Hajime Isayama

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Hajime Isayama
BornŌyama, Ōita, Japan
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable worksAttack on Titan
AwardsKodansha Manga Award (2011)
 
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Hajime Isayama
BornŌyama, Ōita, Japan
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable worksAttack on Titan
AwardsKodansha Manga Award (2011)

Hajime Isayama (諫山 創 Isayama Hajime?, born 1986) is a Japanese manga artist from Ōyama, Ōita. His first and currently ongoing serial, Attack on Titan, has sold over 22 million copies as of July 2013.[1] He has mentioned Tsutomu Nihei, Ryōji Minagawa, Kentaro Miura, Hideki Arai and Toru Mitsumine as artists he respects, but stated that the manga that had the biggest influence on him was ARMS.[2]

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Isayama was born on 1986 in Ōyama, Hita, Ōita Prefecture, Japan. It was in high school, Hita Rinko Senior High School, that he began submitting manga works to contests.[1] After graduating, he matriculated in the manga design program of the manga arts department, Kyushu Designer Gakuin. After his one-shot Attack on Titan received an honorable mention, he moved to Tokyo and worked at an internet cafe in order to pursue a career in manga.[1][3] This one-shot would later be included with the first Blu-ray of the serialized version's 2013 anime adaptation.[4]

In 2006, he applied for the Magazine Grand Prix known as MGP promoted by Kodansha Ltd. and his work "Attack on Titan" (Shingeki no Kyojin) was given the "Fine Work" award. Originally, he offered his work to the Weekly Shōnen Jump department at Shueisha, where he was advised to modify his style and story to be more suitable for Weekly Shōnen Jump. He declined and instead, decided to take it to the Weekly Shōnen Magazine department at Kodansha Ltd.[5]

In 2008, he applied for the 80th Weekly Shōnen Magazine Freshman Manga Award, where his work "Heart Break One" was given the Special Encouragement Award. His other work, "orz", was chosen as a selected work in the same contest the following year.

In 2009, his first serial work Attack on Titan began in the monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. It won the Shōnen category of the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in 2011,[6] and was nominated for both the 4th annual Manga Taishō award and the 16th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[7][8] Attack On Titan has inspired three spin-off manga series, a light novel series, a television anime adaptation, several visual novels, a video game, and a live-action film that is in production. The resort Bungo Oyama Hibiki no Sato in his hometown of Ōyama, ran a free exhibit displaying copies of Isayama's manuscripts for the manga in 2013.[3]

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