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Sanpei was best known as a Japanese manga artist (Kamui).
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Sanpei Shirato's death was likely due to aspiration pneumonia.
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Sanpei Shirato
岡本 登
Born
Noboru Okamoto
白土 三平

(1932-02-15)February 15, 1932
Tokyo, Japan
DiedOctober 8, 2021(2021-10-08) (aged 89)
Occupationmanga artist. essayist
Years active1957-1987
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Noboru Okamoto (岡本 登, Okamoto Noboru, February 15, 1932 – October 8, 2021), known by the pen name Sanpei Shirato (白土 三平, Shirato Sanpei), was a Japanese manga artist and essayist known for his social criticism as well as his realistic drawing style and the characters in his scenarios. He is considered a pioneer of the gekiga genre of adult-oriented manga. The son of the Japanese proletarian painter Toki Okamoto, his dream to become an artist equal with his father started when he became a Kamishibai artist. He is also known for his work published in the early issues of the manga anthology magazine Garo in 1964, which he began publishing so as to serialize his comic Kamui.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Manga career
3 Death
4 Works
5 See also
6 References
Early life
Shirato was born in Tokyo, Japan. In Shirato's childhood his father was active in the proletarian culture movement, being one of the few people to be photographed with the tortured corpse of proletarian leader Kobayashi Takiji. As he grew up he experienced the rancor of the war years, and it is said that these grim emotions come out in the nihilistic society portrayed in his works.
Shirato developed his artistic style through painting picture-card shows (kamishibai) after finishing middle school at 18. He was influenced by the Ukiyo-e of the pre-Meiji period, but differed in his portrayal of action in a multi-panel "slow motion" style unique to his manga. His style of action portrayal came from the tension building techniques inherent in the performance aspect of Kami-shibai.
Manga career
Shirato started his career as a professional manga artist in 1957 with Ninja bugeichō ("Ninja martial arts handbook," published 1959-1962), a historically-based ninja-themed manga that captured the attention of students and intellectuals of the time. This violent epic tale set in Japan's "Warring States" (Sengoku) period was seen by many readers and critics as a thinly-veiled allegory for the ongoing Anpo Protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty (although Shirato himself later denied this was his intention). Regardless of Shirato's true intentions, the manga seemed to correspond to the feelings and experiences student protesters were going through at the time, and Ninja bugeichō developed an avid following among left-leaning student activists. Because its adult themes and graphic violence, Ninja bugeichō has been cited as one of the first examples of gekiga, or serious manga aimed specifically at adult audiences rather than children.
The Legend of Kamui, the first series published in Garo, can be considered his most important manga work. It is the story of Kamui, a ninja who leaves an organization that pursues him and clearly sees the true nature of the Edo period and the discrimination that existed in the feudal system. Shirato's works are primarily historical dramas that focus on ninja, present a historical record of Japan, and criticize oppression, discrimination, and exploitation.
Many of Shirato's works have been adapted as anime series and films, including Ninja bugeichō, adapted by Nagisa Oshima as Band of Ninja in 1967, an unusual film consisting only of images from the manga and voiceovers with no animation. Some works have received attention in the United States, such as The Legend of Kamui, which was released in 1987 by Viz Media, but others remain relatively unknown.
Death
He died on October 8, 2021 at the age of 89 due to aspiration pneumonia. The news of his death was announced by the editorial department of Big Comic on October 26, 2021. It was also reported that his brother Tetsuji Okamoto (岡本 鉄二氏, Okamoto Tetsuji) died four days later of interstitial pneumonia.
Works
Kogarashi Kenshi (1957)
Shiryō (1958)
Kieyuku Shōjo (1959)
Ninja Bugeichō (1959–1962)
Kaze no Ishimaru (1960)
Seton's Wild Animals (1961–1964)
Sasuke (1961–1966)
Kamui series (1964–1986)
Watari (1965–1966)
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