Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than twenty
years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga
masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with
BETA! in 1983 and hasn't stopped his impressive output
since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre
encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic
comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful
human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story
by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story
(Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (20th Century Boys), and
a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu
Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi
Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of
Tezuka Productions). Many of his books have spawned popular
animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the
theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films
based on 20th Century Boys.
No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa received the 2011 and 2013 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and also received the Kodansha Manga Award. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.
"The manga Pluto is one of the best robot stories ever told." "Naoki Urasawa's work is a masterpiece." "Naoki Urasawa has a knack for turning simple ideas into sprawling manga epics." - Polygon--Karen Han "Polygon"