Fujio Akatsuka(1935-2008) and Yoshiharu Tsuge(1937-)
in 1954, Akatsuka left his hometown in Niigata and moved to Tokyo at the age of 18.
he had worked at a chemical factory to support his family, and dreamt of becoming of a professional manga artist, kept contributing his manga manuscript to a magazine, Manga Shounen.
soon a manga artist, Yoshiharu Tsuge who interested in Akatsuka’s work got to close to him.
Tsuge was 2 years younger than Akatsuka, had already made his debut as a professional manga artist and worked at a factory for his family as same as Akatsuka.
he strongly recommended Akatsuka to become a professional artist, so introduced him to a publisher of kashihon manga(rental comicbooks).
in 1956, Akatsuka moved to Tokiwasou and created syoujyo manga for kashihon manga and some shoujyo magazines while he worked for Shoutarou Ishinomori as an assistant.
Tsuge often visited the apartment to see Osamu Tezuka and Akatsuka.
except for Akatsuka, the residents of Tokiwasou couldn’t get along with him, because he was extreamely shy.
in Akatsuka’s several autobiographies, he wrote they had discussions so many times over their manga and art style.
Tsuge told him, ‘manga is an art, so it should be. I won’t sell out for money. manga can be serious and creative.’
but Akatsuka wanted to be popular, to become mainstream.
one day, they broke up because they had different artistic directions they wanted to go in.
today, Tsuge’s works are rated highly among the world of manga and art.