Leiji Matsumoto Aims to Make Work That Links All His Works Together

posted on by Karen Ressler
Matsumoto receives Meritorious Service Award at Tokyo Anime Awards

Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto stated at a talk event at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival on Monday that he wants to create a story that ties together all his previous works. "I've already decided on a title," Matsumoto said.

Matsumoto also mentioned that he would like to go to Mars. "It's fine if I don't come back, so I want to get on a JAXA rocket," he said. "Before I die I want to see Earth from space with my own eyes."

Matsumoto was born in 1938 and he debuted as a manga artist in 1953 with Michibachi no Bōken (Honeybee's Adventure) while he was still in high school. His notable works include Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, and Queen Emeraldas — all of which inspired multiple anime or live-action adaptations — and he contributed designs and created the tie-in manga for Space Battleship Yamato. He also supervised animated music videos for French electronic pop group Daft Punk's Discovery album, and the videos were strung together into the INTERSTELLA 5555 film.

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival will be held this year in Ikebukuro in Tokyo from March 10-13. Matsumoto was one of the recipients of the Meritorious Service Award this year.

Source: Anime! Anime! (川俣綾加)

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