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Mitsuru Adachi
安達 充

February 9, 1951 (1951-02-09) (age 70)
Nationality Japanese
Education assistant to Shinji Nagashima
assistant to Isami Ishii
Known for Manga
Notable work
Cross Game
Movement Manga
Awards Shogakukan Manga Award (1982, 2008)

Mitsuru Adachi (Japanese: あだち 充 or 安達 充 , Hepburn: Adachi Mitsuru, born February 9, 1951) is a Japanese manga artist. After graduating from Gunma Prefectural Maebashi Commercial High School in 1969, Adachi worked as an assistant for Isami Ishii. He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kieta Bakuon, based on a manga originally created by Satoru Ozawa. Kieta was published in Deluxe Shōnen Sunday (a manga magazine published by Shogakukan) .

Adachi is well known for romantic comedy and sports manga (especially baseball) such as Touch, H2, Slow Step, Miyuki and Cross Game. He has been described as a writer of "delightful dialogue", a genius at portraying everyday life, "the greatest pure storyteller", and "a master manga artist". He is one of the few manga artists to write for shōnen, shōjo and seinen manga magazines, and be popular in all three.

His works have been carried in manga magazines such as Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Ciao, Shōjo Comic, Big Comic and Petit Comic, and most of his works are published through Shogakukan and Gakken. He was one of the flagship authors in the new Monthly Shōnen Sunday magazine which began publication in June 2009. Two short story collections, Short Program and Short Program 2 (both through Viz Media), have been released in North America, and Viz Media scheduled to begin publishing Cross Game in October 2010. The first volume was released on October 12.

He modeled the spelling of あだち (rather than 安達) for his family name after the example of his older brother, manga artist Tsutomu Adachi. In addition, it has been suggested that the accurate portrayal of sibling rivalry in Touch may come from Adachi's experiences while growing up with his older brother. Adachi did the character designs for the OVA anime series Nozomi Witches, so he is sometimes incorrectly given credit for creating the original series.

Brief history

Prior to 1969, Adachi began submitting works to the manga magazine COM. In 1969, he followed his older brother's lead and moved to Tokyo to begin work as an assistant to manga artist Isami Ishii. The following year, he made his professional debut with Kieta Bakuon. He continued publishing various short stories and shorter series throughout the 1970s based on works created by others, the most well known being his adaptation of Rainbowman from 1972 to 1973. In 1978, he published his first original series, Nine, in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. He published two other original series, Hiatari Ryōkō! from 1979 to 1981 in Weekly Shōjo Comic, and Miyuki from 1980-1984 in Shōnen Big Comic.

Adachi became a household name with the publication of his series Touch from 1981 to 1986 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. In 1982, Hiatari Ryōkō! was adapted into a live action TV drama series. The following year, 1983, was a big year for Adachi. He received the 28th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen/shōjo manga his two series Touch and Miyuki. His Miyuki series was adapted into both an anime television series and a live-action film and Nine was adapted into three films, with another following in 1984.

Touch was adapted into an anime television series in 1985 and the series ran for two years on Fuji TV. Adachi's romantic shōjo manga series, Slow Step, was serialized in Ciao from 1986 to 1991 and another romantic comedy series, Rough, appeared in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1987 to 1989. Adachi then released Niji Iro Tōgarashi, a fantasy medieval romantic comedy manga series, from 1990 to 1992 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday.

Jinbē, a romantic comedy about the relationship between a stepfather and stepdaughter, was serialized in Big Comic Original from 1992 to 1997. Adachi's longest manga series, H2 was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1992 to 1999 and compiled in 34 volumes. This manga was adapted into an anime television series which aired on TV Asahi from 1995 to 1996.

From 2000 to 2001, Adachi published a fantasy romantic comedy series in Weekly Shōnen Sunday titled Itsumo Misora. His next longer series was the boxing romantic comedy, Katsu!, published from 2001 to 2005 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. In 2005, H2 was adapted into a live action drama series aired on TBS in Japan, and Touch was adapted into a live action movie released by Toho. He also began his manga series Cross Game, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The following year, Rough was adapted into a live action movie, also released by Toho.

Due to achieving total manga sales numbering over 200 million volumes, Weekly Shōnen Sunday devoted issue 26 in 2008 to Adachi and his works. In 2009, Adachi won the 54th Annual Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga for Cross Game, which was adapted into an anime television series which began airing on TV Tokyo in April 2009.

Adachi began Q and A in the inaugural issue of Monthly Shōnen Sunday in June 2009. Asaoka High School Baseball Club Diary: Over Fence began in the April 27, 2011 issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday. In May 2012 he finished Q and A and began his new series, Mix, a semi-sequel to Touch set 30 years later, in the June 2012 issue of Monthly Shōnen Sunday. Currently, Adachi's works have sold over 200 million copies.


In chronological order.

Short works

Many of Adachi's short works have been collected in Short Program, an anthology series with four volumes.

