Hirohiko Araki

荒木飛呂彦, Toshiyuki Araki (荒木利之)
Birth:Jun 7, 1960
Years active:1980-Present
Hometown:Sendai, Japan
Hirohiko Araki is a manga artist. He left school before graduation from Miyagi University of Education. Araki is best known for his longrunning series JoJos Bizarre Adventure published in Weekly Shonen Jump starting in 1987. The story is full of references to Western music and Italy both of which Araki is reportedly very fond. Many of Arakis creations have been translated and released in Europe but so far only JoJos Bizarre Adventure and Baoh have been released in the United States. One popular theory is that Arakis frequent references to Western music may violate American copyright laws. Viz has eluded much of this problem in JoJos Bizarre Adventure by replacing some band references with album or song references which do not appear to be as strictly guarded. Araki is a recipient of the Tezuka Award. Source: JoJos Bizarre Encyclopedia