Akira Hiramoto (
In 1976, Akira Hiramoto was born in Okinawa prefecture of Japan. In Hiramoto's junior high school years, the prospect of graduation into high school and part-time employment was only bearable when he drew manga as a hobby at manga cafes. The high school experience of male-female division proved to become an inspiration for his future manga series. In 1995, Akira Hiramoto was signed to Kodansha as a manga artist when he made his debut with the oneshot "Sono Tomodachi no Gimon Ari" in Weekly Young Magazine. The freedom of his high school graduation allowed Hiramoto to forgo higher education in the pursuit of a manga career, after winning a manga contest prize for his oneshot despite a lack of confidence in his artistic skill.
Gag comedy debut
In 1998, Akira Hiramoto's first gag comedy manga and series "Agonashi Gen to Ore Monogatari" began serialisation in Weekly Young Magazine. It was published in the magazine for eleven years as his most famous and long-running work. In 2003, Hiramoto's second series "Me and The Devil Blues" was serialised in Issue No. 11 of Monthly Afternoon Magazine during the original chapter run of Agonashi Gen - until the latter's completion in 2009 and its hiatus in 2008. During 2007, Hiramoto had a oneshot "Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari" serialised in Weekly Young Magazine which became a short series running for ten issues of Weekly Young Magazine with the two other series in continuation and published in one volume by Kodansha. The completion of this series preceded a three-year hiatus in which Hiramoto's manga received no serialisation.
In 2011 following a three-year hiatus, Akira Hiramoto's fourth series "Prison School" was published in Issue No. 10 of Weekly Young Magazine as his then-singular manga series. The comedy manga won a Kodansha publisher award in their "General" category in 2013. In an interview with journalist Okita Akira, Akira Hiramoto identified American crime thriller Cool Hand Luke as an inspiration for Prison School and the use of American filmography as reference work. In the interview, he cited depicting humanity, violence, desire and a woman of strength as his primary motivation to draw manga. In 2015, Akira Hiramoto's manga Prison School recieved a television anime adaptation which he provided creative input for to its production committee alongside his magazine editor Toshihiro Miura and promoted. In 2014, "Me and the Devil Blues" resumed serialisation from a six-year hiatus in Young Magazine the 3rd. In December 2015, the Oricon Manga Chart designated Prison School as the 9th-top bestselling manga by volume count in Japan and the 2nd-top Kodansha bestseller.
- Agonashi Gen to Ore Monogatari (アゴなしゲンとオレ物語 lit. The Jawless Gen's Story and Mine) - a completed long-running gag manga about low-earning middle-aged shipping company manager Gen and his employees, that ran from Merger Issue No. 5-6 of 1998 to Issue No. 27 in 2009.
- Me and the Devil Blues (俺と悪魔のブルーズ Ore to Akuma no Burūzu) - a popular manga about the black blues legend selling his soul to the devil and losing his family in order to become a musical legend and roam America, titled after the musician's most famous song. It ran in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon Magazine from November 25, 2003 to February 25, 2008 before an indefinite hiatus. This was the first manga of Hiramoto's to be published in the Northern American market, by Del Rey Manga, and has begun monthly releases after hiatus in Young Magazine the Third starting in February 6, 2015.
- Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari (やりすぎコンパニオンとアタシ物語 lit. The Overboard Companion's Story and Mine) - a mature fanservice manga about an assistant at a Japanese hot spring in Tokyo. Having begun as a oneshot, it ran from Issue No. 46 in 2007 to Issue No. 8 in 2008 and was published in one volume by Kodansha.
- Prison School (監獄学園 Purizun Sukūru) - a mature comedy manga about the enrollment and internal imprisonment of five boys at a girls school recently turned co-ed, and their struggle to stay enrolled despite resistance from its schoolgirls. The manga is currently serialised starting from Issue No. 10 in 2011, having been awarded a publisher award from Kodansha and received an anime adaptation by JC Staff.
- The Men Who Created the Prison School Anime (アニメ監獄学園を創った男たち Anime Purizun Sukūru O Tsukutta Otoko Tachi) - a special series in collaboration with Hanamura, promoting the anime adaptation of Prison School.
Oneshots and crossovers
- Sono Tomodachi no Gimon Ari (その友達に疑問あり lit. These Friends are Questionable) - his debut oneshot serialised in Weekly Young Magazine in 1995.
- Chouzetsu Dodomeiro Pinup NEMESISTERS (超絶ドドメ色ピンナップ NEMESISTERS lit. Transcendent Maroon-Colored Various Pinup NEMESISTERS) - an illustration published in Issue No. 2 2010 in the Kodansha bimonthly magazine Nemesis.
- Youkei Seijuku Onna Hilda (幼形成熟女ヒルダ lit. Juvenile Form Mature Woman Hilda) - a oneshot published in 2011 Issue No. 6 of Nemesis.
- Tantou-san Manga (担当さん漫画 lit. Mr Manga Editor) - a manga chapter special from the interview anthology "Manga Editors" (漫画編集者) by Shunsuke Kimura on the editorial aspects of the Japanese manga industry.
- Neo Parasyte (ネオ寄生獣 Neo Kiseijuu) - the first short-story single chapter oneshot based on manga series Kiseijuu. The series is a collaboration with other mangaka to promote the upcoming Parasyte: A Maxim anime. It ran in 2014 Issue No. 9 of Monthly Afternoon Magazine, with other authors such as Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima and Peacemaker's Ryoji Minagawa producing other chapters.
- Prison School vs. Kyoaku Gakuen ([監獄学園] vs. [巨悪学園]) - a single-chapter crossover oneshot between Akira Hiramoto and Katsuhito Nagasawa featuring characters from both universes.
- Gampuku (Gampuku 眼福) - the first artbook by Hiramoto, illustrating his twenty-year artistic evolution with author commentary.
- The characterised form of Akira Hiramoto makes a guest appearance in the chapter special series promoting the anime adaptation of the Prison School manga.
- The characterisation is used as a signature on panel notes by the mangaka and is visually similar to Kenji from Agonashi Gen.
- The titular cultural references in his manga series make homage to his interest in American media.
- The manga artist uses the digital manga suite Comic Studio EX to produce his manga artwork.
- The Young Magazine editor of Prison School has confirmed that there are spoof Twitter accounts associated with the author.
- However, the official author account is not for contact according to its biography.
- Akira Hiramoto has never appeared in photos or public events and is somewhat more reclusive than other mangaka.
- Official magazine author page (Japanese)
- Official publisher volume page - (Japanese)
- Official Twitter account (@akira_hiramoto) (Japanese)
- Mangaka interview article (Japanese)
- Hiramoto drawing Mari - YouTube (Japanese)