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Taberemasen Manga Creator Yanwari Kazama Passes Away

posted on by Egan Loo
36-year-old gag humorist had been drawing professionally since high school

The official website of Kodansha's Young Magazine announced on Friday that manga creator Yanwari Kazama passed away on October 22 due to liver failure. He was 36.

Kazama was born on June 13, 1977 in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward. In 1994, he had just returned from a school trip to Okinawa and was about to head out to his part-time job, when he received a call from Kodansha. The publisher was congratulating him for winning the Gag Comedy Prize from Young Magazine.

With that win, Kazama would make his professional manga debut with the four-panel series Taberemasen in Young Magazine in 1995, when he was still in high school. He would continue drawing this manga for almost two decades. The magazine will run three more chapters of Taberemasen before the manga ends in this year's 50th issue on November 11.

Kazama was known for his absurd gag humor and distinctive character style. In addition to his work in Young Magazine, Kazama drew art and other four-panel manga in Kodansha's Friday magazine.

Source: Comic Natalie

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