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Manabe grew up in parts of Hiroshima and Osaka, Japan. He enjoys drawing in the genre he describes as "beautiful girls with swords." He developed this style when he was still in junior high school, winning the admiration of both students and art teachers with his speed and skill.
Manabe originally wanted to be an animator, following in the style of Reiji Matsumoto, when he entered design school. But in 1984, he submitted a short comic to Comicomi magazine for a reader's art contest, and shortly thereafter was writing and illustrating short science fiction and fantasy titles. When Comicomi granted him permission to begin Outlanders, he moved to Tokyo to continue his work.
More titles soon followed, such as Caravan Kidd, Drakuun, Rai, and Capricorn, and each of them have earned him a massive following among Japan's manga readers.
Outlanders and Capricorn have both been turned into OVAs (original video animations). Outlanders itself was also turned into a top-down, Zelda-style game for the Famicom (the Japanese NES).
Date of Birth: December 18, 1964
Birthplace: Shikoku, Japan
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Manabe keeps up a pace that even the most dedicated artists would find grueling - he writes and illustrates over 100 pages of manga a month!
Manabe-san also enjoys inserting his own caricature likenesses into his stories as background characters, and generally uses these to poke fun at himself or the rest of his staff, or to complain about something that is bothering him in real life.
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