Japan's Manga Creators React To Disaster

Posted by Grey Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We have earlier posted an article on the "Smile" Twitter campaign launched by the impeccable Takehiko Inoue (井上雄彦). Little did we realize that the entire manga scene is lending support to victims of the Japan disaster.

Apart from the inspiring act of Takehiko Inoue (井上雄彦)' "Smile" Twitter campaign, the manga scene of Japan is coming out strong to lend support to victims of the horrifying Japan disaster.

Iconic mangaka and creator of classic manga Dragonball, Akira Toriyama, has posted this sweet image of a Dragonball/Dr. Slump crossover with a message of support on the Shonen Jump website, as spotted by the folks at Anime News Network.

Itou Noizi, well-known for her work on popular manga like Shakugan no Shana and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, posted the below image of Haruhi in prayer.

Responding to Inoue' Smile collection, Shoujo mangaka Arina Tanemura tweeted the below image.

Elsewhere, Japanese-Canadian artist Nina Matsumoto, the creator of Yokaiden, is also inspired by Inoue as she takes on commissioned drawings of her characters for $25 each, with the proceeds to go to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. Below is a sample of the commissioned work.

At the official website of Kodansha's Morning and Morning 2 magazines, a collective group of well-known creators have gathered to post illustrations with messages of support and encouragement to the victims of the disaster. Thanks to Anime News Network, we have a partial list of the contributors in English.

Kanata Konami (Chi's Sweet Home)
こなみかなたさん(『チーズスイートホーム』)より

Shigeyuki Fukumitsu (Boku no Shōkibo na Seikatsu)
福満しげゆきさん(『僕の小規模な生活』)より

Naoki Urasawa (Billy Bat, 20th Century Boys)
浦沢直樹さん(『BILLY BAT』 ストーリー共同制作 長崎尚志)より

Yoshihiro Taguchi (Dai-3 Kyōshitsu)
田口佳宏さん(『第3教室)より

TAGRO (Hen Zemi)
TAGROさん(『変ゼミ』)より

Mineko Nōmachi (Hitori Gohan no Senaka)
能町みね子さん(『ひとりごはんの背中』)より

Nokiko Shibamoto (Neko Oyaji)
芝本ノキコさん(『猫オヤジ』)より

Makoto Yukimura (Vinland Saga/Planetes)
幸村誠さん(アフタヌーン誌で『ヴィンランド・サガ』連載中/モーニングでは『プラネテス』)より

Shiho Suzuki (Ninpopo 123)
鈴木志保さん(『にんぽぽ123』)より

Yuhki Kamatani (Shōnen Note)
鎌谷悠希さん(『少年ノート』)より

Natsume Ono (Tsuratsura Waraji, House of Five Leaves)
オノ・ナツメさん(『つらつらわらじ』)より

Gonta King (ReMember)
王欣太さん(『ReMember』)より

中川悠京さん(『無限島』)より

青空大地さん(『昆虫探偵ヨシダヨシミ』/『ヒグさん』連載予定)より

フェリーペ・スミスさん(『PEEPO CHOO ピポチュー』)より

星野泰視さん(『デラシネマ』)より

うえやまとちさん(『クッキングパパ』)より
YOVOVAさん(『Canned Town ─缶詰の街─』)より

山下和美さん(『天才 柳沢教授の生活』『不思議な少年』)より

一色まことさん(『ピアノの森』)より

江口夏実さん(『鬼灯の冷徹』)より

オキモト・シュウさん(『神の雫』 作 亜樹直)より

田島隆さん、東風孝広さん(『特上カバチ!!』)より

【特別参加】二ノ宮知子さんより

弘兼憲史さん(『社長 島耕作』)より

横山キムチさん(『ねこだらけ』)より

カレー沢薫さん(『クレムリン』)より

池田邦彦さん(『カレチ』)より

鈴屋あやめさん(『いったり・きたり』)より

なかいま強さん(『ライスショルダー』)より

諸星大二郎さん(『西遊妖猿伝 西域篇』)より

玉川重機さん(『草子ブックガイド』)より

アダチケイジさん(『グラゼニ』 原作 森高夕次)より


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