Famed Japanese Manga Artist Fujiko A. Fujio A Dies At 88



Pictured is Fujiko A. Fujio.

Fujiko A. Fujio (actual title Motoo Abiko) in a file picture from 2008.
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This week, Japan misplaced a legend. Nikkei Asia reviews that famed manga creator Fujiko A. Fujio died on Thursday morning at his dwelling in Tokyo’s Kawasaki. He was 88.

Fujiko A. Fujio, whose actual title was Motoo Abiko, was a part of a manga artist duo with Hiroshi Fujimoto, aka Fujiko F. Fujio. Collectively they have been often called Fujiko Fujio, and have been the manga world’s equal of Lennon–McCartney. Childhood pals, the 2 shaped a collaborative partnership in 1951 and went on to create a few of Japan’s most iconic manga, which have been later tailored into beloved anime which can be nonetheless watched at present. Fujiko F. Fujio, who handed away in 1996, is credited with being the driving drive behind Doraemon, which is also known as the Mickey Mouse of Japan. Their inventive partnership was dissolved in 1987.

In 2008, the Japanese authorities awarded Fujiko A. Fujio with the Order of the Rising Solar, which is among the nation’s highest honors.

Fujiko A. Fujio created quite a few beloved manga, together with Ninja Hattori-kun and The Laughing Salesman. Ninja Hattori-kun, which follows the adventures of a boy who befriends a ninja child, debuted as a manga in 1964 and as an anime in 1981. As Nikkei Asia notes, The Laughing Salesman is a couple of salesman who goals to “fill the vacancy in individuals’s souls,” however his gives sometimes come at a value to those that don’t observe his directions precisely. The Laughing Salesman is far darker than Fujiko F. Fujio’s kid-friendly Doraemon, and exhibits how the duo’s creative temperaments differed.

Even in his later years, Fujiko A. Fujio remained energetic. His last serialized manga, Parman no Jounetsu-teki na Hibi (Parman’s Intense Day by day Life), was a memoir that launched in 2007 and went on hiatus in 2015.

Fujiko A. Fujio was one in all Japan’s really nice manga creators. Might he relaxation in peace.