Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Born Dec 10, 1958

Nobuyuki Fukumoto is a Japanese manga artist well known for his work including unique and original gambling ideas, deep psychological analyses of characters, and distinct artstyle. Yakuza and gambling are recurring themes in his manga. In English-speaking countries, he is known best as the author of Akagi, a mahjong-related manga. In 1998, he won the Kodansha Manga Award for Gambling Apocalypse: Kaiji. An onomatopoeia "zawa", meaning an uneasy atmosphere, appears frequently in his comics and is considered Fukumoto's trademark.
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“Take pledge-drive concerts, for example. Basically, I think those things are bogus. I don't know how many hundreds of millions of yen those things raise, but I suspect that they'd be donating more money if they would just take the money they put toward the concert's production fees and donate that to charity instead. Now, obviously they're aware that they could do that and are choosing not to anyway - they want to appeal to people's consciences, I get that, but still... as Kaiji says when he's on the steel beam, "People don't save people because they don't feel bad about it." I realize this is pretty harsh stuff. Sorry.”

Nobuyuki Fukumoto
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