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Abu-san (Japanese: あぶさん) is a baseball manga series written and illustrated by Shinji Mizushima. It tells the story of fictional baseball player Yasutake Kageura (景浦安武, Kageura Yasutake). It started to be serialized in 1973,[1] and ended on February 5, 2014 after 976 chapters.[2][3] The first manga volume was released on May 15, 1974[4] and the last one, the 107th volume, was released on March 28, 2014.[5]

A volume cover of Abu-san
Written byShinji Mizushima
Published byShogakukan
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Original run19732014
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In 1977, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general manga.[6] In 2004, Mizushima auctioned off the right to appear as a character in Abu-san for over ¥3 million, as a fundraiser for Mangajapan.[7] As of 2013, the series has sold over 22 million copies.[3]

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks currently honours Squad no.90, which belongs to Yasutake Kageura.


  1. ^ "Kochikame Manga Reaches 1,750 Chapters, Abu-san Reaches 100 Volumes". Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "あぶさん完結 今季限りでホークス退団". Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b あぶさん : 長寿野球マンガが41年の歴史に幕 ついにホークス退団. Mainichi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  4. ^ あぶさん 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  5. ^ あぶさん 107 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  6. ^ 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  7. ^ "Become a Manga Character". Anime News Network. 2004-09-02. Retrieved 2007-12-31.