The Info List - George Akiyama

George Akiyama
George Akiyama
(ジョージ秋山, Jōji Akiyama, born Yūji Akiyama (秋山 勇二), April 27, 1943 in Ashikaga, Tochigi
Ashikaga, Tochigi
Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist known for dealing with controversial and incendiary topics in many of his works.[1][2] He was born the second boy of five siblings. He has an older brother and older sister and younger brother and younger sister. His father is a Korean and was an artificial flower craftsman.


1 Biography 2 Notable works 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Akiyama quit high school and moved to Tokyo
to become a manga artist. After working briefly as a book wholesaler, he became an assistant for manga artist Kenji Morita.[3] He made his major debut in 1966 with the gag-manga Gaikotsu-kun, which was published in Bekkan Shōnen Magazine, and shocked readers in 1970 with Ashura, which contained numerous unsettling depictions of human life. The first chapter of Ashura contains a scene where a woman commits cannibalism to prevent herself from dying of starvation, and later attempts to eat her own child as well.[2] The August 2, 1970 edition of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, which first published this chapter, was banned in several regions as a result of this scene, propelling Akiyama to infamy within the manga industry. Akiyama continued his career with Kokuhaku (lit. "Confessions"), which began serialization in the 11th edition of Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Weekly Shōnen Sunday
in 1971. This manga took on an unprecedented format where Akiyama would make a confession each week (for instance, in one chapter he confesses that he is a murderer), only to admit that his confession was a lie in the following week's chapter.[3] After repeating this for the duration of the manga, Akiyama suddenly announced his retirement, cutting off all of the serializations he held on various magazines to embark on a solo journey across Japan. Akiyama came out of retirement only 3 months later with Bara no Sakamichi, which began serialization in the 34th edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1971. He started his longest work, Haguregumo, on Big Comic Original, which won him the Shogakukan
Award in 1979.[4] The series has yet to conclude after over 30 years of serialization, and has spanned over 80 volumes since its inception in 1973. The series was also adapted into an anime movie by Toei Animation
Toei Animation
in 1982. Hakuai no Hito and Sutegataki Hitobito, both serialized in the magazine Big Gold, marked Akiyama's transition towards employing more philosophical themes rather than the gag-based style he had used throughout his early career. Akiyama also participated in creating a manga version of the Bible, which was published by Gentosha in 2005. The same year, he also published An Introduction to China: A Study of Our Bothersome Neighbors (マンガ中国入門 やっかいな隣人の研究, Manga
Chūgoku Nyūmon: Yakkai na Rinjin no Kenkyū), a highly controversial manga which depicted the Chinese as being obsessed with cannibalism and prostitution, and denied that the Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
ever occurred.[1] The book went on to become a bestseller in Japan
despite its incendiary content. Notable works[edit]

Title Year Collected

Patman X (パットマンX, Pattoman X) 1967–1968 5 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha Recipient of the Kodansha
Jidō Manga

Derorinman (デロリンマン) 1969–1970 2 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shueisha The volumes were titled Ganso Derorinman (元祖デロリンマン) because they were released after the 1975 remake.

Horafuki Dondon (ほらふきドンドン) 1969–1970 5 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha

Ashura (アシュラ) 1970–1971 3 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha

Zeni Geba (銭ゲバ) 1970–1971 5 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shogakukan

Kokuhaku (告白) 1971 1 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shogakukan

Bara no Sakamichi (ばらの坂道) 1971–1972 3 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shueisha

The Moon (ザ・ムーン) 1972–1973 4 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shogakukan

(浮浪雲) 1973-2017 112 tankōbon, Big Comic Original, Shogakukan

Hana no Yotarō 1974–1979 15 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Champion

Derorinman 1975–1976 3 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha Remake of the 1969 manga, which differs significantly from the original version.

Bonkura Dōshin 1976–1977 4 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Kodansha

Gyara 1979–1981 8 tankōbon, Shōnen King

Pink no Curtain 1980–1984 Part 1: 15 tankōbon, Part 2: 6 tankōbon, Weekly Manga

Chōjin Haruko 1982–1984 3 tankōbon, Weekly Morning

Kaijin Gonzui 1984 1 tankōbon, Weekly Shōnen Jump

Koiko no Mainichi 1985–1992 32 tankōbon, Weekly Manga

Kudoki-ya Joe 1986–1987 4 tankōbon, Big Comic Superior

Lovelin Monroe 1989–1993 13 tankōbon, Young Magazine

Onnagata Kisaburō 1993–2002 7 tankōbon, Big Comic Original Sōkan

Hakuai no Hito 1993–1996 8 tankōbon, Big Gold

Dobugero-sama 1995–1996 1 tankōbon, Monthly Shōnen Gangan

Sutegataki Hitobito 1996–1999 5 tankōbon, Big Gold

Ikinasai Kiki 2001–2002 4 tankōbon,

WHO are YOU 2002 1 tankōbon, Big Comic Original Sōkan Author listed as Yūji Akiyama during serialization.

Chūgoku Nyūmon: Yakkai na Rinjin no Kenkyū 2005 Published by Asukashinsha.

