TAKEUCHI Osamu was born in Osaka prefecture in 1951. After enrolling in Osaka Kyoiku University, he set his sights on manga research. The theme of his graduation thesis was Changes in the Astro Figure in Astro Boy. In 1975, he went on to graduate from the same university and obtained a master’s degree with his master’s thesis, Research on Cinematic Techniques in Manga by Tezuka. In an attempt to energize the eld of manga research in earnest in Japan, he launched the research journal Jido Manga Kenkyu (Research on Children’s Manga) in 1980. After a time at Osaka International University, he became a professor at the Faculty of Social Studies, Doshisha University. He is engaged in research on children’s culture and manga with a particular emphasis on researching manga by TEZUKA Osamu. His writings include Tezuka Osamu-ron (Discussions on Tezuka Osamu; Heibonsha, 1992), Sengo Manga 50 Nenshi (A 50-year History of Post-war Manga; Chikumashobo, 1995), Tezuka Osamu—A-chisuto ni Naruna (Tezuka Osamu—Don’t Become an Artist; Minervashobo, 2008), and Manga Hyogengaku Nyumon (Introduction to the Study of Expression in Manga; Chikumashobo, 2005). He has edited and overseen publications such as Manga Hihyo Taikei (An Overview of Manga Criticism; Heibonsha, 1989), Manga Bunka 55 no Ki-wa-do (55 Keywords in Manga Culture; Minervashobo, 2016), and Manga/Anime Bunkenmokuroku (Bibliography of Comic and Animation; Nichigai Associates, Inc., 2014). In 1997, he launched Biranji, a review and research journal on manga and children’s culture that is now up to 41 issues. In addition, he has also published manga works under the pen name, OSA Takeshi given to him by TEZUKA Osamu.
The many reviews and manga research writings published by TAKEUCHI Osamu are too numerous to name them all here, but I hope readers will seek them out. I would also like to give kudos to him for the admirable task of continuing to self-publish the fanzine, Biranji for over 20 years and distributing it for free. It has reached its 41st issue and opened doors for countless researchers of manga/children’s culture who lack the opportunity to publish. Contributors to Biranji have produced great works including Tokiwa-so Jitsuroku (A True Account of Tokiwa-so) by MARUYAMA Akira and Tetsuwan Atomu no Uta ga Kikoeru (I can Hear the Song of Astro Boy) by HASHIMOTO Ichiro. TAKEUCHI Osamu’s unrecognized achievements are perfectly fitting for the Special Achievement Award. (MINAMOTO Taro)