Jiro Taniguchi

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Jiro Taniguchi
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Jiro Taniguchi at Lucca Comics and Games in 2011
Born(1947-08-14)August 14, 1947
Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, Japan
DiedFebruary 11, 2017(2017-02-11) (aged 69)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Manga artist
Notable works Bocchan No Jidai
Haruka na Machi e
Notable awards Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (1998)

Jiro Taniguchi(谷口 ジロー,Taniguchi Jirō, 14 August 1947 – 11 February 2017) was a Japanese manga writer/artist. In France he was knighted a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011. [1]

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Jiro Taniguchi at Angouleme International Comics Festival in 2015. FIBD2015JiroTaniguchi2.jpg
Jiro Taniguchi at Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2015.
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Extract from Aruku Hito ( The Walking Man )

Taniguchi began his career as an assistant of manga artist Kyuuta Ishikawa. He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kareta Heya (A Desiccated Summer), published in the magazine Young Comic.

From 1978 to 1986, he created several hard-boiled comics with the scenarist Natsuo Sekigawa, such as City Without Defense, The Wind of the West is White and Lindo 3. From 1987 to 1996, Taniguchi and Natsuo Sekigawa produced the 5-volume series Botchan no Jidai. In the 1990s, he came up with several albums, among which Aruku Hito(歩くひと), Chichi no Koyomi(父の暦), and Hitobito Shirīzu: Keyaki no Ki(人びとシリーズ「けやきのき」).

In 1980-1983, he collaborated with Garon Tsuchiya for the manga Blue Fighter(青の戦士,Ao no Senshi), Knuckle Wars(ナックル・ウォーズ,Nakkuru Wōzu) and Live! Odyssey(LIVE! オデッセイ).

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Jiro Taniguchi gained several prizes for his work. Among others, the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1998) for the series Botchan no Jidai, the Shogakukan prize with Inu o Kau, and in 2003, the Alph'Art of the best scenario at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (France) for A Distant Neighborhood . His work has been translated in many languages. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro praised his work, stating that "Taniguchi was a manga poet. The Kieslowski of the page. A serene, profound observer of the world." [2]

A Distant Neighborhood was adapted into a live-action Belgian film in 2010.

Taniguchi died on 11 February 2017 in Tokyo, at the age of 69. [3]


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  1. "L'auteur japonais de bande dessinée Jiro Taniguchi est mort". Huffington Post France (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. Guillermo del Toro [@RealGDT] (14 February 2017). "Jiro Taniguchi was a manga poet. The Kieslowski of the page. A serene, profound observer of the world" (Tweet). Retrieved 20 February 2017 via Twitter.
  3. Kelly, Seth (11 February 2017). "Japanese Manga Legend Jiro Taniguchi Dies at 69". Variety. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. Source for English title: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/ABrightBlueSky