Editors do not create works. Strictly speaking, they neither produce nor raise manga artists. The artists themselves grow with their own passion and willpower. However, if vines, for example, try to grow without a stake, they could end up going in the wrong direction, getting lost, or even losing their will to grow. Thus, Mr. Yamamoto has continuously supported artists' growing talent? just like a vine stake that has belief. While being in a tough position between "gartists' dreams" and "judgment on commercial success," he has kept following "the path of believing in artists' talent and supporting them." If it were not for love for manga, he could not have come this far. Without Mr. Yamamoto's contributions, girls' comic in Japan could have lagged behind in development for at least 10 years.
(critique:SATONAKA Machiko, Head Adjudicator of MangaDivision)
Born in 1938. Graduated from Nihon University, College of Art, Department of Film.1963 entered Shougakukan. Was in charge of a reprint of JUNGLE TAITEI in the Picture Book Division. Since the appearance of the shoujo manga magazine "SHOUJO COMIC", had been engaged in the first appearances and publications of manga magazines such as a separate volume of "SHOUJO COMIC" or "PUCHI FLOWER" , for 30 years until his retirement in 1999. April 2000, took up his post as a faculty member at the newly founded Department of Manga in Kyoto Seika University, College of Art. Left his post in 2004 together when the first graduates of the Department of Manga completed their studies.