Birthdate : 02 / 09 / 1961
Nationality : Japan
Jobs : Mangaka
For the 14th Impact, Japan Expo is welcoming an exceptional manga guest of honor, the author of a work that has become cult: Tetsuo HARA will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hokuto no Ken, also known as Fist of the North Star, with you!
Come and meet Tetsuo HARA
on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday
for signings and a conference
and join his world through a dedicated exhibition
Tetsuo HARA was born in 1961 near Tôkyô. In 1982, he took part in a young talent contest organized by the publisher Shueisha and won the 33th Fresh Jump Award for his manga Super Challenger. This award emboldened him to pursue his career as a mangaka and he started Mad Fighter, released the same year in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Tetsuo HARA then worked on two Hokuto no Ken stories (Fist of the North Star) published in 1983 in Shonen Jump. Both one shots tell about Ken’s teenage years and immediately appealed to the readers. Shueisha hired scriptwriter Buronson who then worked with Tetsuo HARA and Hokuto no Ken became a worldwide success. The series lasted until 1989.
In the next 10 years, Tetsuo HARA found inspiration in Keiichirô RYÛ’s novels and published three manga: Hana no Keiji (Keiji, his second great success), Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Sakon Sengoku Fuunroku.
Since 2001, he has been working again with Buronson on the sequel to Hokuto no Ken, Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky), published in Weekly Comic Bunch. Tetsuo HARA is also currently working on Ikusa no Ko, published in the monthly magazine Comic Zenon, which tells the adventures of Nobunaga ODA, the most famous military commander in Japan.