Manga Critic and Associate Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University
Born 1967 in Aichi Prefecture. He graduated from the Nagoya University's School of Science. Since 2009, he has been an associate professor of the Department of Manga at Tokyo Polytechnic University. He is the author of Tezuka Is Dead: Postmodernist and Modernist Approaches to Japanese Comics (NTT publishing, 2005), which has been acclaimed as a groundbreaking work in manga critique and research. He specializes in manga representation theory and character culture theory. At university he teaches manga drawing as well as theoretical research. He is also a part-time instructor in the Department of Arts Policy and Management at Musashino Art University.