Disappearance Diary Manga Author Hideo Azuma Passes Away at 69

His farewell party is planned to be held soon

It is confirmed today that acclaimed Japanese manga artist Hideo Azuma passed away at a hospital in Tokyo on October 13. He was 69. He had received treatment for esophageal cancer. His funeral was already held by his relatives, and his farewell party is planned to be held soon.


Hideo Azuma was born on February 6, 1950, in Hokkaido, then started his professional career as a manga artist in 1969. He was well known for his science fiction and comedy works featuring bishoujo characters and was called the founder of the Japanese otaku and "moe" culture. After gaining huge popularity in the 1970s, he came to a standstill, disappeared for a long time twice and was hospitalized due to alcohol intoxication. In 2005, he published a manga journal of his experience titled Shissou Nikki / Disappearance Diary, which was critically acclaimed and received the Grand Prizes in the 9th Japan Media Arts Awards and the 10th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.



The announcement on his official Twitter:



His notable manga works include:


  • "Futari to 5-nin" (1974–1976) 
  • "Olympus no Pollon" (1977) 
  • "Yakekuso Tenshi" (1977–1980)
  • "Fujouri Nikki" (1979)
  • "Nanako SOS" (1983–1986) 
  • "Shissou Nikki / Disappearance Diary" (2005)
  • "Utsu Utsu Gideo Nikki" (2006) 
  • "Toubou Nikki" (2006–2007)




Source: Hideo Azuma official Twitter, Sankei


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