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Manga Author Yasuyuki Kunitomo Dies at 65

by Vindstot
Sep 22, 1:20 PM | 6 Comments
The Sports Nippon newspaper reported on Saturday that manga author Yasuyuki Kunitomo died due to heart failure on September 20. He was 65 years old.

Kunimoto graduated from Waseda University and was a member of its Manga Research Society. During his studies, he made his manga author debut in the supplementary issue of Weekly Shounen Jump in 1974 with Saigo no Shounen Yakyuu, and received an honorable mention at the Tezuka Award the following year for his Ooi! Shimbun! manga.

Published in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine, Kunitomo's 1985 manga Junk Boy (pictured) became one of his most popular works, selling over five million copies of its compiled volumes by the end of its run in 1989. The manga inspired an OVA adaptation by Madhouse in 1987. His other work, 100-oku no Otoko (10 Billion Men), serialized in Big Comic Spirits in 1993, received a live-action TV series in 1995.

Kunitomo's ongoing manga Ai ni Check-in in Weekly Post has been on hiatus since the third August issue of the magazine, which was published on August 6. Shogakukan released the second compiled volume earlier this year on March 30.

Source: Sports Nippon

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he still working before he passed away... admirable... remember in my childhood has see junk boy book in my neighbour private library but i can't understand the language... RIP

Sep 23, 12:57 AM by Kuma

Seems like 70 is the new 100 for anime/manga staffs.

Sep 22, 10:03 PM by VyseLegendaire

Rest in peace sir. We enjoyed Junko Boy.

Sep 22, 9:24 PM by Hikki77

Really enjoyed the Junk Boy OVA. R.I.P

Sep 22, 7:17 PM by TheKing528

Ouu shit, he did Junk Boy.

R.I.P

Sep 22, 2:05 PM by Klad

never heard of him until now but RIP

Sep 22, 1:36 PM by deg

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