Just in case anyone has the Monday Blues … here's Shigeru Mizuki in a wig for you. pic.twitter.com/BHfROnd3VP
— Zack Davisson (@ZackDavisson) February 17, 2014
Shigeru Mizuki was born in 1924, meaning he is 90 years old. He served in World War Ii for Japan and lost his left arm in the conflict. His fictionalized account of the war, Onwards toward Our Noble Deaths, won an Eisner Award and is considered a manga classic. As are many of his countless other works. Anyway, as the above tweet shows, sometimes he just likes to kick back and enjoy life and wear a wig. Other times he just likes to eat a burger.
Shouldn’t we all try to enjoy life the way Mizuki-sensei does?
Although his manga that has been translated into English have been his more serious historical works, such as the ongoing Mizuki is beset know for his yokai—or monsters. To help you enjoy the day a bit more, here are some excepts from Yōkaii Daizukai, an illustrated guide to monster anatomy.
IN Japan, Mizuki is perhaps the most famous living manga-ka, as Jason Thopmson called him, the Charles Shultz of Japan. More on his life in the link.
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