Fujiko Fujio

Fujiko Fujio (藤子 不二雄) was a pen name of a manga writing duo formed by two Japanese manga artists. Their real names are Hiroshi Fujimoto (藤本 弘, Fujimoto Hiroshi, 1933–1996) and Motoo Abiko (安孫子 素雄, Abiko Motoo, 1934–present). They formed their partnership in 1951, and used the Fujiko Fujio name from 1954 until dissolution of the partnership in 1987.

Fujiko F. Fujio
Native name
BornHiroshi Fujimoto (藤本 弘)
(1933-12-01)December 1, 1933
Takaoka, Toyama, Japan[1]
DiedSeptember 23, 1996(1996-09-23) (aged 62)[1][2] [3]
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan [4]
Resting placeMidorigaoka, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan[5]
OccupationManga artist
Notable worksDoraemon
Ninja Hattori-kun
Obake no Q-Tarō
See list.
Notable awardsShogakukan Manga Award (1963, 1982)
Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (1997)
Years active1951-1996
Fujiko A. Fujio
Native name
BornMotoo Abiko (安孫子 素雄)
(1934-03-10) March 10, 1934 (age 87)
Himi, Toyama, Japan
Pen nameFujiko Fujio Ⓐ
OccupationManga artist
Notable worksDoraemon
Ninja Hattori-kun
The Monster Kid
Obake no Q-Tarō
See list.
Notable awardsShogakukan Manga Award (1963, 1982)
Years active1951–present

From the outset they adopted a collaborative style where both worked simultaneously on the story and artwork, but as they diverged creatively they started releasing individual works under different names, Abiko as Fujiko Fujio Ⓐ (藤子不二雄Ⓐ, Fujiko Fujio Ē, credited as Fujiko A. Fujio outside Japan), and Fujimoto as Fujiko F. Fujio (藤子・F・不二雄, Fujiko Efu Fujio). Throughout their career they won many individual and collaborative awards, and are best known for creating the popular and long-running series Doraemon, the main character of which is officially recognized as a cultural icon of modern Japan.[6] Some influences of most of their projects are the works of acclaimed manga artist Osamu Tezuka and many US cartoons and comic books—including the works of Hanna-Barbera.


Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko were both from Toyama Prefecture. Fujimoto was born on December 1, 1933, and Abiko on March 10, 1934. Abiko transferred to Fujimoto's elementary school in Takaoka City and happened to see Fujimoto drawing in a notebook. The two became lifelong friends, and during the early years of their friendship kept their illustrations hidden from friends and classmates out of embarrassment.

In junior high school they were greatly influenced by Osamu Tezuka and his manga series Shin Takarajima. Fujimoto built a homemade episcope and together they wrote a piece for it called Tenküma, which was their first collaborative work. They started submitting work to periodicals such as Manga Shōnen and opened a joint savings account through Japan Post to which they both contributed funds and which they used to purchase art supplies. They divided all income and expenses equally between each other, a practice they continued throughout the life of their partnership.

In high school they made their publishing debut, Tenshi no Tama-chan being adopted for serialization by Mainichi Shogakusei Shimbun in 1951. That same year they paid a visit to Tezuka's residence in Takarazuka, Hyōgo and showed him illustrations for their work titled Ben Hur. Tezuka complimented the two, some years later commenting that he knew then they were going to be major figures in the manga industry. Abiko and Fujimoto treasured the meeting with the respected Tezuka, and kept the Ben Hur illustrations for their entire lives. It was at this time they decided to make their partnership permanent, initially adopting the name Tezuka Fujio out of respect, later changing this to Azhizuka Fujio when they perceived adoption of the Tezuka name as too close to that of their idol.

Because both Fujimoto and Abiko were both eldest sons, they decided to take company jobs after graduating from high school in 1952. Fujimoto found employment with a confectionery company, and Abiko began working for the Toyama Newspaper Company. However, Fujimoto suffered a workplace injury when an arm was caught in machinery, and he quit within a matter of days. Fujimoto then dedicated his time to submitting work to periodicals, with Abiko assisting him on the weekends. Their first serial as Ashizuka Fujio was terminated in a few episodes, followed by success with the post-apocalyptic science fiction series Utopia: The Last World War (UTOPIA—最後の世界大戦, UTOPIA: Saigo no Sekai Taisen).

