kudo. The first serial that he wrote and illustrated himself, and his first major success, was the sports manga Yawara! (1986–1993). He then illustrated the adventure series Master Keaton (1988–1994), which was written by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki, and created the sports manga Happy! (1993–1999). The thriller Monster (1994–2001) was his first to receive international acclaim and success, which continued with the science fiction mystery 20th Century Boys (1999–2006). Following the acclaimed Pluto (2003–2009), which is a re-imagining of Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka, one of his biggest influences, he created the mystery series Billy Bat (2008–2016). After two short series, a sequel to Master Keaton and Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams, Urasawa began his currently ongoing Asadora! in 2018.

Artistic production

Comic Title Role Publisher Year Language
Master Keaton. 1 Author Media 2015 English
Monster. 6 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2015 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 5 Author Media 2010 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 6 Author Media 2010 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 3 Author Media 2010 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 4 Author Media 2010 English
Master Keaton. Volume 8 Author Media 2016 English
Master Keaton. 4 Author Media 2015 English
21st century boys Author Media 2012 English
Master Keaton. Volume 7 Author Media 2016 English
Monster. 1 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2014 English
Monster. 3 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2015 English
Naoki Urasawa's 20th century boys (VIZ Signature edition) Author Media 2009 English
Naoki Urasawa's 21st century boys. Vol. 2 Author Media 2013 English
Monster. 7 Author Media 2016 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 1 Author Media 2009 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 2 Author Media 2009 English
Master Keaton. 5 Author Media 2016 English
Master Keaton. Volume 11 Author Media 2017 English
Monster. 4 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2015 English
Monster. Vol. 8 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2016 English
Master Keaton. 6 Author Media 2016 English
Master Keaton. Volume 12 Author Media 2017 English
Master Keaton. Volume 10 Author Media 2017 English
Master Keaton. 2 Author Media 2015 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 7 Author Media 2010 English
Pluto Urasawa x Tezuka. Vol. 8 Author Media 2010 English
Master Keaton. Volume 9 Author Media 2017 English
Monster. 2 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2014 English
Monster. 5 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2015 English
Master Keaton. 3 Author Media 2015 English
Monster. Vol. 9 (Perfect edition) Author Media 2016 English
Pluto #1 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2009 Italian
Pluto #2 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Pluto #3 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2009 Italian
Pluto #4 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2009 Italian
Pluto #5 (ITA) prima ristampa Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Pluto #5 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Pluto #6 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Pluto #7 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Pluto #8 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Happy! (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2010 Italian
Billy Bat Illustrator Author Cover Artist Kodansha 2011 Japanese
20th Century Boys 2: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2014 French
20th Century Boys 3: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2014 French
20th Century Boys 4: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2014 French
20th Century Boys 5: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2015 French
20th Century Boys 6: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2015 French
20th Century Boys 7: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2015 French
20th Century Boys 8: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2015 French
20th Century Boys 9: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2015 French
20th Century Boys 10: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2015 French
20th Century Boys 11: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2016 French
21th Century Boys: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2016 French
20th Century Boys 1: Edition Deluxe Illustrator Panini Manga 2014 French
20th Century Boys #17 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2005 Italian
20th Century Boys #18 (ITA) Author Planet Manga (Panini Comics) 2005 Italian
Operation Eight: A Bouquet Of Flowers #8 Illustrator Viz Communications, Inc. 1989 English