(1951-02-09) February 9, 1951 (age 65)
Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture
assistant to Shinji Nagashima
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Mitsuru Adachi (あだち 充 or 安達 充, Adachi Mitsuru, born February 9, 1951 in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist. After graduating from Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Commercial High School in 1969, Adachi worked as an assistant for Isami Ishii. He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kieta Bakuon, based on a manga originally created by Satoru Ozawa. Kieta was published in Deluxe Shōnen Sunday (a manga magazine published by Shogakukan) .
Adachi is well known for romantic comedy and sports manga (especially baseball) such as Touch, H2, Slow Step, Miyuki and Cross Game. He has been described as a writer of "delightful dialogue", a genius at portraying everyday life, "the greatest pure storyteller", and "a master manga artist". He is one of the few manga artists to write for shōnen, shōjo, and seinen manga magazines, and be popular in all three.
His works have been carried in manga magazines such as Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Ciao, Shōjo Comic, Big Comic, and Petit Comic, and most of his works are published through Shogakukan and Gakken. He was one of the flagship authors in the new Monthly Shōnen Sunday magazine which began publication in June 2009. Two short story collections, Short Program and Short Program 2 (both through Viz Media), have been released in North America, and Viz Media scheduled to begin publishing Cross Game in October 2010. The first volume was released on October 12.
He modeled the spelling of あだち (rather than 安達) for his family name after the example of his older brother, manga artist Tsutomu Adachi. In addition, it has been suggested that the accurate portrayal of sibling rivalry in Touch may come from Adachi's experiences while growing up with his older brother. Adachi did the character designs for the OVA anime series Nozomi Witches, so he is sometimes incorrectly given credit for creating the original series.
Prior to 1969, Adachi began submitting works to the manga magazine COM. In 1969, he followed his older brother's lead and moved to Tokyo to begin work as an assistant to manga artist Isami Ishii The following year, he made his professional debut with Kieta Bakuon. He continued publishing various short stories and shorter series throughout the 1970s based on works created by others, the most well known being his adaptation of Rainbowman from 1972 to 1973. In 1978, he published his first original series, Nine, in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. He published two other original series, Hiatari Ryōkō! from 1979 to 1981 in Weekly Shōjo Comic, and Miyuki from 1980-1984 in Shōnen Big Comic.
Adachi became a household name with the publication of his series Touch from 1981 to 1986 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. In 1982, Hiatari Ryōkō! was adapted into a live action TV drama series. The following year, 1983, was a big year for Adachi. He received the 28th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen/shōjo manga his two series Touch and Miyuki. His Miyuki series was adapted into both an anime TV series and a live-action film, and Nine was adapted into three films, with another following in 1984.
Touch was adapted into an anime TV series in 1985, and the series ran for two years on Fuji TV. Adachi's romantic shōjo manga series, Slow Step was serialized in Ciao from 1986 to 1991, and another romantic comedy series, Rough, appeared in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1987 to 1989. Adachi then released Niji Iro Tōgarashi, a fantasy medieval romantic comedy manga series, from 1990 to 1992 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday.
Jinbē, a romantic comedy about the relationship between a stepfather and stepdaughter, was serialized in Big Comic Original from 1992 to 1997. Adachi's longest manga series, H2 was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1992 to 1999 and compiled in 34 volumes. This manga was adapted into an anime TV series which aired on TV Asahi from 1995 to 1996.
From 2000 to 2001, Adachi published a fantasy romantic comedy series in Weekly Shōnen Sunday titled Itsumo Misora. His next longer series was the boxing romantic comedy, Katsu!, published from 2001 to 2005 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. In 2005, H2 was adapted into a live action drama series aired on TBS in Japan, and Touch was adapted into a live action movie released by Toho. He also began his manga series Cross Game, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The following year, Rough was adapted into a live action movie, also released by Toho.
Due to achieving total manga sales numbering over 200 million volumes, Weekly Shōnen Sunday devoted issue 26 in 2008 to Adachi and his works. In 2009, Adachi won the 54th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga for Cross Game, which was adapted into an anime TV series which began airing on TV Tokyo in April 2009.
Adachi began Q and A in the inaugural issue of Monthly Shōnen Sunday in June 2009. Asaoka High School Baseball Club Diary: Over Fence began in the April 27, 2011 issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday. In May 2012 he finished Q and A and began his new series, Mix, a semi-sequel to Touch set 30 years later, in the June 2012 issue of Monthly Shōnen Sunday. Adachi's works have sold over 200 million copies.
In chronological order.
Many of Adachi's short works have been collected in Short Program, an anthology series with four volumes. He has also had a set of related short stories serialized in Big Comic Original and collected in one volume as Bōken Shōnen. These stories are about men connecting (sometimes literally) with their youth.
These series were based on works originally created by another author or artist.
|Years||Name||Total number of volumes||Anthology||Original creator||Japanese publisher|
|October 1972 - October 1973||Rainbowman||4||TV Magazine||Kōhan Kawauchi||Shōgakukan|
|1975, issues 2-34||Fang Match (牙戦, Kibasen)||Weekly Shōnen Sunday||Kai Takizawa|
|April 1975 - March 1976||Hirahira-kun Youthful Duty (ヒラヒラくん青春仁義, Hirahira-kun Seishun Jingi)||Chūichi Course||Mamoru Sasaki|
|1976, issues 34-51||First Love Kōshien (初恋甲子園, Hatsukoi Kōshien)||Weekly Shōjo Comic||Jūzō Yamasaki|
|1976–1977||Hirahira-kun Seishun Ondo||Mamoru Sasaki|
|1977, issues 15-46||Crybaby Kōshien (泣き虫甲子園, Nakimushi Kōshien)||Weekly Shōjo Comic||Jūzō Yamasaki|
|1977–1978||Hirahira-kun Seishun Taiko||Weekly Shōjo Comic||Mamoru Sasaki|
|1979, issues 8-19||Rise, Setting Sun!! (夕陽よ昇れ!!, Sekiyō yo Nobore!!)||Weekly Shōjo Comic||Jūzō Yamasaki|
These are original series created by Adachi.
|Years||Name||Total number of volumes||Anthology||Japanese publisher|
|October 1978 - November 1980||Nine||5||Monthly Shōnen Sunday Zōkan||Shōgakukan|
|1979–1980||Oira Hōkago Wakadaishō||2||Kodama Shuppan|
|1979 issue 2 - 1981 issue 15||Hiatari Ryōkō!||5||Shōjo Comic||Shōgakukan|
|1980 issue 17 -1984 issue 18||Miyuki||12||Shōnen Big Comic|
|1981 issue 36 -1986 issue 50||Touch||26||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|September 1986 - March 1991||Slow Step||7||Ciao (magazine)|
|1987 issue 17 - 1989 issue 40||Rough||12||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|1990 issue 4/5 - 1992 issue 19||Niji Iro Tōgarashi||11||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|20 June 1992 - 20 March 1997||Jinbē||1||Big Comic Original|
|1992 issue 32 - 1999 issue 50||H2||34||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|2000 issue 22/23 - 2001 issue 24||Itsumo Misora||5||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|2001 issue 36/37 - 2005 issue||Katsu!||16||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|2005–2010||Cross Game||17||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|May 12, 2009 - March 12, 2012||Q and A||6||Monthly Shōnen Sunday|
|April 27, 2011 – Present||Asaoka High School Baseball Club Diary: Over Fence||0||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|May 12, 2012 – present||Mix||9+||Monthly Shōnen Sunday|