Who is Tsukasa Hōjō, the mangaka behind Cat’s Eyes?

Who is Tsukasa Hōjō, the mangaka behind Cat’s Eyes?

From July 13th to 16th, 2023, the Japan Expo will take place in Paris, with Tsukasa Hōjō as the guest of honor. But who is this mangaka with famous works?

Japanese screenwriter, illustrator, writer, director… Tsukasa Hōjō has multiplied the range of his skills throughout his career, which is far from over!

Born on March 5, 1959 in Kokura, Fukuoka Prefecture, Land of the Rising Sun, he comes from a humble family and nothing originally predestined him to become a mangaka… He was a diligent student in his college who took regularly enter one-shot manga competitions to earn some money. But he wanted to keep this passion as a hobby and not turn it into a career at the time.

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By winning the second Tekusa Prize of 200,000 yen, he accidentally met Nobuhiko Horie, his future editor at Shōnen Jump. The man who saw his talent in him will push him to write regularly and from this event Tsukasa’s actual mangaka career in Shōnen Jump was born.

From his first manga “I’m a man! 1980’s most famous manga: “Cat’s Eyes” and “City Hunter” (Nicky Larson in French), Tsukasa has come a long way in his future as a professional mangaka. These two manga gained their current fame mainly after their adaptation in anime, 1983 for Cat’s Eyes and 1990 for City Hunter.

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If you’re a fan of manga and the Japanese universe, don’t hesitate to visit Japan Expo and you might have a chance to meet this iconic author!