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Aoi Honoo

SHIMAMOTO Kazuhiko

Story manga [Japan]

Aoi Honoo (Pale flames). The story takes place in the early 1980s when a new movement was about to develop in the world of manga / animation. HONOO Moyuru, a first year student of a university of fine arts in Osaka lives his life with a strong passion and ambition to become a manga artist. Moyuru has an ungrounded confidence in his talent, but he is also interested in the animation industry and is trying to steer his course in life. The story unfolds of a passionate art college student writhing in agony as he treads the path of manga.

©Kazuhiko Shimamoto / Shogakukan

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SHIMAMOTO Kazuhiko

Japan

Born in the town of Ikeda in the district of Nakagawa in Hokkaido Prefecture, and lives in the city of Sapporo. His real name is TEZUKA Hidehiko. He debuted in 1982 with Hissatsu no tenkosei (Killer Transfer Student), and his most important works include Blazing Transfer Student, Gyakkyo Nine (Nine in Adversity), Moeyo pen (Burn, Pen), Hoero pen (Roar, Pen), Chokyuu! Kido buto den G gundam (Heavyweight Mechanical Militant Legend G Gundam), and Anime tencho (Animation Store Manager). His ongoing serial manga include Aoi Hono (Blue Blaze) and Hero Company. Aoi Hono won an Award in the General category at the 60th Shogakukan Manga Awards, and the Excellence Award in the Manga Division at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival. He presently serves as the president and representative director of Aibic Co., Ltd.

( 2021 )

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