  • Ruthless Trap (無情の罠 , Mujō no Wana) (March 1971, Deluxe Shōnen Sunday)
  • The Foghorn Sounded (裂けた霧笛 , Saketa Muteki) (1971, summer vacation issue, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, originally created by Hisao Maki)
  • Fresh Blood of the Final Round (鮮血の最後ラウンド , Senketsu no Saigo Raundo) (November 1973, Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday, originally created by Tomoaki Inoue)
  • Dream Slugger (まぼろしの強打者 , Maboroshi no Kyōdasha) (February 1974, Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday, originally created by Kōta Seki)
  • A Blow for That Girl! (あの娘に一本! , Ano Musume ni Ippon!) (1975 issue 4/5, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • Ace of Hearts (ハートのA , Hāto no Ēsu) (1975 issues 33-38, Weekly Shōjo Comic, originally created by Akira Saiga)
  • Whimsical Punch (きまぐれパンチ , Kimagure Panchi) (1977 issue 34, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • A Word from the Freeloader (居候よりひとこと , Isōrō yori Hitokoto) (1978 issue 11, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • Pair of Aces (エースふたり , Ēsu Futari) (1978 issue 16, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • Wind in the Green Leaves (青葉に風 , Aoba ni Kaze) (1978 issue 20, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • Ken (ケン ) (1978 issue 28, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • The Youthful Path (青春一直線 , Seishun Itchokusen) (1978 issue 37, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • Teens (ティーンズ , Tīnzu) (1978, issue 42, Weekly Shōjo Comic)
  • What's Going On? (なにがなんだか , Nani ga Nanda ka) (1985 issues 1-2, Shōnen Big Comic)
  • Purple (むらさき , Murasaki) (June 1985, Ciao)
  • Change (チェンジ , Chenji) (October 1985 special issue, Weekly Shōnen Sunday)
  • At the Intersection (交差点前 , Kōsaten Mae) (1986 issue 4, Shōnen Big Comic)
  • Plus 1 (プラス1 , Purasu Wan) (June 1986, Ciao)
  • The Current State of Affairs (近況 , Kinkyō) (January 1987, Shōnen Big Comic)
  • Short Program (ショートプログラム , Shōto Puroguramu) (1987 special issue, Young Sunday)
  • Take Off (テイク・オフ , Teiku Ofu) (1988 issue 7, Young Sunday)
  • 4 on the Richter Scale (震度4 , Shindo Yon) (1988 issue 27, Weekly Shōnen Sunday')
  • The Road Home (帰り道 , Kaeri Michi) (1989 issues 20-21, Young Sunday)
  • Square Sea (四角い海 , Shikakui Umi) (1998 30th Anniversary Special Issue, Weekly Shōnen Sunday)
  • Sayonara Game (さよならゲーム , Sayonara Gēmu) (Spring Special Issue 1991, Big Comic)
  • Before Spring Comes... (春がくる前に… , Haru ga Kuru Mae ni...) (April 1992, Petit Comic)
  • Blowing Any Which Way (どこ吹く風 , Doko Fuku Kaze) (1992 issue 8, Big Comic Spirits)
  • 5x4P (1992 issues 14-18, Big Comic Superior)
  • Aim at the Ace! (エースをつぶせ! , Ēsu o Tsubuse!) (October–November 1992, Elementary 4th Graders)
  • Spring Call (スプリング・コール , Supuringu Kōru) (1993 issue 15, Weekly Shōnen Sunday)
  • Spring Passes (ゆく春 , Yuku Haru) (1993 issue 17, Big Comic Spirits)
  • A Stop on the Way (途中下車 , Tochū Gesha) (1994 issue 36, Weekly Shōnen Sunday)
  • Target Wakaba (若葉マーク , Wakaba Māku) (1995 issue 1, Young Sunday)
  • Angel's Hammer (天使のハンマー , Tenshi no Hanmā) (1998 issue 6, Big Comic)
  • Geta and Diamonds (下駄とダイヤモンド , Geta to Daiyamondo) (1999 issue 17, Young Sunday)
  • Memory Off (メモリーオフ , Memorī Ofu) (2000 issues 6-7, Weekly Shōnen Sunday)
  • White Summer (白い夏 , Shiroi Natsu) (2002 issues 36-37, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, originally created by Buronson)
  • The Runaway God (逃げた神様 , Nigeta Kamisama) (16 October 2005 issue, Big Comic One)
  • Short Mail (ショートメール , Shōto Mēru) (2006 Special Winter Issue, Shōnen Sunday Super)
  • A Word from the Freeloader, Continued (続・居候よりひとこと , Shoku Isōrō yori Hitokoto) (??)
  • It's Hard Being a Freeloader (居候はつらいよ , Isōrō wa Tsurai yo) (??)
  • Lovers Declaration (恋人宣言 , Koibito Sengen) (??)
  • Season (??)
  • Asaoka High School Baseball Club Diary: Over Fence (2011, Weekly Shōnen Sunday)




These series were based on works originally created by another author or artist.