They elected to move to Tokyo in 1954 as professional manga artists at Fujimoto's urging, Abiko only reluctantly as he had steady employment at the Toyama Newspaper Company. Their first place of residence was a two-tatami mat room at the second floor of a watch shop. They eventually moved to the Tokiwa-sō apartment complex when Tezuka offered them a room that he was moving out of.[7] Together with Hiroo Terada and several other manga artists of the period, they formed a collaborative group called "New Manga Party" (新漫画党, Shin Manga-To). At the apartment complex where the group was based, they enjoyed a period of productivity that had Fujimoto and Abiko carry up to six serials a month for publication. Additionally, Abiko contributed to Tezuka's works as an artist assistant, such as drawing a blizzard on the last page of Jungle Emperor.[7]

The workload proved excessive, and in 1955 on return to Toyama for Japanese New Year the pair missed all the deadlines for their serials. The loss of credibility with publishers hurt Fujimoto and Abiko for over a year, during which time they concentrated on solo projects, purchasing a television set in Akihabara and making independent films with an 8mm camera. By 1959 they left Tokiwa-sō and eventually moved to Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture. In the 1960s Fujimoto and Abiko founded Fujiko Studio Co., Ltd., a joint manga production company. Fujimoto found time to get married in 1962, at the age of 28.

In 1963 Fujimoto and Abiko established Studio Zero with Shin'ichi Suzuki, Shotaro Ishinomori, Jiro Tsunoda and Kiyoichi Tsunoda. Later Fujio Akatsuka joined, and at its peak the studio employed about 80 people. The studio produced several animated films such as Astro Boy. For Fujimoto and Abiko these were some of their most productive years, resulting in series such as Obake no Q-Tarō which eventually were made into anime series on television. It was at this time that Abiko started making manga for a more mature audience, with titles such as Teresa Tang and Kuroi Salesman. Abiko got married in 1966 at the age of 32. Fujimoto concentrated on titles for children, with a particular interest in science fiction.

Doraemon was created in 1969 and immediately surged in popularity with children in Japan. CoroCoro Comic released its first issue in 1977 to showcase the works of Fujiko Fujio. With syndication of Doraemon on TV Asahi in 1979, a surge of popularity saw up to a dozen collaborative and solo works by Fujimoto and Abiko picked up for publication and syndication throughout the 1980s. Doraemon is the only work by the duo to ever get an official release in English-speaking countries, most notably the United States. But English dubs of work such as Perman and Ninja Hattori-kun aired in Asia.

In 1987, citing creative differences[citation needed] Fujimoto and Abiko ended their long partnership to concentrate on solo projects. From now on, Abiko would work at Fujiko Studio K.K. and Fujimoto in Fujiko F. Fujio Pro K.K.

Abiko adopted the pen name Fujiko A. Fujio,[8] while his former partner wrote under the pseudonym Fujiko F. Fujio.[9]

Abiko concentrated on work incorporating more black humor while Fujimoto focused on works for tweens. According to Abiko,[citation needed] the cause for the dissolution of the partnership was due to Fujimoto discovering he had liver cancer and heart disease in 1986, and the desire of both Fujimoto and Abiko to settle issues of copyright and finances before Fujimoto's death in 1996.

A documentary was aired on TV Asahi on February 19, 2006, chronicling the life and times of Fujiko Fujio.

A Fujiko F. Fujio museum opened in Kawasaki, Kanagawa on September 3, 2011, which features a reproduction of Fujio's studio and a display of their artwork.[10]



Fujiko Fujio's worksEdit

Japanese Title English Title Year
UTOPIA Saigo no Sekai Taisen (UTOPIA 最後の世界大戦) UTOPIA the Final World War 1953
Obake no Q-Tarō (オバケのQ太郎) 1964–1966

