Manga author Isami Ishii dies at 80


It was announced today that manga author Isami Ishii, the creator of titles whose Rider 750 and Kutabare! Namida-kun, died September 17 of complications from heart failure. He was 80 years old.

Ishii made his debut as a manga author while still in high school, with 1957 Takeuma Brothers at Kodansha Shōnen Club magazine. He would go on to write the football manga Kutabare!! Namida-kun from 1969 for Shogakukan Weekly Shonen Sunday. In 1975, he started 750 ridersyndicated in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shonen Champion. The series, about a group of teenage motorcycle fans, spanned 50 volumes and is still considered a mainstay of shonen manga in Japan to date.

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Ishii’s passing was announced today on Akita Shoten’s official website, with a spokesperson adding, “We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the continued joy he has brought to our readers.” His funeral and memorial services have already taken place and were attended by close relatives.

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