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'GeGeGe no Kitarou' Mangaka Shigeru Mizuki Dies at 93

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Mangaka Shigeru Mizuki, best known for his shounen horror manga GeGeGe no Kitarou, died Monday morning at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 93. NHK reports that Mizuki died from heart failure.

Mizuki was born in 1922 in Osaka and grew up in the port town of Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture. After completing elementary school, he learned how to draw while working as a newspaper delivery boy.

He was drafted into the Japanese army in 1943 and was sent to the Pacific during World War II. After being seriously injured during an air bombing at New Britain in Papua New Guinea, Mizuki had his left arm amputated. He was recovering at an Allied prisoner-of-war camp when the war ended and was repatriated in 1946.

After returning to Japan, Mizuki entered Musashino Art School in 1948 but did not graduate, eventually working odd jobs and with his family's business. He began drawing for picture story shows in 1957 and later debuted as a mangaka with Rocketman.

Aside from GeGeGe no Kitarou, his popular works include Akuma-kun. The two works established him an author in the shounen horror and supernatural genre, and they received several anime adaptations. Mizuki also drew Souin Gyokusai seyo! based on his wartime experiences, along with Gekiga Hitler.

In 1991, Mizuki received the Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government, an award given to individuals for their academic and artistic accomplishments. He was also named a Person of Cultural Merit in 2010 to recognize his outstanding cultural contributions.

Mizuki is survived by his wife of 54 years, author Nunoe Mura, and two daughters.

Source: NHK News, Comic Natalie
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RIP :c
 
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R.I.P

 
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this is a great loss in alot of ways the biggest being he was high up in J A A so yes

sad loss a very nice man ot talk to yes i met ment him around 3 years ago at J A A meeting and i talk ot him alot as member of the press too
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R.I.P :(
 
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RIP a legend.
 
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R.I.P. he had a long run though 93 years old is impressive
 
Nov 29, 2015 10:22 PM

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We've lost a master, but more than anything we should be grateful that he lived to share so many stories with us. For someone like Mizuki who should have died so many times in the jungles of New Britain 70 years ago, such a long life must have seemed a true blessing.
 
Nov 29, 2015 10:28 PM

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May he rest in peace.
 
Nov 29, 2015 10:37 PM

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may he rip in peace
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Nov 29, 2015 11:24 PM

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Rest in peace.
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May he rest in peace
 
Nov 29, 2015 11:32 PM

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RIP :(
 
Nov 29, 2015 11:42 PM

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ReaperCreeper said:
RIP a legend.
 
Nov 29, 2015 11:43 PM

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R.I.P :(
 
Nov 29, 2015 11:58 PM

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Aww; GeGeGe no Kitarou has caught my eye a few times in the past.
 
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RIP :'(
 
Nov 30, 2015 12:25 AM

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This man must have been super dedicated to his work, to be willing to do both the story AND art of that many different works...with only ONE arm. What a beast.

RIP.
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Nov 30, 2015 12:45 AM

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rip sir
 
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R.I.P :( I haven't read any of his works but it seems he's been writing AND drawing manga with one arm and that's amazing. Really sad about his death even if I haven't read any of his works.......

so many people in the anime/manga industry have been dying this year, there was the author of Inu x Boku SS a while back and a couple of seiyuus as well...
 
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Rest in peace~
 
Nov 30, 2015 3:27 AM

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arsonal said:
died at the age of 93
his wife of 54 years


Nice job.
 
Nov 30, 2015 4:00 AM

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RIP :(
 
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RIP.
 
Nov 30, 2015 7:57 AM
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May his soul rest in peace. He had an incredible life and created a great manga.
 
Nov 30, 2015 8:35 AM

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Too bad he died before he got a chance to see the newest gegege adaptation :'(
R.I.P.
 
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Too bad he died before he got a chance to see the newest gegege adaptation :'(
R.I.P.

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Never forget when i always be in go home club to watch Gegege no kitarou when i'm still elementary student.
 
Nov 30, 2015 8:54 AM

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He was a very inspiring man, may he rest in peace
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Rest in peace.
 
Nov 30, 2015 10:45 AM

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R.I.P. Master of Horror mangaka
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RIP. The news is very surprising. I used to watch Gegege no Kitaro when I was a kid.
 
Nov 30, 2015 4:32 PM

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Never heard of him but r.i.p.

 
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RIP. The news is very surprising. I used to watch Gegege no Kitaro when I was a kid.
 
Dec 1, 2015 1:38 AM

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Been thinking what if there's a mangaka that only has one arm, then I saw this man. My condolences...
 
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RIP :C
 
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RIP
 
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Why the hell am I only finding this out now...?

Thank you for everything, Mizuki. Rest in peace.

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