© MURAKAMI MOTOKA 1998
1970 First weekly cartoon Run and Burn (Moete Hashire!) debuts in Weekly Shonen Jump. 1972 Dragon of the Hot Wind (Neppuu no Tora) serialized in same magazine. 1977 Weekly Shonen Sunday publishes Red Pegasus (Akai Pegasus) a story of a deadly race. 1981 The Sword of Musashi (Musashi no Ken), a story of a young boy who wants to be a Kendo master, is serialized. 1991 to Present, Ron is serialized in the Big Comic Original Magazine. Other: Published Gakuto Retsuden, Escape the Wind! (Kaze wo Nuke!), Nagisa 1996 and other note worthy works. The Sword of Musashi (Musashi no Ken) won the 29th Shogakukan Manga Award. Gakuto Retsuden won the 6th Kodansha Manga award and Ron won the 41st Syougakukan Manga Award.
This is a youthful romance full of ideals and passion, set against the backdrop of the turbulent Showa era. The illustrations are powerful, placing the young entrepreneur and the movie actress he loves within the context of an enormous cast of characters and the artist's impressive command of historical detail. The result is a splendid amalgamation of narrative structure, characterization, and historical insight.
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