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.


You’re welcome.

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.


  1. God I love Mizuki.

    Mizuku has an amazing ability of capturing the eb and flo of daily life while mixing it with Japanese monster that never really take you out of the story. The monsters come out organically and are integral to overall story. Even when he’s going full monster and Japanese Folklore, like Kitaro, there seems to be a daily life to seem that makes them seem not so different than us.

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