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Tow UBUKATA冲方 丁
Family name (in kanji): 冲方
Given name (in kanji): 丁
Date of birth: 1977-02-14
Hometown: Gifu, Japan
(1996) Debuted as a short story writer. Wins the Kadokawa Sneaker Grand Prize with the work "Kuroi Kisetsu" (Black Season).
(1997) Debuts in production of video game. Forms a contract with Sega.
(2001) Debuts as a manga writer with manga Pilgrim Jäger.
(2003) Receives Science Fiction Grand Prize for work "Mardock Scramble".
(2004) Anime production debut for Soukyuu no Fafner.
Mr. Ubukata refuses to say which year he is born in (on his website), except that he was born on the 14th of February, in Gifu prefecture. He is a heavy smoker and aims to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Some of his written works include Mardock Scramble, Bye Bye Earth, Madoromi no Sefiroto (The Sleeping Sephiroth), Storm Bring World and his debut book, Kuroi Kisetsu (The Black Season).
Planned works include Shinjuu Kari (Hunt for the Divine Beasts) and Kurakami Taiheiki (Record of the Kurakami Tranquility) [tentative title].
Hoping to become a novelist, he took part in the Kadokawa Bookstore Sneaker competition after graduating from high school, and won. After that, he enrolled in Waseda University, and then entered the world of game production. He also fulfilled his dream of making manga, by teaming up with illustrator Mami Itou. At this time, he was already planning "Mardock Scramble". He also published the ultra-thick novel "Bye Bye, Earth" before leaving the university without completing his degree.
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Tow Ubukata, Miyuki Miyabe Nominated For Bookstore Award (Jan 21, 2013)
Ghost in the Shell Arise Anime to Launch in 2013 (Update 3) (Jan 15, 2013)
Samurai Ace Manga Magazine to Launch in June (Jun 2, 2012)
Variety: Live-Action Mardock Scramble Film Rights Licensed (May 30, 2012)
New York Times Manga Best Seller List, December 18-24 (Dec 30, 2011)
Karyu no Miya Wins Japanese Sci-Fi Award Over Madoka Magica (Dec 11, 2011)
Madoka Magica Nominated for Nihon SF Taishō Award (Oct 31, 2011)
Funimation Adds Fafner Series, Film & Oblivion Island (Oct 14, 2011)
Scotland Loves Anime 2011 Line-Up Announced (Sep 6, 2011)
Mardock Scramble Film Trilogy Acquired by Kaze UK (Aug 20, 2011)
Mardock Scramble BD/DVD to Include English Subs in Japan (Aug 10, 2011)
2nd Mardock Scramble Film's Promo Videos Streamed (Aug 10, 2011)
San Diego Comic-Con 2011 - Kodansha Comics (Jul 21, 2011)
Manga Award Revoked Due to Mardock Scramble Plagiarism (Jul 15, 2011)
Sentai Filmworks Licenses Mardock Scramble Anime Films (Jun 20, 2011)
2nd Mardock Scramble Anime Film Slated for September 3 (May 1, 2011)
Tow Ubukata's Tenchi Meisatsu Historical Novel Gets Film (Dec 4, 2010)
Fafner: Heaven and Earth Film Trailer Posted (Nov 30, 2010)
1st Mardock Scramble Cyberpunk Film's Trailer Streamed (Nov 5, 2010)
Paradise Kiss, Mardock Scramble, Gon Promos Streamed (Nov 1, 2010)
Dream C Club, Mayo Chiki, Mardock Scramble Videos Posted (Oct 28, 2010)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression's Ad Streamed (Oct 15, 2010)
Mardock Scramble: First Impressions (Oct 9, 2010)
Berserk, Mardock Scramble, Kuragehime Promos Streamed (Oct 4, 2010)
NY Comic Con/Anime Fest to Premiere Star Driver (Sep 9, 2010)
Tow Ubukata to Debut Mardock Scramble at NY Comic Con (Aug 10, 2010)
Fafner Voice Actresses to Reprise Roles in Stage Play (Aug 8, 2010)
Fafner Film, Milky Holmes TV Anime Dated (Jul 18, 2010)
Mardock Scramble Book Listed by Viz's Distributor (Jun 3, 2010)
Kodansha Streams Videos of Manga Artists Drawing (Apr 21, 2010)
Hutch, Mardock Scramble, Nurarihyon Promos Posted (Mar 28, 2010)
Mardock Scramble, Tegami Bachi Season 2 Videos Posted (Mar 27, 2010)
Mardock Scramble Anime to Be 3 Films Starting in Fall (Mar 25, 2010)
TV Host: Soukyuu no Fafner Film Is in Production (Jan 31, 2010)
Murata Not Involved in Revived Mardock Scramble Anime (Jan 29, 2010)
Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Heaven and Earth Anime Green-Lit (Jan 9, 2010)
Newspaper: Tatsumi's A Drifting Life Memoir Gets Film (Dec 5, 2009)
Persona 3 Game Adapted as Television Anime for January (Nov 7, 2007)
Le Chevalier Author, Production I.G Start Sci-Fi Manga (Oct 30, 2007)
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Shogakukan Introduces Light Novel Series in Japan (Apr 11, 2006)
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