See also[edit]



^ a b Norimitsu Onishi (November 19, 2005). "Ugly Images of Asian Rivals Become Best Sellers in Japan". New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2008.  ^ a b "L'autre Bande Dessinee - Ashura by George Akiyama". du9.org. Retrieved July 30, 2008.  ^ a b "George Akiyama". comipress.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2008.  ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 

External links[edit]

Official Website (in Japanese) George Akiyama
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Būtan by Noboru Baba (1955) Oyama no Kaba-chan by Eijo Ishida (1956) Manga
Seminar on Biology and Biiko-chan by Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka
(1957) Little Black Sambo and Shiawase no Ōji by Tarō Senba (1958) Korisu no Pokko by Jirō Ōta and Bonko-chan and Fuichin-san by Toshiko Ueda
Toshiko Ueda


Science-kun no Sekai Ryokō by Reiji Aki (1961) Susume Roboketto and Tebukuro Tecchan by Fujiko Fujio
Fujiko Fujio
(1962) Fight Sensei and Stop! Nii-chan by Hisashi Sekitani (1963) Osomatsu-kun
by Fujio Akatsuka
Fujio Akatsuka
(1964) Paki-chan to Ganta by Kazuo Maekawa (1965) Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae
Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae
by Shotaro Ishinomori
Shotaro Ishinomori
(1967) Animal 1 and Inakappe Taishō
Inakappe Taishō
by Noboru Kawasaki (1968) Fire! by Hideko Mizuno
Hideko Mizuno


Glass no Shiro by Masako Watanabe and Gag Ojisan and Oya Baka Tengoku by Ryuzan Aki (1970) Hana Ichimonme by Shinji Nagashima
Shinji Nagashima
and Minashigo Hutch by Tatsuo Yoshida (1971) Tōchan no Kawaii Oyome-san and Hashire! Boro by Hiroshi Asuna (1972) Otoko Doahō Kōshien and Deba to Batto by Shinji Mizushima
Shinji Mizushima
(1973) The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu
Kazuo Umezu
(1974) Golgo 13
Golgo 13
by Takao Saito
Takao Saito
(1975) Abu-san
by Shinji Mizushima
Shinji Mizushima
(1976) Notari Matsutarō
Notari Matsutarō
by Tetsuya Chiba (1977) Haguregumo
by George Akiyama
George Akiyama
(1978) Tosa no Ippon Tsuri by Yūsuke Aoyagi (1979)


Hakatakko Junjō and Gangaragan by Hōsei Hasegawa and Jarinko Chie
Jarinko Chie
by Etsumi Haruki (1980) Sunset on Third Street
Sunset on Third Street
by Ryōhei Saigan (1981) Tsuribaka Nisshi
Tsuribaka Nisshi
by Jūzō Yamasaki and Ken'ichi Kitami (1982) Hidamari no Ki
Hidamari no Ki
by Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka
(1983) Human Crossing
Human Crossing
by Masao Yajima and Kenshi Hirokane (1984) Bokkemon by Takashi Iwashige (1985) Oishinbo by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki (1986) Hotel and Manga
Nihon Keizai Nyumon by Shotaro Ishinomori
Shotaro Ishinomori
(1987) Genji Monogatari by Miyako Maki (1988) Yawara!
by Naoki Urasawa
Naoki Urasawa


F by Noboru Rokuda (1990) Kazoku no Shokutaku and Asunaro Hakusho
Asunaro Hakusho
by Fumi Saimon (1991) Okami-san
by Ichimaru and Miyamoto kara Kimi e by Hideki Arai (1992) Kaze no Daichi by Nobuhiro Sakata and Eiji Kazama (1993) Bokkō by Hideki Mori (1994) Ron by Motoka Murakami and Gallery Fake
Gallery Fake
and Tarō by Fujihiko Hosono (1995) Gekka no Kishi by Junichi Nōjō (1996) Azumi
by Yū Koyama (1997) Aji Ichi Monme
Aji Ichi Monme
by Zenta Abe and Yoshimi Kurata (1998)


Monster by Naoki Urasawa
Naoki Urasawa
(2000) Heat by Buronson and Ryoichi Ikegami (2001) 20th Century Boys
20th Century Boys
by Naoki Urasawa
Naoki Urasawa
(2002) Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo
Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo
by Takatoshi Yamada (2003) Team Medical Dragon by Tarō Nogizaka and Akira Nagai (2004) A Spirit of the Sun
A Spirit of the Sun
by Kaiji Kawaguchi and Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin by George Abe and Masasumi Kakizaki (2005) Bengoshi no Kuzu
Bengoshi no Kuzu
by Hideo Iura (2006) Bambino!
by Tetsuji Sekiya and Kurosagi by Takeshi Natsuhara and Kuromaru (2007) Gaku: Minna no Yama by Shin'ichi Ishizuka (2008) Shinya Shokudō
Shinya Shokudō
by Yarō Abe (2009)


Ushijima the Loan Shark
Ushijima the Loan Shark
by Manabe Shōhei and Space Brothers by Chūya Koyama (2010) Kids on the Slope
Kids on the Slope
by Yūki Kodama (2011) I Am a Hero
I Am a Hero
by Kengo Hanazawa (2012) Mogura no Uta
Mogura no Uta
by Noboru Takahashi (2013) Asahinagu
by Ai Kozaki and Aoi Honō
Aoi Honō
by Kazuhiko Shimamoto (2014) Umimachi Diary
Umimachi Diary
by Akimi Yoshida
Akimi Yoshida
and Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto
Taiyo Matsumoto
(2015) Blue Giant by Shinichi Ishizuka and Jūhan Shuttai!
Jūhan Shuttai!
by Naoko Matsuda (2016) After the Rain by Jun Mayuzuki and Kūbo Ibuki by Kaiji Kawaguchi (2017)

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