Wed Nov 7 21:53:26 EST 2001
In a flash news story, Yokoyama Ryuichi, one of Japan's most famous manga
artists and a pioneer in animation, died today (the 8th) of a stroke. He
Yokoyama was most famous for his manga "Fuku-chan," which ran for decades
in the Mainichi newspaper, but he was also very interested in animation.
He supervised film versions of Fuku-chan during the war, and in the
mid-1950s, created his own independent production company, Otogi
Productions, in his back yard to produce such classics as Hyotan Suzume.
Yokoyama's success at animation reportedly inspired Tezuka Osamu to start
his own production company.
Yokohama was the first manga artist to be honored as a Bunka Korosha by
On a personal note, I took my son to see Hyotan Suzume last year and he
enjoyed it quite a lot. It's magic, it seems, has not faded.
Yokohama National University
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