This month, we have lost 2 of the greatest mangaka in the industry, Kazuhiko Katou aka "Monkey Punch" and Kazuo Koike, who were both close friends/rivals and their deaths were close as well. Monkey Punch passed away at age 81 on April 11, 2019 due to pneumonia while
Here are their short bios
Born in Hamanakka, Hokkaido, Japan on May 26, 1937, Katou began his long career as a manga author in 1965, when his series Playboy School was published in Futabasha's Manga Story magazine. His most famous creation, Lupin III, began serialization in Futabasha's Manga Action in July of 1968, and was later adapted into a TV anime beginning in 1971 which produced numerous sequel series, theatrical films, and TV specials. During his long career, Katou earned such merits as the San Diego Comic Convention's INKPOT Award, the Rome Comic Festival ROMICS d'Oro Award, the AMD Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Tokyo Anime Award Lifetime Achievement Award. He also gave lectures at major universities on the art of manga.
Koike was born in Akita Prefecture on May 8, 1936. He worked in various media including novels, manga story writings, films, TV drama, stage plays, and song lyrics. He was known for his internationally popular manga works, such as Shurayuki-hime/Lady Snowblood (1972-1973/illustrated by Kazuo Kamimura), Kozure Ookami/Lone Wolf and Cub (1970-1976/Goseki Kojima), and Crying Freeman (1986-1988/Ryoichi Ikegami). He also opened his private school "Koike Kazuo Gekigason Jyuku" in 1977 to foster young manga artists and support their professional debut. Manga artists who learned under his guidance at the school include Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha), Tetsuo Hara (Fist of The North Star), and Keisuke Itagaki (Baki).
"Monkey Punch, Kazuhiko Kato-san. You were the parents who raised me, 'Actor Kiyoshi Kobayashi,' and also my war buddies. Speaking of war buddies, there are people I cannot forget: Yasuo Yamada, Goro Naya, Eiko Masuyama, and Makio Inoue. All of them were my buddies who had lived in the Lupin The Third world created by Kazuhiko Kato. Let me play in this fascinating Lupin world with my current buddies, including Kanichi Kurita, and the people who are involved in Lupin The Third, for a little more while, please. I am really thankful to you. May you rest in peace."
Makio Inoue (Goemon Ishikawa/1977-2010)
"The death of the leading figure in the manga/anime world gives me a feeling of 'The giant star is lost.'"
Daisuke Namikawa (Goemon Ishikawa/2011-present)
"When I was almost crushed by pressure, 'It was good.' When I was fighting against anxiety, wondering
if it was good, 'It was wonderful.' When I became nervous because I went too far at an event, 'It is so
fun that I want to keep watching.' Sensei always solved anything with one word. He loved and was curious
about new things. By just being around, he was able to create lovely and healing atmosphere, making
everyone smile so naturally. I want to talk to him again, like we did in Hamanaka-cho. For now, I will keep
doing my best to colorize the world he created most beautifully. I am so appreccite it. I would like to offer
my deepest sympathies."
Eiko Masuyama (Fujiko Mine: 1977-2010)
"For an actor, encounters with works are everything. I am grateful to Monkey Punch-sensei that I was able
to meet Fujiko Mine, which became my treasure."
Miyuki Sawashiro (Fujiko Mine: 2011-present)
"I feel really...really sad that I cannot reply to his forever smile one more time..."
Koichi Yamadera (Koichi Zenigata: 2011-present)
"I am very shocked. When I inherited Inspector Zenigata from Goro Naya-san, I was full of anxiety and
pressure. But I clearly remember that I was impressed by very kind words from Sensei. I also had an
honor to join the events in his home town, Hamanaka-cho, Hokkaido, several times together. He treated
the people in the town and us with a smile all the time, and even willingly agreed to give his autograph for
the charity goods, which I suddenly requested. I think that brushing up my skills as voice actor and playing
the character Inspector Zenigata that he created with all my efforts is my best repaying for his kindness.
Taka: My favorite episode in Samurai Champloo was probably Ep 22.
Feb 3, 2020 5:22:08 GMT
Dream: The one with zombies excavating for treasure? Think that one's the most out there of episodes in the series. Mine's probably the one involving Mugen busting a counterfeit coin ring while trying to get nookie from a ninja girl disguised as a prostitute.
Feb 3, 2020 11:16:36 GMT
Master Menos: Updates complete. As for a life update, I'm quitting my fast food job soon. Was good for my very first job, but things are getting FAR too chaotic for my tastes.
Feb 6, 2020 22:06:13 GMT
Dream: Far as job front goes on my end, still waiting on projects to start up with my freelance job. Beyond that, nothing new for other work in my search.
Feb 6, 2020 22:42:02 GMT
Dream: Just completed Spice and Wolf. Plan to work on a review for it sometime tomorrow. Too late to have any inhibition to get one done from my end.
Feb 7, 2020 3:17:29 GMT
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT