One of Japan’s leading manga artists, Naoki Urasawa, has won numerous manga awards since his debut in 1983. Mr. Urasawa’s work is highly evaluated for its tremendous amount of manuscript, overwhelming drawing power, and storytelling that no one can imitate.
Therefore, this time, let’s think about the theme of “Which is your favorite Naoki Urasawa’s work?” First of all, I will introduce some of his representative works.
“YAWARA! It is a work that was serialized in “Big Comic Spirits” from 1986 to 1993 and won the 35th Shogakukan Manga Award. In 1989, it was made into an animation and a live-action movie.
The main character is Judo Inokuma, a girl with extraordinary judo talent. While she demonstrates the power of judo, she also desires to become an ordinary girl. It is a story about her struggle and growth until she challenges the second-class conquest of the Barcelona Olympics. It is also a successful work of Mr. Urasawa.
“MASTER Keaton” is a work serialized in “Big Comic Original” from 1988 to 1994. After graduating from the prestigious Oxford University, the main character, Hiraga = Keaton Taichi, joined the British Army Special Air Service SAS and became a survival instructor. He is a person with a tremendous background that he is currently an investigator (op) for the Lloyd’s Insurance Union while exploring the path of archaeological research.
It is full of a wide variety of romantic episodes, such as the action of taking advantage of the survival technology that Keaton learned during the SAS era, the act of getting out of the crisis many times, the humanity with the people he met, and the story with archaeological consideration. It is a work of. From 2012, the sequel “MASTER Keaton Re Master,” which depicts 20 years after the main story, was serialized irregularly.
“MONSTER” is a work serialized in “Big Comic Original” from 1994 to 2001. The animation was also aired from 2004 to 2005. He has won the 1999 3rd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Manga Award and the 2000 46th Shogakukan Manga Award in the general youth category.
A suspense work set in Germany and the Czech Republic. Dr. Kenzo Tenma, the hero and genius brain surgeon was grasping the career course as a doctor, but his fate changed when he ignored the order and operated on a seriously injured boy Johan and saved his life. Increase. It is a profound story work that includes crimes such as false accusations and bizarre murders and medical ethics, power struggles, family ideals and human love, and German social issues before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“20th Century Boys” is a manga serialized in “Big Comic Spirits” from 1999 to 2006. In 2007, the final edition of “Authentic Science Adventure Manga 21st Century Boys” was also serialized. In addition, it was made into a live-action movie from 2008 to 2009 and attracted a great deal of attention.
Around the 1970s, when the main character Kenji and his friends were boys, he drew fantasies of the future in a sketchbook and named them “Book of Yogen.” Kenji, who became an adult, had ordinary days, but the mystery that something happened in the world began to occur. The contents are written in “Yogen no Sho” gradually happened … A magnificent story is drawn.
Which of the “Naoki Urasawa” works do you like the most?
So far, I have introduced four works on behalf of Mr. Urasawa’s many results. Of course, Urasawa’s work has many masterpieces in addition to this. Please tell us your favorite work and why!