Hirohiko Araki was born on June 7, 1960, in Sendai, Japan, into a middle-class family. His father was an avid manga reader, and he passed on his passion to him. Hirohiko was the eldest of three siblings and grew up with two younger sisters. He later claimed that his younger identical twin sisters frequently opposed him and that he spent the majority of his childhood locked up in a room with nothing to do but read manga comics borrowed from his father. Keep reading to celebrate his special day right here.
June 7, 1960
Hirohiko Araki was born and raised in Sendai, Japan, by his parents and his younger identical twin sisters. He attributes his time alone in his room reading manga to his sisters’ annoyances, naming “Ai to Makoto” as his favorite. His father’s art books, he believes, inspired him to draw manga. After a schoolmate complimented his manga, he began drawing them behind his parent’s backs. In his first year of high school, he submitted his first piece to a magazine. All of his submissions were turned down and he decided to go to the publishers’ offices in Tokyo to find out why, bringing “Poker Under Arms,” which he had stayed up all night to finish. The editor of “The Shueisha” highly criticized it, but said it had potential and that he should submit it for the upcoming Tezuka Awards.
The artist made his debut with “Poker Under Arms” in 1980. In 1983, he published “Cool Shock B.T.,” a story about a young magician who solves mysteries but it was 1984’s “B.A.O.H.” that first featured his trademark amount of gore. It was adapted into an O.V.A. in 1989, and the manga was released in the United States by “Viz Media” in 1990.
His next series, 1987’s “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” would become his magnum opus. The series begins in 1880s England and follows Jonathan Joestar and his adopted brother, Dio Brando, as he plots to murder their father in order to be granted his share of the inheritance. When confronted, Dio dons an ancient mask, which transforms him into a vampire. “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” which is still being serialized over 30 years later, has been transformed into several different types of media, and by December 2016, the manga had 100 million collected volumes in print.
Araki makes his debut with the wild west one-shot "Poker Under Arms," which is a Selected Work for the Tezuka Award.
Araki releases "B.A.O.H.," which features his signature gore.
His magnum opus, "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure," is released and becomes a fan favorite.
He publishes "Deadman's Questions," a short story manga.
His manga "JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure" gets turned into an anime and becomes a huge success.
The latest season of "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" is set to premiere on Netflix after being acclaimed.
Why We Love Hirohiko Araki
He supports the L.G.B.T.Q.+ community
In an interview with "V.I.Z. Media," Hirohiko stated that he is a huge supporter of the L.G.B.T.Q.+ community. Many of his characters, such as Anasui and Diavolo, appear androgynous. He has also stated that both Dio and Scarlet Valentine are bisexual.
He enjoys staying healthy
Hirohiko Araki never ages, according to a long-running joke among "JoJo" fans. Before interviews, he was actually questioned about it. He claims that he can stay fit after the age of 50 by swimming in the gym, drinking Tokyo tap water, and eating Hitomebore rice.
He loves to see his fans
He has gained so much love and appreciation from his fans around the world. In an interview, he said that he loves to see his fans in cosplay costumes of his characters.
5 Surprising Facts
He started drawing in fourth grade
In fourth grade, he was inspired by his father's manga collection to try his hand at making manga.
His characters were inspired by fashion magazines
Hirohiko Araki is well-known for his keen sense of fashion and the artist cites Christian Dior and Gianni Versace as major influences.
He's inspired by a range of artists
His artwork has been described as 'classical' and he has a long list of artistic influences, including art from the Italian Renaissance Era.
He likes movies and rock music
Two of his earliest inspirations for "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" were Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
JoJo's main inspiration is "Sherlock Holmes"
Araki stated in an interview with "Kotoba" that "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" would not have been created if he hadn't come across "Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Hirohiko Araki FAQs
Who is Hirohiko Araki's favorite character?
Hirohiko’s favorite character is Josuke Higashikata, an unbreakable high schooler with a mean pompadour.
Is Hirohiko Araki still making "JoJo?"
Yes, the series is still releasing new arcs and T.V. adaptations.
Does Hirohiko Araki have a child?
The artist has two daughters with his wife.
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