Born in 1947 in Kyoto Prefecture, MINAMOTO made his debut as a manga artist in 1967. He is known for his distinctive mixture of jokes and serious scenes. In 2004 he received the 8th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award in recognition of his pioneering of new areas in manga and his contributions to manga culture. He was awarded an Excellence Prize at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2010. His works include the Fuunji-tachi (The Adventurers) series, Homohomo7, Chosensha-tachi (The Challengers), and a World Classics series including Don Quixote and Les Miserables.