Manga creator Mutsumi Tsukumo passed away on March 4, 2017 after a battle with lung cancer. She was 65 years old at the time of her passing.
Tsukumo debuted as a manga creator with Yukiko no Hoshi in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōjo Friend magazine in 1967. She launched Ore wa Otoko da! in 1970 in Shueisha’s Weekly Seventeen magazine. The manga inspired a live-action television adaptation starring Kensaku Morita in 1971 and 1972, and then a live-action sequel film in 1987.
Other manga that Tsukumo is known for include Kaze no Rinbu, Irodoro no Koro, and Yami no Hate kara. Irodoro no Koro earned an Excellence Award in the 5th Japan Cartoonists Awards in 1976, and Yami no Hate kara earned an Excellence Award in the 22nd Japan Cartoonists Awards in 1993.