- Takeshi Okano
June 9, 1967in Chiba Prefecture, he made his manga debut with Shueishain 1987with the one shot "Bakuhatsu! Yuriko-sensei" (爆発！ ゆりこ先生, "Explode! Yuriko-sensei") In 1988, the one shot "AT Lady!" won the 28th " Akatsuka Award" for best comedic story (under the name "Takeshi Nomura" のむら剛), leading to a series in 1989in Weekly Shonen Jump, Shueisha's main weekly shonen magazine. After that series quickly ended, he soon met mangaka writer "Shou Makura" ("Makura Shou", 真倉翔) and together, they began working on the series that would eventually become both of their greatest efforts: Hell Teacher Nūbē("Jigoku Sensei Nube", 地獄先生ぬ～べ～). After two one-shots under the name "Jigoku Sensei Nubo" (one in the 1992Autumn Jump Special, another appearing in the main magazine early in 1993), the series began serialization in Jump Issue 38 in 1993and had a successful 6-year run through Issue 24, 1999. The manga eventually ran for 276 chapters over 31 volumes, as well as a 49 episode animeseries by Toei Animation(from 1996to 1997), as well as notoriety from one magazine as being one of the "Five Best Big Breast Manga". (due to the slightly- ecchicharacters created by Makura and drawn by Okano)
After Nube ended, Makura and Okano worked together on another Jump manga in
2000, "Tsurikkies Pintarou" (ツリッキーズ ピン太郎), a manga about a boy who's the descendant of a legendary fisherman. This series, though, did not last too long and broke apart the Okano/Makura team. After breaking with Makura, Takeshi Okano came back in 2001with "Magician²" (魔術師2), but this series too did not last too long.
2004, Takeshi Okano returned to the strange and peculiar with "Gedou the Unidentified Mysterious Boy" (未確認少年ゲドー "Mikakunin Shounen Gedou"). This series was an interactive study in cryptozoologysimilar to how Nube was a study in the supernatural. While lasting longer than his two previous efforts in manga with 47 chapters and 5 manga volumes, the series could not keep the interest of fickle Jump readers for too long and ended one year after it started.
2005, Takeshi Okano joined in on another collaborative effort for an extremely well known and popular series. Digimon, the popular monster partner series, was making a slight resurgence in the public eye, coinciding with a new anime series, ( Digimon Savers, which began in April, 2006), and the start of the new manga series Digimon Nextin the pages of Shueisha's video game magazine, V-Jump. Okano is the artist on this project, working alongside "Tatsuya Hamazaki" ("Hamazaki Tatsuya", 浜崎達也), writer known for the manga version of .hack//Legend of the Twilightand novelization for Jump properties such as Saint Seiyaand One Piece. Like before, Okano finds himself in a collaborative effort regarding children facing extraordinary circumstances.
2007, Okano and former partner Shou Makura finally reteamed to create a new series based on Hell Teacher Nube character Izuna Hatsuki.
eries Worked On
Hell Teacher Nube(1993-1999, with Shou Makura)
Tsurikkies Pintarou(2000, with Shou Makura)
Gedou the Unidentified Mysterious Boy(2004-2005)
Digimon Next(2006-2008, with Tatsuya Hamazaki)
Izuna the Spiritual Medium(ongoing, with Shou Makura)
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