Doraemon Co-Creator Fujiko A. Fujio Passes Away At 88

A true legend has left us…

Manga artist Fujiko A. Fujio (real name Motoo Abiko), who is best known for co-creating Doraemon, has passed away today (April 7) at his residence in Kawasaki, Tokyo. He was 88.

 
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Local police were alerted on Thursday morning that the renowned manga artist had fainted in his home. It is understood that he had passed away by the time police arrived at the scene. As at the time of writing, the exact cause of death is still unknown.

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Fujiko A. Fujio was best known for working alongside his late childhood friend, Fujiko F. Fujio (real name Hiroshi Fujimoto) to form the manga duo Fujiko Fujio (that was later dissolved). Together, they created one of the most popular manga titles of all time, Doraemon, which was released in 1970 and ran until 1996. Doraemon became a global icon, beloved by kids from all over the world. Doraemon’s popularity continued to skyrocket through the numerous animated films and series adaptations over the years.

Apart from Doraemon, Fujiko A. Fujio also created several other hit titles such as “Ninja Hattori-Kun”, “Kaibutsu-Kun” and “The Laughing Salesman”, all of which received anime adaptations as well.

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The impact that Fujiko A. Fujio has left on Japanese culture is unrivalled and his legacy will undoubtedly be remembered forever.

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