So I thought way not write a bit on the blog.
I mean Yukio Togawa were a inspiration to Yoshihiro Takahashi and their story's in many way have similarity. When it come to characters and storyline ideas.
Born in Saga, Japan in the year 1912 Yukio Togawa had a long life ahead of himself.
It wasn't until at the age 92 he passed away.
But he were leaving legacy of story's to admire and think about.
|Image from Kokudosha_Library|
But aswell Yukio were also writer as producer for movies.
As a documentary of ; Hokkaidô Monogatari (Hokkaido Story).
The documentary were 87 min long and produce at the 15 June the year 1968 , in Japan.
There were Yukio Togawa were associate producer.
But Yukio had deep passion for animals, and were a fighter for wild animals.
He were director of the "Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals"
But not only in Japan , but such as Africa, with the activities complained of protection of wild animals.
Yukio Togawa made many books, so I will not write them all.
But if you interested you can go and look at ; Wikipedia;Togawa Yukio (Japanese)
|"Takayasu's dog story"|
Image (C) to seller kiyotee0624
| " Sabo "|
From a Shonen Magazine , year 1968
Sabo were made by Yukio Togawa & Ishikawa TamaFutoshi
"The Legends Of Nature" And "King Fang"
I guess most knowing for us in the Ginga, Yoshihiro Takahashi community is ; King Fang
|Image of Yukio Togawa & Ishikawa Kyuuta|
One thing that worth to notice is that Ishikawa Kyuuta have done remake of Yukio Togawawork.
Like King Fang .
But also Ishikawa have cooperate with Yukio, with the story's/ art. Note that Ishikawa have many names (artist) , as; Ishikawa TamaFutoshi Ishikawa Teruyoshi ,Ishikawa Mitsuyoshi ,Ishikawa Kyuta
|A other version of King Fang ?|
Look like King fang on the covers
|King Fang manga from the years 1967-1968, Kodansya Comics|
Ishikawa have done some of the remake of King Fang manga, like this one
On thing first
"The Legends Of Nature"My favorite manga series ( if you count out Yoshihiro Takahashi's work) is "The Legends Of Nature".
This series were create by Yukio Togawa the writer and illustrate/artist were Takao Yaguchi.
|Yukio Togawa as writer and illustrate/artist Takao Yaguchi|
You can say, in short term "Legend of nature " tells of the many tales of Japan's wild life.
The many animals in the country, the mother natures and the balance she rules.
The story's have bitter sweet story's about the prey and the hunter, (mostly the human hunter).
The struggle to live and become the prey .
The first books of the series are focus on a Bear. Man eating bear
"Higumakaze" is the name of the first three manga's , in the series of seven.
And short story, a big man-eating bear attack a small village.
The manga follow a real story, when it come to the bear attack
Read more on Sankebetsu_bear_incident
In the manga it's seems no really stop of the bears hunger for blood and human flesh.
The humans try to fight back, but in this story the humans is the prey .
You will find blood, some gore, violence in the manga.
But also beautiful drawings and interesting storyline.
Two other manga's are; Tsumeoh
The main character is a falcon, (hunt falcon in fact).
We follow the story when the falcon are born in the wild, but later are caught bu humans.
But even in this captivity a bond between human and bird is born.
And the story follow with , challenge,friendship, death and adventure.
Manga number six is called; Kita E Kaeru
The main character here is a Matagi Dog.
Here we follow the story how deep loyal and also how deep love for the family is.
The start at the country side in Japan.
There lives a family with a dog, Matagi dog.
This one is skilled hunting and seem to have combat ability.
But one day the dogs owner get sick, and they get a afford they can't refuse .
They had do sell their loving family dog.
So the adventure goes, from the countryside, near the forest and the mountain, hills, the dog world changes. Now the new home is in the city.
But how much the humans try to adjust the dog to the city. The deep desire to return home became to much for the dog.So one day, the dog escape. Here goes the long journey to come home, with full adventures.
The manga book Seven are called; Ameirotsuno to Sanbonyubi
Main focus is on the the Japanese serow , wild goat.
The struggle, relationship between wild animals and the humans.
The bitter sweet story and how we can follow the two sides.
Humans, the hunters and the serow.
I think the main character there , is a leader serow.
But the manga are so beautiful draw.. I just adore Takao Yaguchi.
|Yuki and Takao|
But as far I know there is two manga release.
|Image (C) to Mandarake|
BGC; Big Gold Comics
I have vol seven, missing the rest six.
The years; 2003- 2004
"Pocket Comics" , Kodansha
Those are the complete series I got and they are more easy to buy.
So this were the part one of Yukio Togawa
I saw that I had written so much so I will do a part two there King Fang will be
Update with some more photos and some more text (Yukio, a fight for wild animals)