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Mar 25, 2016 12:15 PM
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Mangaka Iku Oyamada has died at the age of 59. The artist best known for his 1980 manga Scrap Book was found dead in his home in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture, on March 23. Authorities said that Oyamada had been ill, but no further details on the cause of death was revealed.

Oyamada was the winner of the 4th Shougakukan Newcomer Comic Grand Prize with the work Bosatsu. He debuted as a mangaka in 1979 with Gohyaku Rakan, which was published under his real name Katsuhisa Tagami. Later that year, he took up the pen name Iku Oyamada when drawing the series 12-gatsu no Yui, which received an honorable mention in the 13th Weekly Shounen Champion Newcomer Manga Prize.

Between 1980 and 1982, Oyamada drew the slice-of-life manga Scrap Book (pictured), which follows middle schooler Haru Kashiwagi and is set in Oyamada's hometown of Komoro. The series was revived with a one-shot published in 2009 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Weekly Shounen Champion.

Other works include the 1987 manga Marionette Shi, which focused on social and environmental issues through the eyes of a schoolboy. Oyamada also drew horror manga in the 1990s.

Source: Comic Natalie
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Mar 25, 2016 12:18 PM

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59? Damn that's not very old

I don't know who that was but RIP in peace
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Mar 25, 2016 12:19 PM

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Never read any of his works, may check them out
Mar 25, 2016 12:21 PM

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Never heard of him but RIP.
Mar 25, 2016 12:23 PM
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59? That's not very old. Rest in Peace.
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Mar 25, 2016 12:26 PM

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Damn, only 59? Not even that old.

RIP mate.

I never read your work, but I think I'll go check them out.

Stop. Calm yourself. You're an idiot.
Mar 25, 2016 12:46 PM

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It seems only 1 person in MAL actually read his work. I guess I have to make it 2. It's the only thing I can do for him.

RIP soon to be remembered by me.
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Mar 25, 2016 12:51 PM

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I don't know him, but may his soul rest in peace
Mar 25, 2016 12:55 PM
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Sorry to hear. RIP
Mar 25, 2016 1:08 PM

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59 is too young D:

Rest in peace.
Mar 25, 2016 1:09 PM

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He should have continued with horror manga :'(
Mar 25, 2016 1:23 PM

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I never heard of him but REST IN PIECE
Mar 25, 2016 1:28 PM

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well of course nobody's heard of him

this could be handy yeah?
nothing translated

his art looks nice
should have had his own 80s anime
Mar 25, 2016 1:31 PM

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59. A year from retirement.

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Mar 25, 2016 2:14 PM

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RIP. Died way too young.
Mar 25, 2016 2:28 PM

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RIP to the man. Sad stuff mates.
Mar 25, 2016 2:36 PM
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Never heard of him, but may he rest in peace.
Mar 25, 2016 2:38 PM
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very good manka ka alot of very good work
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Mar 25, 2016 2:46 PM

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RIP :(

Might check out some of his works.
Mar 25, 2016 3:16 PM
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"...was found dead in his home..."

Regardless of the circumstances, that sentence alone emits a vibe of loneliness that shoots right through the heart. Hopefully I'm misinterpreting it and he was living with his loved ones. May he rest in peace.
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Mar 25, 2016 4:15 PM

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59? Damn!!

Mar 25, 2016 7:08 PM

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Don't know who he is, but rip.