Date of Birth: 25. October 1967 Taiyou Matsumoto is a mangaka from Tokyo. Originally he wanted to become a famous soccer player but eventually chose an artistic profession instead. He made his debut in Afternoon Kodanshas monthly seinen manga magazine but is probably best known for his works with Kodanshas rival publisher Shogakukan. He has received critical praise for his unconventional and often surrealist art style. Ping Pong and Blue Spring have both been adapted into liveaction feature films. Furthermore acclaimed animation studio Studio 4C adapted Tekkonkinkreet into an animated feature film in 2006 and in 2014 Tatsunoko Production produced an anime adaptation of Ping Pong which was directed by Masaaki Yuasa. In 2007 he received an Excellence Award for manga at the Japan Media Arts Festival for the art of Takemitsu Zamurai. Taiyo is the cousin of Santa Inoue another critically acclaimed mangaka. His wife Saho Tono is also a mangaka and assists Taiyou with erasing coloring and occasional editorial guidance.