Japanese cartoonist known for his well-known Ginga (Metallic Fang) manga series. He earned the 1987 Shogakukan Manga Honor. He released his 1st manga, Genkotsu Boy, in 1974. His Ginga manga presented a canine hero and influenced a favorite anime creation. He was raised in the town of Higashinaruse in Japan’s Akita Prefecture. He and Eiichiro Oda both got successful professions as Japanese manga performers.