Shogakukan has announced that manga creator Eiji Kazama passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 2, 2022. He was 75 years old at the time of his passing.
Kazama debuted as a manga creator in 1966 with the Sono Na wa Zero rental manga. His general debut was in 1969 with the Eikō e no 5000 Kilo manga, which ran in Shonengahosha’s Shōnen King magazine.
Kazama and Michitsuna Takahashi’s Dr. Typhoon manga ran from 1986 to 1991, and the series inspired an OVA in 1991.
Kazama then launched the long-running Kaze no Daichi manga with writer Nobuhiro Sakata in 1991. The manga was ongoing in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine. Kaze no Daichi won the Best Seinen Manga award in the 39th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 1993.
Some of Kazama’s other manga include: Seishun Sanmyaku, Hikari no Sora, Daichi no Ko, Tama Ou Hinichi, and Oyadama’S Masters.