Tokiwasou Story by Hideko Mizuno (1969)

Hideko Mizuno(1955- ) was the only female manga artist in Tokiwasou Apartment.
Tokiwasou Story is a memory of her days at the age of 17 working with Fujio Akatsuka and Shoutaro Ishinomori in the apartment.
(in this manga, the tall skinny one is Akatsuka and Ishinomori is the chubby one wearing a beret. at that time, Akatsuka was 21 years old, and Ishinomori was 18. Ishinomori had already made his debut as professional manga artist, but Akatsuka hadn’t yet. )
they three created a few manga together under the pen name of U.MIA.

until the mid 1960s, all shoujyo manga had been created by male manga artists.
(Osamu Tezuka, Fujio Akatsuka, Shoutarou Ishinomori, Leiji Matsumoto, Tetsuya Chiba, Mitsuteru Yokoyama, and so on. although a few female manga artists had already existed, they hadn’t created shoujyo manga yet.)
Mizuno started her career at the age of 15 as a manga artist. her debut had a big impact on readers, so a lot of female manga artists started creating shoujyo manga themselves.
she is a pioneer of female manga artist and had an influence on the shoujyo manga artists in the 1960s and 1970s.


the birthplace of the first Osomatsukun anime series, Studio Zero

the amimation studio, Studio Zero was established by manga artists Fujiko Fujio, Shoutarou Ishinomori, Jiro Tsunoda, and Fujio Akatsuka in 1963.
in the building, there were also their own manga studios. they dissolved the animation studio in 1971, and the building was levelled in 2003.

Sonotakun(1976) by Jiro Tsunoda
his memory of friends in 1960s and Studio Zero.
his parents run a barbershop at the street in front of the building then, and they reccomended the vacant building to young artists looking for a suitable rental property for a studio.
later, Tsunoda and Akatsuka fought over an assistant.

Shinjyuku Manga Village (2000) by Kenichi Kitami
Kitami used be a one of the assistants of Akatsuka. at that time, he was involved in producing of Osomatsukun manga series there. Kitami is the most successful ex-assistant of Akatsuka, and keep producing manga series in his seventies.

the 50th anniversary of animation broadcasts in Japan - Astro Boy and Studio Zero (2013)
the exhibition was held to commemorate the dawning of Japanese TV anime series at the Suginami Animation Musiam.
Studio Zero produced an episode of Astro Boy (episode 34) instead of Osamu Tezuka’s Mushi Production. Astro Boy was the first TV amime series in Japan.

Fujio Akatsuka at Studio Zero (1960s)

Toyoo Ashida (animator / penciler ) forever!

as far as i remember, even great Shoutarou Ishinomori didn’t paint his glove black, didn’t make him pull his glove off by mouth / teeth, didn’t make him put his scarf off. there were awesome arrange in 1979 version.