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Leiji Matsumoto

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Native name  松本零士
Spouse  Miyako Maki
Role  Manga artist

Name  Leiji Matsumoto
Nationality  Japanese
Siblings  Susumu Matsumoto
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Full Name  Akira Matsumoto (松本晟, Matsumoto Akira)
Born  January 25, 1938 (age 77) (1938-01-25) Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Known for  character design, illustration
Notable work  Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999
Awards  Order of the Rising Sun Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Movies and TV shows  Space Pirate Captain, Queen Millennia, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of th, The Galaxy Railways, Arcadia of My Youth
Similar People  Miyako Maki, Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Shinji Aramaki, Toshio Masuda, Go Nagai

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Leiji Matsumoto (松本零士, Matsumoto Reiji, born Akira Matsumoto (松本晟), January 25, 1938 in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. His wife Miyako Maki is also known as a manga artist.

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Space opera

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Matsumoto is famous for his space operas such as Space Battleship Yamato. His style is characterized by tragic heroes; tall, slender, fragile-looking heroines with strong wills and in some cases, god-like powers; and a love of analog gauges and dials in his spacecraft.

Career

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Matsumoto made his debut under his real name, Akira Matsumoto, in 1953. His wife is shōjo manga artist Miyako Maki (better known as the creator of the doll Licca-chan, the Japanese equivalent of Barbie).

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Matsumoto had his big break with Otoko Oidon, a series that chronicled the life of a rōnin (a young man preparing for university entrance exams), in 1971. Around the same time he started a series of unconnected short stories set during World War II, Senjo Manga Series, which would eventually become popular under the title The Cockpit.

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He was involved in Space Battleship Yamato (1974) and created the highly popular series Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 (both 1977). In 1978, he was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen for Galaxy Express 999 and Senjo Manga Series. Animated versions of Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 are set in the same universe, which spanned several spin offs and related series, most notably Queen Emeraldas and Queen Millennia.

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Matsumoto supervised the creation of several music videos for the French house group Daft Punk, set to tracks from their album Discovery. These videos were issued end-to-end (making a full-length animated movie) on a DVD release titled Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.

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About two dozen bronze statues – each perhaps four feet tall – of characters and scenes from Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 were erected in the downtown area of Tsuruga in 1999. Each statue includes a plaque at its base explaining the character, and featuring Matsumoto's signature.

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Matsumoto worked with Yoshinobu Nishizaki on Space Battleship Yamato (known outside Japan under various names but most commonly as Star Blazers). Matsumoto created a manga loosely based on the series, and the Yamato makes cameo appearances (sans crew) in several of his works including the Galaxy Express 999 manga.

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A recent work by Matsumoto called Great Yamato featuring an updated Yamato had to be renamed Great Galaxy due to legal issues with Nishizaki. As of 2009, Matsumoto and Nishizaki were working on independent anime projects featuring the acclaimed Space Battleship Yamato, with the conditions that Matsumoto cannot use the name Yamato or the plot or characters from the original, and Nishizaki cannot use the conceptual art, character or ship designs of the original. Since Nishizaki's death in 2010, it is uncertain whether these restrictions will continue to apply.

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On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut, Matsumoto launched the manga Captain Harlock ~Jigen Kōkai~ (Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage), illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, in the pages of Akita Shoten's Champion Red magazine. Dimensional Voyage is a retelling of the original 1978 Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga. It had been licensed in the U.S. by Seven Seas.

List of works

  • Great Galaxy (formerly Great Yamato)
  • Harlock Saga Der Ring des Nibelungen
  • Queen Millennia (aka Queen of 1000 Years)
  • Starzinger (part of the Force Five anthology series, as Spaceketeers) (1978–1979)
  • The Ultimate Time Sweeper Mahoroba (manga)
  • Planet Robot Danguard Ace (part of the U.S. Force Five anthology series, as Dangard Ace; 1977–1978)
  • References

    Leiji Matsumoto Wikipedia


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