Let’s Begin: An Introduction to the Naoki Urasawa Manga Movable Feast

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So, I think it’s about time we get this month’s Manga Movable Feast started huh?

Welcome to the Naoki Urasawa Manga Movable Feast. From today to February 24, expect coverage on one of the most successful manga artists in the industry (from reviews, essays, and discussions) from this site and a number of bloggers in the blogosphere. Information on how to participate is here, but basically you have to send a link via email at organizationasg (AT) gmail (DOT) com or tweet it to @kami_nomi for me to include it in each Day roundups for the week. Needless to say, while we will have our own coverage of Urasawa here, our first MMF feast will be fun if we get a lot of participants for it! So contributions are good with me!

Now, I guess a bit of a primer into Naoki Urasawa is a good way to kick this week off. Let’s begin.

Naoki UrasawaName: Naoki Urasawa

Date of Birth: January 2, 1960

His Works: Yawara!, Pineapple Army, Master Keaton, Happy, Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto, Billy Bat, Master Keaton Remaster

Works Currently Licensed in English: Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto, 21th Century Boys

One of His Hobbies: Playing the guitar…live!

Memorable For: Writing about characters who start out normal but end up becoming someone different later, for creating the “Monster”, for daring to do a completely old arc of Osamu Tezuka, and for showing the importance of music throughout three timelines.

Some More Information: There is not much I can really say because I found something that does. See, a program in Japan on NHK called “Professional: Styles of Work” ended up during a feature on Urasawa. There was a video of it on Youtube many years ago, but the original user either removed it or shut down their account. However, while doing research for Urasawa MMF, I stumbled onto the video again. This covers how Urasawa got into manga, shows how the usual process goes for him when creating a chapter, and he answers what it means to be a professional. I hope you all enjoy checking out the video and seeing why he is so respected!

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