Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese manga author, Died at 93


Shigeru Mizuki was born on March 8, 1922, and died on November 30, 2015.

He was a Japanese manga artist, most known for his Japanese horror manga GeGeGe no Kitarō (Japanese: ゲゲゲの鬼太郎, lit. “spooky Kitarou”) – originally titled Hakaba Kitarō. “Kitarou of the Graveyard”) – Kappa no Sanpei, and Akuma-kun.

Originally from Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture, Shigeru currently resides in Chōfu, Tokyo.

His pen-name, Mizuki, comes from the time when he managed an inn called ‘Mizuki Manor’ while he drew pictures for kamishibai.

A specialist in stories of yokai (a subgenre in Japanese horror), Shigeru is considered a master of the genre.

Shigeru is also known for his World War II memoirs and his work as a biographer.

Born in the coastal town of Sakaiminato, Shigeru was originally named Shigeru Mura, the second of three sons.

Described as a drifting, curious child, his earliest pursuits included copious amounts of drawing and hearing ghost stories from a local woman he nicknamed “Nononba”.

Shigeru passed away at age 93 in November 2015.