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Jiro Taniguchi

Jirō Taniguchi
Jirō Taniguchi at Lucca Comics and Games in 2011
Born (1947-08-14) August 14, 1947
Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Manga artist
Known for Bocchan No Jidai
Haruka na Machi e

Jiro Taniguchi (谷口ジロー Taniguchi Jirō, born 14 August 1947 in Tottori Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga writer/artist.


  • Career 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • 1980s and before 2.1
    • 1990s 2.2
    • 2000s 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Extract from Aruku Hito

Taniguchi began his career as an assistant of manga artist Kyota Ishikawa. He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kareta Heya (A Desiccated Summer), published in the magazine Young Comic.

From 1976 to 1979, he created several hard-boiled comics with the scenarist Natsuo Sekigawa, such as City Without Defense, The Wind of the West is White and Lindo 3. From 1984 to 1991, Taniguchi and Natsuo Sekigawa produced the trilogy Bocchan No Jidai. In the 1990s, he came up with several albums, among which Aruku Hito (歩くひと), Chichi no koyomi (The Almanac of My Father), and Keyaki no ki .

In 1992-1993 he collaborated with Garon Tsuchiya for the manga Blue Fighter (青の戦士 Ao no Senshi), Knuckle Wars (ナックル・ウォーズ Nakkuru) and Live! Odyssey (LIVE! オデッセイ).

He Illustrated Baku Yumemakura’s works, Garouden from 1989-1990 and Kamigami no itadaki from 2000-2003. Kamigami no itadaki” received awards at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2002 and 2005.

In 2001, he created the Icare (Icaro) series on texts by Mœbius. Jirô Taniguchi gained several prizes for his work. Among others, the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1997) for the trilogy Bocchan No Jidai, the Shogakukan prize with Inu wo Kau, and in 2003, the Alph'Art of the best scenario at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (France) for A Distant Neighborhood. His work has been translated in many languages.



1980s and before

  • 1979 - Lindo 3!
  • 1980 - Muboushi Toshi
  • 1980 - Ooinaru Yasei
  • 1981/03 - Jiken Ya Kagyou - Trouble is my Business
  • 1982/03 - Blue Fighter (Ao no Senshi)
  • 1982/03 - Hunting Dog
  • 1983/08 - Knuckle Wars – The Fist of Rebellion (Nakkuru Wōzu – Ken no Ran)
  • 1983/03 - Shin Jiken Ya Kagyou - New Trouble is my Business
  • 1983/09 - Live! Odyssey
  • 1984/02 - Seifuu Ha Shiroi
  • 1984/12 - Rudo Boy
  • 1985/10 - Enemigo
  • 1986/01 - Hotel Harbour View
  • 1986/10 - Blanca
  • 1987/06 - Botchan no Jidai (坊っちゃんの時代), based on Botchan, a 1906 novel by Natsume Sōseki
  • 1988/05 - K
  • 1988/06 - Ice Age Chronicle of the Earth


  • 1990/01 - Hara Shishi Jiten
  • 1990/09 - Garouden (Hungry Wolves Legend)
  • 1991/06 - Samurai Non Grata
  • 1992/04 - Aruku Hito -(歩くひと, translated in French as L'Homme qui Marche and English as The Walking Man)
  • 1992/09 - Kaze No Sho (translated in English as Samurai Legend)
  • 1992/10 - Inu wo Kau
  • 1993/09 - Keyaki no Ki (translated in French as L'orme du Caucase)
  • 1994/09 - Mori He - Into the Forest
  • 1994/11 - Chichi no Koyomi
  • 1995/04 - My Father's Journal (translated in French as Le Journal de Mon Père)
  • 1996/04 - Benkei in New York (N.Y.の弁慶)
  • 1996/07 - Blanca II (Dog of God)
  • 1997/10 - Kodoku no Gourmet
  • 1998/09 - Haruka na Machi e (translated in English as A Distant Neighborhood - translated in French as Quartier Lointain)
  • 1999/01 - Tokyo Genshi Gyou
  • 1999/12 - Sousaku Sha - Quest for the Missing Girl


  • 2000/12 - Ikaru
  • 2000/12 - Kamigami no Itadaki (The Summit of the Gods)
  • 2002/09 - Ten no Taka - Sky Hawk
  • 2004/11 - Toudo no Tabibito - The Ice Wanderer
  • 2005/03 - Seton
  • 2005/12 - Hare Yuku Sora
  • 2006/03 - Sampo Mono
  • 2007/09 - Mahou no Yama (The Magic Mountain)
  • 2008/03 - Fuyu no Doubutsu (A Zoo in Winter)
  • 2013/ - My Year


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External links

  • Jiro Taniguchi at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • (Japanese) Jiro Taniguchi's Town (his approved fan-site)
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