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For the character based on Fujiko appearing in the Time Patrol Bon franchise, see Tarao Tarako.

Hiroshi Fujimoto (藤本 弘), better known as Fujiko F. Fujio (藤子・F・不二雄) (December 1, 1933 - September 23, 1996) was a manga artist mostly known for his works on the Doraemon series. Other notable works he created include Perman, Kiteretsu Encyclopedia, Esper Mami, Pokonyan, Time Patrol Bon, and Chimpui.

Biography[]

Born as Hiroshi Fujimoto, he met his future comic drawing partner Abiko Motoo when he was in fifth grade at an elementary school in his native Toyama. He was impressed by the intelligence and thorough nature of Abiko's story writing style even at that age, and started to draw comic together (although only as a hobby at the time) which continued for over the next 40 years.

In 1952 they made a comic titled "Tenshi no Tamachan" and two years later they moved to Tokyo to pursue their professional career. They were mentored briefly by Osamu Tezuka (of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion fame) after coming to Tokyo like so many young comic artists of the time. Later they recalled seeing a stack of papers few feet high at Tezuka's house which were rejects of his comic pages. Tezuka's standards was so high that even under close inspection they couldn't tell what was wrong with the material. They helped Tezuka pen the last pages of Kimba the White Lion during that period.

In 1956 they formed Shin Manga-To with Fujio Akatsuka and Shotaro Ishinomori (of Kamen Rider, Kikaida, and Cyborg 009 fame). They were a close knit group of comic writer friends back then who had similar backgrounds of leaving their birth place and coming to Tokyo to start their careers. In the late '50s and early '60s Abiko with Fujimoto mostly penned action adventure comics oriented towards pre-teen boys such as the "Big One", "Silver Cross", and "Umi no Ooji". In 1964 they co-authored Obake no Q-taro which later became an animated cartoon series which saw widespread syndication all over the world, including North America and Hong Kong. They continued their prolific career in the '60s and the '70s by penning other cartoons which saw animated syndication such as Perman, Kaibutsu-Kun, and Doraemon. One of their works, Ninja Hattori-kun, became a TV series acted by live-action actors.

Later in the '70s, Fujiko started writing comics for adults, often depicting the surreal side of society as fiction which included the return of Obake no Q-Taro to the family of now grown up ex-friend Sho-chan. Q-Taro in this episode finds that reality of society robbed the youthful dreams of his ex-friends and returns to his spiritual world disappointed. They also penned a semi-autobiographical comic of their life and career at that time with Fujimoto being depicted as somewhat naive main character.

In 1987 Fujimoto dissolved the partnership with Abiko, and for the first time in over 40 years, they decided to pursue their own careers with Fujimoto taking the pen name Fujiko F. Fujio, and Abiko taking the pen name Fujiko Fujio (A).

He died from liver failure at the age of 62 in 1996 while writing the script for Doraemon: Nobita and the Spiral City.

Awards[]

  • 1963 - Shogakukan Manga Award for Old Song and Tebukuro Tecchan.
  • 1981 – Kawasaki City’s Cultural Prize (川崎市文化賞).
  • 1982 – Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.
  • 1989 – Film Special Meritorious Prize (映画特別功労賞).
  • 1989 - Golden Gloss Prize (ゴールデングロス賞?).
  • 1996 - Culture Fighter Award[1]
  • 1997 – The first Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

Gallery[]

Movies Written[]

Trivia[]

  • In the manga, Fujiko often made several cameo appearances together with Fujiko Fujio A under their in-universe avatars and even have some speaking lines as well.
    • Fujiko also appeared in the Time Patrol Bon series under the name of "Tarao Tarako" (タラ子タラ夫), an unpopular manga artist who has a fear of height and died from the accident before he was saved by Bon and Yumiko.
  • Some countries have had their characters' names changed to follow the original Japanese names closer, respecting the wishes of the late Fujiko F. Fujio, who remarked "I hope that the Asian region will be reorganized into a Japanese transliteration."

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