Raiku, Makoto

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Family name: 雷句
Alternate names: 河田 誠
Birthday: Aug 23, 1974
Website: http://raikumakoto.com/
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Makoto Kawada, known by the pen name Makoto Raiku (雷句誠), is a manga artist known for creating the Konjiki no Gash Bell!! franchise. Starting off an assistant for Kazuhiro Fujita on his manga Ushio & Tora. He began creating several one-shots for the Weekly Shounen Sunday manga anthology such as Bird Man (about a young pilot), Hero Ba-Ban (about a cheerful, but weak superhero) and Genmai Blade (about a teenage medicinal exorcist, of which he created both a one-shot and a two-part story).

In 2001, Raiku started the manga series Konjiki no Gash!!, which began publication in Shogakukan's Weekly Shounen Sunday, and in 2003, inspired an anime version produced by Toei Animation. In English-speaking countries, both the manga and anime are known as Zatch Bell!. In 2003, Konjiki no Gash!! received the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.

In June 2008, Raiku brought a case against Shogakukan to Tokyo District Court because they lost five of his coloured works. He demanded 3,300,000 yen as compensation. According to the beginning of his statement, he decided to do it because he does not want publishers and their editors to look down on manga artists. In addition, Raiku was treated extremely badly for a long time. Moreover, the price of compensation represented by Shogakukan was only 500,000 yen. Raiku claimed that they had underestimated him too much.

On July 28, 2008, they had their first public session. Shogakukan agreed they were responsible for the loss with a reservation on financial value of the lost works as it was not clear. Recommended by the judge, both parties agreed to settle the claim. After the case was settled, Makoto Raiku announced he would no longer do business with Shogakukan, and switched to Kodansha. His first work for Kodansha was Doubutsu no Kuni, which was serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.

Raiku's third serialization, Vector Ball, ran in Kodansha's Weekly Shounen Magazine from April 2016 until its abrupt end in March 2017, after Raiku refused to continue the story based on suggestions from his editor that he had previously agreed to follow. Over the next several years, he re-released his 3 serializations as ebooks, with both Konjiki no Gash!! and Doubutsu no Kuni receiving bonus content.

In 2022, Raiku started a new manga studio, Birgdin Board, under which he had ownership of his previous manga. He began working on a new series, a sequel to Konjiki no Gash!! which was published online by Raiku and Birgdin Board starting in March 2022.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Twitter: @raikumakoto

Birgdin Board: https://www.birgdin.co.jp/

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