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A Year in Comics - March 10th

Doraemon & Nobita - Doraemon


Fujiko Fujio... is a unique case among manga artists, as 'he' is in fact 'they', but one rarely talks of the one without mentioning the other - and thus, this entry will cover the work of both.

Fujiko Fujio A is the pen name of Motoo Abiko, who was born on March 10th 1934; while Fujiko F Fujio was the pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto, who was born on December 1st 1933, both in the Japanese Toyama prefecture.  Not long after Abiko transferred to Fujimoto's elementary school, he happened to notice Fujimoto drawing in his notebook.  The two became lifelong friends, but hid their drawings from their friends and classmates out of embarrasment.

Fans of Osamu Tezuka's work, the two made an episcope and wrote a work for it, their first joint project.  Soon they started submitting work to periodical publications, depositing the income into a joint savings account which they used to purchase their art supplies - throughout their partnership, they would continue to divide all income and expenses equally between each other.  Already in 1951, while they were still in high school, their first major series, Tenshi no Tama-chan, was serialised, and later that same year they visited their idol, Osamu Tezuka, showing him illustrations for another one of their works, Ben Hur.  Following the encounter, they made their partnership permanent, originally naming it Tezuka Fujio but later changing the name to Azhizuka Fujo.

After their graduation in 1952, both Fujimoto and Abiko took company jobs, with the former working in a confectioner company, and the latter with a newspaper.  However, Fujimoto quit his job soon after a workplace accident when his arm was caught in machinery, and subsequently decided to become a professional manga artist, with Abiko assisting him during the weekends.  In 1954, the pair moved to Tokyo, forming a collaborative group with a number of other artists.  Soon they were carrying up to six serials a month - however this soon proved too much, and soon after the 1955 New Year they missed the deadlines for all of their serials.  Following this disaster, Fujimoto and Abiko split up temporally, concentrating on solo projects, such as making independent films.  In 1959 they moved to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; in 1962, Fujimoto got married.

In 1963, Fujimoto and Abiko established the Studio Zero, which soon grew to a studio employing around 80 people, producing several animated films such as the 1963 Astro Boy animé series, which would go on to become the first Japanese anime series to air on US television, airing on NBC from September 1963.  During this time, Fujimoto and Abiko themselves produced many series, such as Obake no Q-Taro; however they also started diverging in subjects, with Abiko concentrating on series for mature audiences, while Fujimoto created children's series, mostly inspired by science fiction.

In 1969, the pair created their most famous series: Doraemon, about a boy called Nobita who encounters a robot cat from the future, Doraemon, sent to him by his future descendants to right the desastrous mistakes he made (or will make) that left (or will leave) them in poverty.  However, more often Doraemon's solutions end up causing even more problems, especially in Nobita's hands.  The series was an instant success, running from December 1969 to June 1996, and was adapted into an animé series in 1973 (26 episodes), 1979 (1787 episodes!!), and 2005 (789 episodes as of December 31st 2016)

Following Fujimoto's diagnosis of liver cancer and heart disease in 1986, Fujimoto and Abiko ended their partnership so they could settle issues of copyright and finances.  However, they continued to work together, under the banner of Fujiko Productions, with their studios based in adjoining buildings.  Unfortunately, Fujimoto - Fujiko F. Fujio - eventually succumbed to his illness on September 23rd 1996 at the age of 62.

Currently, Abiko - Fujiko Fujio A - is still active, his latest work being Par Man no Jounetsuteki na Hibi, which has been ongoing since 2007.

For their work, Fujiko Fujio have been awarded numerous prizes, including the inaugural Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Grand Prize.  Doraemon itself has become a cultural ambassador of Japan, appearing even during the 2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony to promote the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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SoyaBeans Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I only really watched Doraemon when I was on holiday in Italy a few years ago. The anime series is really popular in the area I was staying in with a lot of toys available in the shops. My brother and I tended to watched it when we weren't really doing anything. Never understood a word of it though as it was the Italian dub. It was still charming none the less.

I never knew it created by two people but its quite interesting to learn about the impact they had. 
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MrWonderWorks Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I Have Some Big News, Doraemon Is Back On Disney XD Starting March 22!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not our Disney XD though.  That is and always has been completely devoid of anime. :/
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MrWonderWorks Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Say Where Continent Are You From?
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Belgium, Europe.
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I wonder what kind of "mature audiences" work one half of the Doraemon team was working on?  Also Doraemon is fantastic XD  AAAAH lovely Shizuka-chan <3  how many times has Nobita seen her naked by now, I wonder?  The current TV series even has an episode where she intentionally transforms herself into an adorable wolf-girl when one of Nobita's idiotic schemes gets waaaaay out of hand and he can't stop freezing things as a Snow Woman... XD
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, Fujiko Fujio A was working on such series as Ninja Hattori-kun (1964), about a young ninja; Kaibutsu-kun (1965), about a demon-prince, aided by Dracula, the Wolfman and Franken(stein), who have to battle a group of monsters who want to take over both the Demon-realm and the world; but most notably The Laughing Salesman, a series about a mysterious salesman who offers people a deal that can improve their lives, but who, if those people then go on to either falsely take credit for their successes through his deal, or use the deal to try and backstab him, goes on to totally destroy their lives...
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man!  Those are some crazy sounding things!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a real shame that apart of Doraemon, none of their other series has ever been translated (or in the case of the animé, dubbed) into English... T_T
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaah that's true.  I looked up The Laughing Salesman and uh... well all of the titles you mentioned!   Seems there have been some live adaptations for all of them!  Or almost all of them.  Wow, for the ninja one, that girl with the green hair, what a cute design!
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benitezdk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
    ... Doraemon, a helpsome robot cat! :eyepopping: ... I like it! ... :heart: 
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :hug:
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ElementalSunburst Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad Doraemon is still popular, he's like the anime version of Mickey Mouse.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He always holds a fond place in my heart, Doraemon was the very first manga series I ever read, way before manga even became popular over here.  I literally grew up with a set of Doraemon lying next to my bed...
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ElementalSunburst Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's nice, was the manga hard to find?
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes and no - a translated version of the manga was only published over here a couple of years ago.  However, my mother had lived in Japan for a number of years, and she brought along a set when she returned...
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