For almost two decades, Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo has been thrilling readers with his long-running series, Bleach mangaka. As the creator of this beloved manga, he has been dubbed a "mangaka" by fans around the world. But what is a mangaka? In this blog post, we'll explore the life and work of Tite Kubo to find out.
Tite Kubo's Early Life and Career
Tite Kubo was born in 1977 in Hiroshima Prefecture and grew up in the nearby city of Fuchu. As a child, he was an avid reader of manga and aspired to become a mangaka when he grew up. After graduating from high school in 1995, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his dream career. He did freelance work for various publishers while attending Tezuka Productions' animation school at night. During this period, he created several short stories for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine before finally getting his big break in 2001 with the publication of Bleach.
The Success of Bleach
Bleach tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a young man who can see ghosts. After accidentally absorbing some spiritual energy from Rukia Kuchiki—a Soul Reaper—Ichigo embarks on an epic journey that pits him against powerful enemies from the spirit realm. With its mix of action, comedy, and romance, it quickly became one of the most popular manga series in Japan—and eventually around the world—selling over 80 million copies since its debut. The success of Bleach earned Tite Kubo international recognition as one of Japan's top mangakas.
Kubo's Other Works
In addition to Bleach, Tite Kubo has also worked on several other successful manga series such as Zombiepowder (2004) and Burn The Witch (2018). He has also written several one-shots including Bakudan! (2005) and BURN THE WITCH (2019). Outside of manga writing and drawing, he has also released art books such as Artbook 1 (2001) and Artbook 2 (2015). In recent years, he has shifted his focus towards creating original artwork which can be found on his official website and social media accounts.
Whether you're a fan of Bleach or not, it's hard to deny that Tite Kubo is one of the most influential mangakas working today. Since his debut in 2001 with Bleach he has been consistently pushing out new works that captivate readers around the globe with their compelling stories and stunning artwork. His dedication to creating quality content has made him one of Japan's most beloved mangakas—and it doesn't look like he will be slowing down anytime soon!