Born in Hiroshima Prefecture, 1948. Debuted with Yoru ga Aketara (Shonengahosha) in Young Comic in 1968 while studying at Meiji University. Known for a wide range of works, including Kurohata Suikoden, Taisho Jigokuhen (originally by TAKENAKA Ro), Eagle Eagle, and Happo Yabure. Received the 11th, 14th, and 26th Kodansha Manga Awards for After, Chinmoku no Kantai, and ZIPANG, the 51st Shogakukan Manga Award for Taiyo no Mokushiroku, and the Grand Prize in the Manga Division at the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival. Currently runs a series Boku wa Beatles (original by FUJII Testuo), the manga version of a work that won a up-and-coming artists award.