松本零士, Akira Matsumoro, 松本晟
Birth:Jan 25, 1938
Death:Feb 13, 2023
Hometown:Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/leijimatsumoto Matsumotos art might take some getting used to but he is renowned for coming up with great stories and brilliant new concepts. Debuting in 1953 with a 16 page manga Mitsubachi no Bouken in Manga Shounen he has authored nearly thirty manga series. His big break came in 1971 in the years between 53 and 71 he mostly produced Shoujo manga much to his displeasure. In the late 70s and the early 80s there was a big Matsumotoboom when he drew his best known series. After that things became more quiet around him but the late 90s show a revival. The trademarks of Matsumoto are his unusual artstyle the space opera and the manly romance stories. In 1997 Matsumoto began to create new adventures of Captain Harlock which can be admired on the Web in Japanese and in English. One of Matsumoto Reijis former assistants is Sennou Knifehttps://anilist.co/staff/99382 who was also an assistant of Maki Miyakohttps://anilist.co/staff/114821/. He went solo in the mid80s and enjoyed modest success with Yami no Silhouette. His real name is Matsumoto Akira. Reiji is a pseudonym and means something like Zero Warrior. His name is often rendered in romaji as Matsumoto Leiji. Matsumoto is married to Maki Miyako. He died of heart failure on February 13 2023 in a hospital in Tokyo.