Today in 1938, the most prolific comics creator on Earth was born. Shotaro Ishinomori was a protege of manga legend Osamu Tezuka and would go on to create some of the most iconic Japanese heroes including Kamen Rider, Kikaider, Cyborg 009 and the first two Sentai Series (Himitsu Sentai Goranger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai). He holds the Guiness Book of World Records record for most single comics pages drawn and published with over 128,000! Sadly, he passed away at the age of 60 in 1998.

Among his lesser known but amazing works are Akumaizer 3 and Brother Fist Bycrosser (pictured above). He also created the Toei Fushigi Comedy Series of programs.  Without him, we wouldn’t have much of the tokusatsu we enjoy today.

Thank you for everything Ishinomori-San!  

Today in AniManga History

January 25th, 1938

Leiji Matsumoto was born. Matsumoto is one of the most important creative minds in 1970s anime. His breakthrough success was with directing Space Battleship Yamato, which he had heavy creative influence on. The series was not only successful, but highly influential. Its themes and concepts show in space opera anime that followed it, including Mobile Suit Gundam and SDF Macross. Matsumoto would go on to create other space opera manga and anime such as Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Queen Millennia, and many more. And so, he is arguably responsible for the “space craze” of anime and manga in the 70s. He is married to former manga artist Miyako Maki.

poison dripped fantasy — the sign of blooming
between your collarbone, below the waist, 
the week closes without a notice, but 
you notice aching bones and the rain hasn’t stopped,
not at all, and that makes you tired:
how can something keep falling — and when it falls
it slips under your skin in heavy piles
and again, all the gold inside disappears
with another drag and push, pull and finish, 
another perfect doubt: 
it ends but the tired never goes away nonsense
12:00am but the sky says otherwise, and words
deteriorate just as all that was once alive dies.

January 25 Birthday Profile

Despite a pleasing persona, Aquarians born on January 25 are difficult to know. They are cloaked in mystery, always holding something in reserve. Dreamy and introspective, they have magnetism and charm. They have a profound sense of their destiny. Intelligent and gifted, they may feel they are passed over by people who are less talented.

Friends and Lovers

People born on January 25 often become involved in the lives of others. Able to withhold criticism and judgment, they attract many friends. Finding love is a spiritual quest. Commitment is not easy; they tend to idealize love. To make romance work, they need to come down to earth.

Children and Family

It is not uncommon for January 25 natives to feel connected to their childhoods into their adult lives. As parents, they feel it’s their duty to foster individualism in youngsters and to fiercely support their kids’ creative interests.


January 25 individuals have a tendency toward moodiness when their idealism collides with reality. To restore emotional equilibrium, they need to engage in vigorous regular exercise. They have a low tolerance for any pills. A high-protein, low-fat diet is best for these folks.

Career and Finances

January 25 natives are often unsure of their career path. They have many interests, particularly in artistic or creative fields, yet often lack confidence. They require encouragement to shoot for goals. They have unusual luck with money. They may receive money out of the blue but may occasionally struggle to make ends meet.

Dreams and Goals

January 25 individuals wish to retain their autonomy despite their personal and professional demands. Their air of mystery is a reaction to their need for privacy. They continually shuffle priorities so goals are likely to change; this is due to their need to take life as it comes.

They should avoid: Fair-weather friends, petty dislikes, crankiness

They should embrace: Allegiance, growth, know-how