12th Manga Division Critiques

CHIBA Tetsuya

It has been a long time since the manga industry last came to a turning point. With the continuous appearance of new items of interest for young readers, such as personal computers, cellular phones, games, and so on, it is true that the time of the so called bubble era, when any manga magazines or comic books were unconditionally selling well, has long since passed. However, new characters were born and have grown lively in these new media; it was interesting to note many of these new genre works in this year's screening of the Manga Division. Nevertheless, we found that conventional paper printed manga is still very much alive and that their content and expression remains substantial; this year was especially plentiful. The time I spent in the screening sessions has convinced me that beneath the surface the manga industry is about to turn, and that there will be a wide open land, vast and fertile.

CHIBA Tetsuya
Manga Artist
Born on 1939, at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tsukiji, Tokyo. In November of the same year, moved to the Korean Peninsula and then to Mukden of old Manchuria (present Shenyang, Liaoning province, People's Republic of China) in January 1941. World War ll ended in 1945 and his family withdrew from China in the following year. In 1950, joined his friend's manga doujinshi Manga Club. Debuted as a professional manga-ka with a piece written for a book in 1956. Started the serial manga Mama no Violin in a magazine in 1958 and made his debut in a weekly boy's magazine with Chikai no Makyu in 1961. Major works include 1.2.3 and 4.5.Roku, Yuki no Taiyo, Shidenkai no Taka, Harisu no Kaze, Misokkasu, Ashita no Joe, Ore wa Teppei,* Ashita Tenki ni Naare, *Notari Matsutaro, etc. A standing director of the Japan Cartoonists Association.