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Ken Akamatsu

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Residence  Tokyo
Website  Ken Akamatsu's Website
Education  Chuo University
Years active  1993–present
Spouse  Kanon Akamatsu (m. 2002)
Occupation  Manga artist
Role  Manga artist
Other names  Awa Mizuno (水野 亜和)
Name  Ken Akamatsu

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Born  July 5, 1968 (age 47) (1968-07-05) Higashikurume, Tokyo
Known for  Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Love Hina, A.I. Love You
TV shows  Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan
Books  Negima: Magister Negi Magi, AI love you, Negiho, Negima! 22, Negima! Omnibus: Magister
Similar People  Kanon Akamatsu, Koji Kumeta, Kenjiro Hata, Hiro Mashima, Oh! great
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Ken Akamatsu (赤松 健, Akamatsu Ken, born July 5, 1968) is a Japanese manga artist from Tokyo. After success with A.I. Love You from 1994–1997, he wrote Love Hina from 1998 to 2001. His longest work to date has been Magical Teacher Negima! from 2003 to 2012. His current serial, UQ Holder!, is a sequel to Negima. Akamatsu is also the creator of the J-Comi website, a free digital distributor of out-of-print manga.

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Sailor Moon was his introduction to anime and manga fandom.

In his teens, Akamatsu applied himself to Film Study (it is speculated that this is where he got the idea for Love Hina). Eventually, he became famous as an illustrator at the Comiket (a comic convention held bi-annually in Japan). He used the pen name Awa Mizuno (水野 亜和, Mizuno Awa). Akamatsu, still in college (Japanese literature course at Chuo University), then proceeded to win the Weekly Shōnen Magazine award twice. Soon after he graduated, his Hito Natsu no Kids Game was awarded the coveted 50th Shōnen Magazine's Rookie Award.

After a big hit with A.I. Love You, he finally made a grand success with his new and magnum opus manga, Love Hina. The series appeared in Weekly Shōnen Magazine and has been collected in eleven volumes (with fourteen volumes in total), which have sold over 6 million copies in Japan, and received the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen in 2001. Akamatsu had added elements of his own life experiences to the story, and this was said to have induced a unique feeling to the manga especially for Western readers, whose lack of familiarity with Japanese culture for the most part added to the effect. The series, published in America in 2002, was especially well received in many overseas countries - Akamatsu was surprised that even foreign readers found Love Hina to be "cute" and to their liking. Akamatsu appears as a character in the 'Love Hina' anime, in episode 14, and the Christmas and Spring specials.

He is married to 'Kanon' Akamatsu, who was previously a singer/idol. His series, Magical Teacher Negima!, his longest running manga so far with 355 chapters, was, like Love Hina, also made into an anime. A second independent retelling of Negima was made called Negima!?. The first anime adaption was produced by XEBEC, and the second retelling produced by Shaft. Shaft also produces all of the OVAs for Magical Teacher Negima! and finally made a new Negima! OVA, Negima! Magister Negi Magi ~Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba~, and a newer series of OVAs, Maho Sensei Negima! Mo Hitotsu no Sekai ~Another World~ .

Along with working on the Negima manga, he was also helping with the live action Negima! series. He has no task-based daily schedule for his manga work; instead he works on one page at a time until the whole chapter is finished. When he was younger he could draw one chapter each week, but nowadays he usually draws 18 pages every 9 days. Thus, he has time to take a week-long break on four-week intervals while maintaining his weekly publishing schedule.

In November 2010, he announced he would start a free manga download site for out-of-print titles called J-Comi, and announced that all 14 volumes of Love Hina will be its first release. The service is completely free and without any time restrictions or commissions, with authors receiving payment based on site ads. The comics will be distributed as PDFs without any type of DRM. He also expects other manga artists to take advantage of the service.

He started a new manga, UQ Holder!, in Weekly Shōnen Magazine; which debuted in the 38th issue in August 2013.

Manga

  • Hito Natsu no Kids Game (ひと夏のKIDSゲーム)
  • A.I. Love You (A・Iが止まらない!, A・I ga Tomaranai)
  • Itsudatte My Santa! (いつだってMyサンタ!)
  • Love Hina (ラブひな)
  • Magical Teacher Negima! (魔法先生ネギま!, Mahō Sensei Negima)
  • Mao Chan (陸上防衛隊まおちゃん, Rikujō Bōeitai Mao-chan)
  • UQ Holder! (UQ HOLDER! ~魔法先生ネギま!2~, Yūkyū Horudā Mahō Sensei Negima Tsū)
  • Anime

  • Love Hina (story; also voiced himself in two special episodes)
  • Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan (story, character designs)
  • Negima!: Magister Negi Magi (story)
  • Uta Kata (ending illustrator, episode 11)
  • Itsudatte My Santa! (story)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth (special thanks)
  • References

    Ken Akamatsu Wikipedia


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