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The manga and animation world was in mourning on April 7, with the news of the passing of Motoo Abiko, aka Fujiko A. Fujio, creator of some of Japan’s best-known manga.

Born in 1934 in the city of Himi, Toyama Prefecture, Abiko’s initial dabbling in manga began during his elementary school years, where he befriended fellow enthusiast Hiroshi Fujimoto, with whom he would famously collaborate under the joint pen name “Fujiko Fujio” from 1954.

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