Manga creator Tarō Minamoto passed away on August 7, 2021 due to heart failure. He was 74 years old at the time of his passing.
Minamoto was born in Kyoto in March 1947, and he made his debut in 1967 with his manga “Aniki Kanpai” (Cheers to My Brother) in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Ribon magazine.
Minamoto is best known for his Fūnji-tachi (Soldiers of Fortune) historical comedy manga series, which he began in 1979, and for which he was awarded the Special Award for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2004. The sequel manga Fūnji-tachi: Bakumatsu-hen also won a runner-up award in the “Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Fine Arts Recommendation Awards” in 2010. The original manga more recently won the 49th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards’ grand prize in 2020.
Minamoto launched Fūnji-tachi: Bakumatsu-hen in 2002, and the manga will now remain unfinished. The October 2021 issue of LEED Publishing’s Comic Ran magazine stated on August 27, 2021 that the magazine’s November 2021 issue will feature a memorial to Minamoto.