George Akiyama, whose real name is Yūji Akiyama, was a renowned and controversial manga author who made his debut in 1966 with the Gaikotsu-kun (Skeleton-kun) manga. Publisher Shogakukan announced the sad news this weekend that Akiyama passed away on May 12 at the age of 77.
Akiyama—an author with many works known for pushing boundaries—launched his Haguregumo manga in the pages of Big Comic Original in 1973 and brought it to a close in 2017. Other notable works of many include Asura—which inspired an anime in 2012—as well as Sutegataki Hitobito, Koiko no Mainichi, and Gyara, the latter of which is currently being remade by mangaka Katsumi Kobayashi.
Pictured above: George Akiyama’s Asura
Akiyama’s relatives held a private funeral after his passing.