Years Name Total number of volumes Anthology Original creator Japanese publisher
October 1972 - October 1973 Warrior of Love Rainbowman (愛の戦士レインボーマン , Ai no Senshi Reinbōman) 4 TV Magazine Kōhan Kawauchi Kodansha
1974, issues 28-47 Little Boy (リトル・ボーイ ) Weekly Shōnen Sunday Mamoru Sasaki Shōgakukan
September 1974 - March 1975 Hey Ganta (おらあガン太だ , Orāgantada) TV Land Mamoru Sasaki Tokuma Shoten
1975, issues 2-34 Fang Match (牙戦 , Kibasen) Weekly Shōnen Sunday Kai Takizawa Shōgakukan
April 1975 - March 1976 Hirahira-kun Youthful Duty (ヒラヒラくん青春仁義 , Hirahira-kun Seishun Jingi) Chūichi Course Mamoru Sasaki Gakken
May 1976, issues 5/6-18 Gamushara (がむしゃら ) Weekly Shōnen Sunday Jūzō Yamasaki Shōgakukan
April 1976 – March 1977 Hirahira-kun Youthful Tone (ヒラヒラくん青春音頭 , Hirahira-kun Seishun Ondo) Chūichi Course Mamoru Sasaki Gakken
April 1976 – March 1977 Soul of Kōshien (甲子園魂 , Kōshien Tamashī) Weekly Power Comic Mamoru Sasaki Futabasha
1976, issues 34-51 First Love Kōshien (初恋甲子園 , Hatsukoi Kōshien) Weekly Shōjo Comic Jūzō Yamasaki Shōgakukan
1977, issues 15-46 Crybaby Kōshien (泣き虫甲子園 , Nakimushi Kōshien) Weekly Shōjo Comic Jūzō Yamasaki
April 1977 – March 1978 Hirahira-kun Youthful Drumbeat (ヒラヒラくん青春太鼓 , Hirahira-kun Seishun Taiko) Weekly Shōjo Comic Mamoru Sasaki
April 1978 – March 1979 Let's Play Baseball!! (おひけェなすって!野球仁義 , O Hike ~e Nasutte! Yakyū Jingi) Chūichi Course Mamoru Sasaki Gakken
1979, issues 8-19 Rise, Setting Sun!! (夕陽よ昇れ!! , Sekiyō yo Nobore!!) Weekly Shōjo Comic Jūzō Yamasaki Shōgakukan



These are original series created by Adachi.

Years Name Total number of volumes Anthology Japanese publisher
October 1978 - November 1980 Nine 5 Shōnen Sunday Super Shōgakukan
April 1979 - March 1980 Oira Hōkago Wakadaishō 2 Chūichi Course Gakken
1980 issue 2 - 1981 issue 15 Hiatari Ryōkō! 5 Shōjo Comic Shōgakukan
1980 issue 17 - 1984 issue 18 Miyuki 12 Shōnen Big Comic
1981 issue 36 - 1986 issue 50 Touch 26 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
September 1986 - March 1991 Slow Step 7 Ciao (magazine)
1987 issue 17 - 1989 issue 40 Rough 12 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1990 issue 4/5 - 1992 issue 19 Niji-iro Tohgarashi 11 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
June 20, 1992 - March 20, 1997 Jinbē 1 Big Comic Original
1992 issue 32 - 1999 issue 50 H2 34 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
October 20, 1998 - April 20, 2005 Bōken Shōnen 1 Big Comic Original
2000 issue 22/23 - 2001 issue 24 Itsumo Misora 5 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
2001 issue 36/37 - 2005 issue Katsu! 16 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
May 11, 2005 - February 17, 2010 Cross Game 17 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
2005 issues 36/37 - 2007 issues 36/37, November 2010 - August 2011 Idol Ace 1 Weekly Young Sunday, Monthly Shōnen Sunday
May 19, 2009 - March 12, 2012 Q and A 6 Monthly Shōnen Sunday
May 12, 2012 – present Mix 16+ Monthly Shōnen Sunday



  • Legendary Girls Calendar (1992, Petit Comics)


Related people

Tsutomu Adachi
Mitsuru's older brother was a manga artist and an assistant to Fujio Akatsuka. He died of stomach cancer in 2004.
Shinji Nagashima
Adachi became a fan of Nagashima around the age of 10, and began tracing his works. He became an assistant to Nagashima for a short time after graduating from high school. However, Nagashima suddenly moved overseas, so he then became an assistant to Isami Ishii. In the 16 October 2005 issue of Big Comic, Adachi published a short work titled The Runaway God which was meant as a memorialization of Nagashima.
Rumiko Takahashi
From the early 1980s, both Adachi and Takahashi were popular authors in Weekly Shōnen Sunday and they formed a friendly rivalry. He even commented about how he had a lot to live up to with how popular Takahashi was, especially with it being a shōnen magazine. Several times a year they would meet, to share their thoughts and ideas with each other. At the end of Weekly Shōnen Sunday issue 43 in 2006, the authors were asked, "If you could pick one penname to use which was different than your own, which one would you pick?", and Takahashi replied, "Adachi Mitsuru."
Kazuhiko Shimamoto
Shimamoto and Adachi are mutual fans of each others' works. The main character in his Blazing Transfer Student manga series, Noboru Takizawa, made a guest appearance in Touch.
Mr. Pogo
Pogo and Adachi graduated in the same class and have spoken about this in various magazine interviews. The character Kōtarō Matsudaira from Touch is modeled after Pogo.
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