Shinji Nagashima
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Shinji Nagashima
Shinji Nagashima
Shinji Nagashima, manga artist
Shin'ichi Nagashima

(1937-07-08)July 8, 1937
DiedJune 10, 2005(2005-06-10) (aged 67)
Educationassistant to Osamu Tezuka
Known forManga
MovementSh?nen manga, Seinen manga, Alternative manga
AwardsShogakukan Manga Award
Japan Cartoonists Association Award

Shin'ichi Nagashima ( , Nagashima Shin'ichi, July 8, 1937 - June 10, 2005), better known by the pen name Shinji Nagashima ( , Nagashima Shinji), was a Japanese manga artist born in Tokyo, Japan. His pseudonym came about due to a publisher's error when printing his name, and he continued using the pseudonym after that.

His oldest son is classical guitarist Shiki Nagashima.


From the time he was in junior high school, Nagashima aspired to become a manga artist. After dropping out of school during junior high, he worked as a paperboy and a tofu salesman. He made his professional debut as a manga artist in 1952 with his story Sansho no Piri-chan (?).

After becoming acquainted with Osamu Tezuka due to occasionally living at Tokiwa-s?, he became Tezuka's assistant. While there, he formed the group Musashi Production with artists including Atsushi Sugimura (who was working under the pseudonym Kontar?), Ky?ta Ishikawa and Kuni Fukai (who was working under the pseudonym Hir? Fukai).

He soon became friends with several members of the Gekiga K?b?, including Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Takao Saito, while living in a provincial temple. After the breakup of Gekiga K?b?, Nagashima began working for Sait? Production and his work began to reflect a more cinematic and dramatic feel. During this time, he began a somewhat wandering lifestyle living in Shinjuku.

In 1961, Nagashima published The Harsh Story of a Manga Artist (?, Mangaka Zankoku Monogatari), a story which showed the "other side" of the manga industry and which brought Nagashima to the forefront of that industry.[1]

He continued publishing new works in a variety of magazines such as COM and Garo, and due to his unusual style began to be called the "father of seinen manga". From 1964 to 1966, he worked at Mushi Production working on anime television series such as Jungle Taitei, and later again worked for Mushi as a character designer on Wansa-kun (1973).

Nagashima won the Shogakukan Manga Award for his Hanaichi Monme () in 1972.[2] Two years later, he won the Japan Cartoonists Association Award for Manga Lunch Box (, Manga no Obent? Hako).[3]

Beginning in the 1980s, he began releasing fewer series, and went into semi-retirement. He was diagnosed with diabetes, which subsequently caused him to begin having dialysis treatments in 2000. Nagashima died of heart failure on June 10, 2005 at a Tokyo hospital.[4]


  • Beloved Pet Dog Taro (?, Aiken Taro) (1956, Sh?jo)
  • The Harsh Story of a Manga Artist (?, Manga artist Zankoku Monogatari) (1961-1964, Keiji)
  • Wonderful Parent and Child (, Sutekki Oyako) (1962, Akahata)
  • The Seven Runts (?, Chibikko Sebun) (1964, Atom Club)
  • Genta and Okkaa (?, Genta to Okkaa) (1967, Sh?nen King)
  • Wanderer (?, F?ten) (1967-1970, COM, Garo, Play Comic)
  • J?d? Icchokusen () (1967, written by Ikki Kajiwara, Sh?nen King, was later adapted into a drama starring Ken'ichi Sakuragi)
  • A Flower Blooms in the Forest of the Heart (, Kokoro no Mori ni Hana no Saku) (1968-1969, Wakamono)
  • The Young Ones (?, Wakamono-tachi) (1970)
  • Manga Youth History (, Manga Wakamonoshi) (1971, Perfect Liberty)
  • Image Calendar (?, Im?ji Karend?) (1971-1973, high school course books)
  • Hanaichi Monme () (1971, Weekly Sh?nen Sunday)
  • Street of Angels (, Tenshi no Iru Machi) (1972, Shinfujin)
  • Sabu the Tease (?, Ijimekko Sabu) (1972, Sh?nen King)
  • The Young Traveler (?, Tabibito-kun) (1972-1973)
  • Miracle Girl Limit-chan (?, Mirakuru Sh?jo Rimitto-chan) (1973-1974)
  • Night on the Galactic Railroad (, Ginga Tetsud? no Yoru) (1996, based on the novel by Kenji Miyazawa, NHK Publishing)
  • The World of Shinji Nagashima (?, Nagashima Shinji no Sekai) (2006, Chikuma Sh?pansha)


  • The Republic of Shinji Nagashima (?, Nagashima Shinji Ky?wakoku) (1981, Daiwa Shob?)
  • Midnight Laundry (, Mayonaka no Sentaku) (1983, Kizukisha Bijutsu Shuppan)
  • Like a Stranger in Asagaya (, Asagaya Kaiwai Kaijin Gurai daa) (1984, Obunsha)


  1. ^ "Comic creator: Shinji Nagashima". The Comiclopedia of artists. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Shogakukan Manga Award". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ [Historical Winners of the Japan Cartoonist Association Award and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award] (in Japanese). Japan Cartoonists Association. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Shinji Nagashima Dies". Anime News Network. July 9, 2005. Retrieved 2010.

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