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Leiji Matsumoto

Leiji Matsumoto in 2008
Birth name Akira Matsumoto (松本 晟 Matsumoto Akira?)
Born January 25 1938 (1938-01-25) (age 83)
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Field character design, illustration
Works Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999
Awards Order of the Rising Sun
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Leiji Matsumoto (松本 零士 Matsumoto Reiji?, born Akira Matsumoto January 25, 1938 in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. His wife Miyako Maki (牧 美也子 Maki Miyako?) is also known as a manga artist.[1]

Space opera

Matsumoto is famous for his space operas such as Space Battleship Yamato. His style is characterized by tragic heroes; tall, slender, fragile-looking heroines with strong wills and in some cases, god-like powers; and a love of analog gauges and dials in his spacecraft.


Matsumoto made his debut under his real name, Akira Matsumoto, in 1953. His wife is shōjo manga artist Miyako Maki (better known as the creator of the doll, Licca-chan, the Japanese equivalent of Barbie).

Matsumoto had his big break with Otoko Oidon, a series that chronicled the life of a rōnin (a young man who was preparing himself for entrance examinations to universities and colleges), in 1971. Around the same time he started a series of unconnected short stories set during World War II, Senjo Manga Series, which would eventually become popular under the title The Cockpit.

He was involved in Space Battleship Yamato (1974) and the debut of the highly popular series Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 (both 1977). In 1978, he was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen for Galaxy Express 999 and Senjo Manga Series.[2] Animated versions of Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 are set in the same universe, which spanned several spin offs and related series, most notably Queen Emeraldas and Queen Millennia.

Matsumoto supervised the creation of several music videos for the French house group Daft Punk, set to tracks from their album Discovery. These videos were issued end-to-end (making a full-length animated movie) on a DVD release titled Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.

About two dozen bronze statues — each perhaps four feet tall — of characters and scenes from Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 were erected in the downtown area of Tsuruga in 1999.[3] Each statue includes a plaque at its base explaining the character, and featuring Matsumoto's signature.

Himiko, a water bus of Tokyo Cruise Ship designed by Leiji Matsumoto


Matsumoto worked with Yoshinobu Nishizaki on Space Battleship Yamato.[4] [5] Matsumoto created a manga loosely based on the series. When Yoshinobu Nishizaki went bankrupt and was imprisoned, Matsumoto briefly gained control of the Yamato license from 1998-2002. During this time, the Yamato makes cameo appearances (sans crew) in several of his works including the Galaxy Express 999 manga. A recent work by Matsumoto called Great Yamato 0 featuring an updated Yamato had to be renamed Great Galaxy temporarily due to legal issues with Nishizaki.[6][7] [8][9].

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