Naoki Urasawa



Screen Name:Naoki URASAWA浦沢 直樹(うらさわ なおき)
Type: Person
Gender: Male
Given name: 直樹
Family name: 浦沢
Birthday: Jan 2, 1960

Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with BETA! in 1983 and hasn't stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (20th Century Boys), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions). Many of his books have spawned popular animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys.

No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and has received the Kodansha Manga Award. Similarly, Monster has been nominated twice for the Eisner Award in America. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.


DAMiYAN! Manga, 2016Author & Illustrator
Tensai-tachi no Kyouen Manga, 2012Author & Illustrator
Master Keaton Remaster Manga, 2012Illustrator
Billy Bat Manga, 2008Author & Illustrator
21st Century Boys Manga, 2006Author & Illustrator
Pluto Manga, 2003Author & Illustrator
Another Monster Light Novel, 2002Author & Illustrator
Shoki no Urasawa Manga, 2000Author & Illustrator
20th Century Boys Manga, 1999Author & Illustrator
Monster Manga, 1994Author & Illustrator
Jigoro! Manga, 1994Author & Illustrator
Happy! Manga, 1993Author & Illustrator
Master Keaton Manga, 1988Illustrator
NASA Manga, 1988Author & Illustrator
Yawara! Manga, 1986Author & Illustrator
Pineapple Army Manga, 1986Illustrator
20 Seiki Shounen: Ujiko Ujio Sakuhinshuu Manga, 2009Story & Art
Dancing Policeman Manga, 1987Story & Art
Mou Hitotsu no Monster: The Investigative Report Novel, 2002Story & Art
Shoki no Urasawa MangaStory & Art

Anime Staff Positions:

Monster TV, 2004Original Work
Master Keaton TV, 1998Original Work
Yawara! Sore Yuke Koshinuke Kids!! Movie, 1992Original Work
Master Keaton (1999) OVA, 1999Original Character Design
Tibetan Dog Movie, 2011Original Character Design
Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl TV, 1989Original Creator
Yawara! Special - Zutto Kimi no Koto ga TV-Special, 1996Original Creator