Fujiko F. Fujio's worksEdit

Japanese Title English Title Year
Tebukuro Tetchan (てぶくろてっちゃん) 1960–1963
Susume Roboketto (すすめロボケット) Susume Roboket 1962–1965
Pāman (パーマン) Perman 1967–1968,1983–1986
21 Emon (21エモン) 21 Emon: The 21st Century Kid 1968
Sūpā-san (スーパーさん) Super-san 1968
Doraemon (ドラえもん) Doraemon 1969–1996
Umeboshi Denka (ウメ星デンカ) 1969
Bonomu: Sokonuke-san (ボノム =底ぬけさん=) 1970
Mojakō (モジャ公) Mojacko 1969–1970, 1995–1997
Dojita Dojirō no Kōun (ドジ田ドジ郎の幸運) Dojita Dojiro's Lucks 1970
Jijinuki (じじぬき) 1970
Dobinson Hyōryūki (ドビンソン漂流記) 1971–1972
Jibun Kaigi (自分会議) Self Meeting 1972
Janguru Kurobē (ジャングル黒べえ) Jungle Kurobe 1973
Pajamaman (パジャママン) 1973–1974
Akage no Anko (赤毛のアン子)[note 1] 1974
Shin Obake no Q-Tarō (新Q太郎) 1971–1973
Kiteretsu Daihyakka (キテレツ大百科)[note 2] Kiteretsu Encyclopedia 1974–1977
Mikio to MIKIO (みきおとミキオ) Mikio and MIKIO 1974–1975
Nosutarujī (ノスタル爺) Nostalji 1974
Zō-kun to Risu-chan (ぞうくんとりすちゃん) Zo-kun and Risu-chan 1974
3 Man 3 Zen Hēbē (3万3千平米) 33,000 Square Meters 1975
4 Jigen Bō P-Poko (4じげんぼうPポコ) 1975–1976
Hitoribotchi no Uchū Sensō (ひとりぼっちの宇宙戦争) Lone War of the Worlds 1975
Pokonyan (ポコニャン) Rocky Rackat! 1975–1978
Bakeru-kun (バケルくん) 1976
Baubau Daijin (バウバウ大臣) Minister Bowbow 1976
Kyaputen Bon (きゃぷてんボン) Captain Bon 1976
U-Bō (Uボー) 1976–1978
Urutora-Sūpā-Derakkusuman (ウルトラ・スーパー・デラックスマン) Ultra-Super-Deluxeman 1976
Uchūjin Repōto: Sampuru A to B (宇宙人レポート サンプルAとB) Alien Report: Sample A and B 1977
Chūnen Sūpāman Saenai-shi (中年スーパーマン左江内氏) Middle-aged Superman Mr. Saenai 1977–1978
Esupā Mami (エスパー魔美) Mami the Psychic 1977–1982
Ano Baka wa Kōya wo Mezasu (あのバカは荒野をめざす) 1978
T.P. Bon (T・Pぼん) 1978
Aitsu no Taimu Mashin (あいつのタイムマシン) His Time Machine 1979
Mira-kuru-1 (ミラ・クル・1) Mira-cle-1 1979
Aru Hi... (ある日……) One Day... 1982
Shikaikyō (四海鏡) Worldscope 1982
Chū-Poko (宙ポコ) 1983
Chūken Toppi (宙犬トッピ) Toppi the Space Puppy 1984
Chimpui (チンプイ) 1985, 1987–1988
Mirai no Omoide (未来の想い出) Memories of the Future 1991
Ijin Andoro-shi (異人アンドロ氏) Alien Mr. Andro 1995

Fujiko A. Fujio's worksEdit

Japanese Title English Title Year
Fūta-kun (フータくん) 1964–1967
Ninja Hattori-kun (忍者ハットリくん) Ninja Hattori 1964–1971
Surī Z Men (スリーZメン) Three Z Men 1964–1965
Wakatono (わかとの) 1964–1968
Kaibutsu-kun (怪物くん) The Monster Kid 1965–1969
Warau Sērusuman (笑ゥせぇるすまん) The Laughing Salesman 1968–1971
Biriken (ビリ犬) 1969, 1989
Kurobē (黒ベエ) 1969–1970
Gekiga Mō Takutō Den (劇画毛沢東伝) 1969
Matarō ga Kuru!! (魔太郎がくる!!) Mataro is Coming!! 1972–1975
Ai Nusubito (愛ぬすびと) Love Thief 1973
Sasurai-kun (さすらいくん) 1973–1981
Puro Gorufā Saru (プロゴルファー猿) Saru the ProGolfer[13] 1974–1980
Misu Dorakyura (ミス・ドラキユラ) Miss Dracula 1975
Manga Michi (まんが道) 1977–1982
Shōnen Jidai (少年時代) Childhood Days 1978–1979
Yume Tonneru (夢トンネル) Dream Tunnel 1983–1984
Urutora B (ウルトラB) Ultra B 1984–1989
Parasoru Hembē (パラソルヘンべえ) Parasol Henbe 1989–1991
Hoā!! Koike-san (ホアー!! 小池さん) 1998–2001
PARman no Jōnetsuteki na Hibi (PARマンの情熱的な日々) 2007–2015


  1. ^ Re-titled Anko Ōi ni Ikaru (アン子 大いに怒る) in later short story compilations.
  2. ^ Initially by Fujiko Fujio.


  1. ^ a b まんがseek・日外アソシエーツ共著『漫画家人名事典』日外アソシエーツ、2003年2月25日初版発行、ISBN 4-8169-1760-8、323–24頁
  2. ^ "Doraemon Creator Dies". IGN. June 21, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  3. ^ https://apnews.com/article/2dc28735953e3d3a0cdcc82656b2f84b
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1996/09/24/arts/fujio-f-fujiko-cartoonist-62.html
  5. ^ "Doraemon's Grave". Thumbnail of Life. July 17, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  6. ^ "Doraemon named 'anime ambassador'". Japan Today. March 17, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Fujiko Fujio (A) Talks about Life at Tokiwa-so". comipress.com. January 19, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  8. ^ Power (2009), p. 39–40.
  9. ^ Power (2009), p. 84.
  10. ^ "Anime star Doraemon to have own museum". The Independent. August 29, 2011. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者". Shogakukan.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "手塚治虫文化賞マンガ大賞".
  13. ^ https://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/ips/contents/Animation/

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