Tatsumi, Yoshihiro

Tatsumi, Yoshihiro

Given name: ヨシヒロ
Family name: 辰巳
Birthday: Jun 13, 1935
Member Favorites: 157
Died: March 7, 2015 (aged 79)

Birth place: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

In the late 1950s, Yoshihiro Tatsumi began using the visual language of manga to tell gritty, literary stories about the private lives of everyday people. He has been called "the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics." Recently, his works have been seeing a resurgence of popularity, and he has been published in many languages.

Tatsumi is widely credited with starting the gekiga (劇画, "dramatic pictures") style of alternative comics in Japan, having allegedly coined the term in 1957. He has thus influenced comic artists around the world.

Gekiga is a more serious and realistic style than that of manga, which at the time was aimed toward children. The mainstream publications out of Tokyo produced the manga style, but the main support for the gekiga alternative comic style were the lending libraries out of Osaka. Over time, those who grew up reading manga wanted something more adult, and gekiga filled that need.

The 1960s generation of Japanese youth became known as the Manga Generation; it was a sign of rebellion, and gekiga comics were central to that, including political movements espoused by the young. Eventually, the style had grown in popularity to the point that it influenced people like Osamu Tezuka (who was iconic of the mainstream manga style). This acceptance of varied styles in manga engendered the period called The Golden Age of Manga, which extended from the 1970s into the 1980s. Today, with the development of new schools of alternative comics in Japan, the influence of gekiga is declining, but it still appears, mostly in seinen comics.

(Source: Wikipedia, Toronto Star)

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Influential Mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi Dies at 79

Influential Mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi Dies at 79

Journalist Paul Gravett announced in an article that the "sensei of gekiga," Yoshihiro Tatsumi, died due to malignant lymphoma on Saturday, March 7. He was...read more

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Yoruuri | Yesterday, 10:18 AM

utsvro | Oct 30, 9:59 PM
legendary mangaka, MAL please update his page so we can log the Drawn & Quarterly english publications

MichelleTC | Jul 13, 3:27 PM
Me duele mucho que la mayoría de sus obras estén en aprobación. Un muy buen mangaka con obras geniales.

vsq | Mar 21, 9:37 AM
a goat shall be remembered for eternity

Vaenny | Apr 14, 2020 7:34 AM
Can't believe it took me this long to discover the father of Gekiga. RIP.

Pilowsoficalkapa | Apr 13, 2020 3:20 PM
There is a Animated Movie from 2011, about parts of his life and some of his short stories. It's simply called: Tatsumi.
Give it a watch if you have the time ;) 9/10 from me

AironicallyHuman | Jan 10, 2019 2:51 PM
MAL removed his short collections from the database or re-added them, removing them and my comments from my list. TYVM -_-

omankooo | Sep 11, 2018 12:49 AM
TOP. rest in peace.

TexhnolyzeMe | May 6, 2018 2:43 AM
I have the same problem of the two below when I try to understand something about his collections. Seems that some of his works were just collected by westerners and they have no corrispondence with japanese volumes.
In fact I have just now read Midnight's Fishermen, the Singapore's collection, and I can't find it here. Is there any chance that it will be added?

watashi-sama | Apr 26, 2018 4:09 AM
I cant agree more with Excelsior. Of all of the things to get wrong, Abandon the Old in Tokyo is not even "approved" yet by this site. Not to mention I dont see Push Man but I see the stories in that, Abandon, and Goodbye all in different collections that I cant find in usual sources.

Maybe MAL has it right and the sources just have the western version of these collections, but its very confusing when trying to go through all his works.

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