|Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop |
Step Award (for new manga artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award (named after the famous
artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist of Nobuhiro Watsuki,
Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 with Bustu Zone, and action series based on
Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga Shaman King, which debuted in 1998,
became a hit, and was adapted into a TV series. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American
comics, and robot anime among his many influences.
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