Shinji Mizushima, a prominent mangaka, passed away at the age of 82

Shinji Mizushima, one of Japan's most prolific mangaka, has died at the age of 82. His works include Dokaben, Abu-san, and Yakyu-kyo no Uta.

Shinji Mizushima, a prominent mangaka, passed away at the age of 82

Shinji Mizushima, one of Japan's most prolific mangakas, passed away recently at the age of 82.


According to ANN News, the award-winning mangaka died of pneumonia on January 10, 2022 at a Tokyo hospital.


Shinji Mizushima was born on April 10, 1939, in the Japanese town of Niigata. He began his artistic career in 1958 and has spent all of his time to manga since then, specializing in baseball-themed works and publishing over 500 volumes until he decided to retire in December 2022.


"I have worked hard for 63 years until today, but now I have decided to retire," the artist said at the time. "From the bottom of my heart, I pray for continuing growth in the manga and baseball worlds."


Among all of his works, Abu-san, Yakyu-kyo no Uta, and Dokaben, sleeves with which he rose to prominence in the 1970s, are without a doubt the most notable.


His works, in general, depict happenings in the realm of Japanese baseball, combining fictional characters with real players and coaches.


Mizushima received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Shogakukan Manga Award for Abu-san or the Kodansha Literature Culture Award for his work on Yakyu-kyo no Uta, as well as the Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Rosette award from the Japanese government in 2014 for his contributions to entertainment and culture.


Another of Mizushima's notable accomplishments was publishing Dokaben, the world's longest manga series, with a total of 205 volumes, surpassing Kochikame's "only" 200 volumes.


We at Hobby Consoles would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Shinji Mizushima's family and friends. We shall remember him for the rest of our lives because he leaves behind a rich cultural heritage. Rest in peace, my friend.

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