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Area 88 Creator Kaoru Shintani Takes Hiatus From Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga creator was former Leiji Matsumoto assistant; drew Twin Hawks, I Dream of Mimi, more

Manga creator Kaoru Shintani announced on his official Twitter account on Wednesday that he would be taking a hiatus from drawing manga. The announcement coincided with his 66th birthday, and just as he finished the manuscript for the last chapter of his current manga Christie: London Massive. He stated in his post that he will try his hand at new things.

Shintani debuted in 1972 with his Kyūketsuki Oiya!? manga in Shueisha's Ribbon Zōkan magazine. He married fellow manga creator Kayono Saeki in 1973, and began working as an assistant to Leiji Matsumoto the same year.

He launched his iconic aviator manga Area 88 in Shogakukan's Shōnen Big Comic magazine in 1979, and then launched his Twin Hawks manga in Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine in 1981. His other notable works include Cleopatra D.C., Desert Rose, and I Dream of Mimi, all of which had OVA adaptations, alongside the OVA and television anime adaptations of Area 88 and Twin Hawks. He launched Christie: London Massive, his latest manga and a sequel to his Young Miss Holmes series, in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in November 2011.

Source: Oricon News

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