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Meet the Fabulous '49ers (The "Year 24 Group" Primer)

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bylithiumflower
Nov 14 2022, 12:00 AM | Updated Nov 15, 2022 12:23 AM
The Year 24 Group (24-nen Gumi/Nijuuyonen Gumi, also called the Fabulous Year 24 Group/Hana no 24-nen Gumi or the Magnificent Forty-Niners), is a group of manga artists who rose to prominence in the early 1970s. They are credited with introducing complex themes such as psychology, sexuality, and politics into shoujo manga, which until that point was primarily simple stories for little girls written by men who would migrate to male demongraphics as they gained notability.

Their name comes from the year 1949, or the 24th year of the Showa era, in which several members were born. Which artists merit inclusion is a matter of opinion, with the strictest including as few as just Hagio, Oshima, and Takemiya, and the most liberal including mangaka influenced by them and those who worked as their assistants.

Inclusion of titles in this list is based on a combination of popularity, notability, acclaim, availability in English, and (my) personal taste. Don't read too far into it if I missed a series you like.
Versailles no Bara
Manga, 1972
8.34
14,973
Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru
Manga, 1992
8.18
8,543
Kaze to Ki no Uta
Manga, 1976
8.11
7,678
Hanshin
Manga, 1972
7.32
5,161
Claudine...!
Manga, 1978
7.23
5,091
Thomas no Shinzou
Manga, 1974
7.88
4,954
Oniisama e...
Manga, 1974
7.60
4,002
Terra e...
Manga, 1976
7.71
3,938
11-nin Iru!
Manga, 1975
7.19
2,995
Shiroi Heya no Futari
Manga, 1971
6.92
2,861
Poe no Ichizoku
Manga, 1972
7.77
2,434
Orpheus no Mado
Manga, 1975
7.78
1,888
Iguana no Musume
Manga, 1991
7.66
1,727
Eroica yori Ai wo Komete
Manga, 1976
7.69
1,476
A-A'
Manga, 1981
7.14
1,311
Marginal
Manga, 1985
7.00
1,251
Banana Bread no Pudding
Manga, 1977
6.29
1,128
Natsu e no Tobira
Manga, 1975
6.21
1,001
Hatshepsut
Manga, 1988
5.96
896
Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi
Manga, 1980
7.46
909
Barbara Ikai
Manga, 2002
7.39
867
Ten no Hate made: Poland Hishi
Manga, 1991
7.02
700
Wata no Kuni Hoshi
Manga, 1978
7.48
722
Gin no Sankaku
Manga, 1980
7.37
631
Andromeda Stories
Manga, 1980
6.83
573
Eikou no Napoleon
Manga, 1986
N/A
534
U wa Uchuusen no U
Manga, 1977
6.93
457
Terpsichore
Manga, 2000
N/A
246
Onshitsu
One-shot, 1975
N/A
200
Hiruko
One-shot, 1985
N/A
186
Angelique
Manga, 1977
N/A
165
Z
Z
Manga, 1979
N/A
165
Mari to Shingo
Manga, 1979
N/A
161
Umibe no Cain
Manga, 1980
N/A
146
Madan no Shashu
Manga, 1982
N/A
136
Afmet Oukoku Monogatari
Manga, 1987
N/A
127
Gou Gou datte Neko de Aru
Manga, 1996
N/A
81
Kinpatsu no Sougen
Manga, 1983
N/A
105

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