Hajime Isayama is a Japanese manga artist and creator of the popular manga series “Attack on Titan.” Born on August 29, 1986, in Hita, Oita Prefecture, Japan, Isayama had an early interest in manga and began drawing at a young age.
After graduating from high school, Isayama moved to Tokyo to pursue a career in manga. He enrolled in a manga drawing course and began submitting his work to publishers. His first breakthrough came in 2006 when he won a prize in the Weekly Shonen Magazine’s “Monthly Four Seasons Award” for his one-shot manga “Heart Break One.”
Isayama’s big break came in 2009 when he began publishing “Attack on Titan” in the monthly manga magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. The series quickly gained popularity both in Japan and overseas, with its unique blend of dystopian sci-fi, horror, and action.
“Attack on Titan” is set in a world where humanity lives behind huge walls to protect itself from giant humanoid creatures known as Titans. The story follows a group of young soldiers who must fight to protect their city and uncover the secrets behind the Titans.
Isayama’s artwork in “Attack on Titan” is highly detailed and realistic, with a focus on facial expressions and body language that conveys the emotions of his characters. His storytelling is also highly praised for its complexity and depth, with themes that explore the nature of humanity, power, and corruption.
In addition to “Attack on Titan,” Isayama has also worked on several other manga series, including “Heart Break One,” “Orz,” and “Spoof on Titan.” He has won several awards for his work, including the Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shonen Manga in 2011.
As of 2021, Hajime Isayama is continuing to work on the manga series “Attack on Titan.” The series has been serialized since 2009 and is nearing its conclusion. In addition to the manga, Isayama has also worked on several spin-off series, including “No Regrets,” “Before the Fall,” and “Lost Girls.”
Isayama has also been involved in the production of the anime adaptation of “Attack on Titan,” serving as a writer and storyboard artist for some episodes. He has expressed interest in working on future anime projects and has stated that he would like to work on a science-fiction series at some point in the future.
Aside from his work in the manga and anime industry, Isayama has also been involved in various charity events and initiatives. In 2011, he auctioned off original artwork to raise funds for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. He has also been involved in fundraising events for the Hita City Disaster Prevention Association, a local organization in his hometown that works to promote disaster preparedness and response.
Hajime Isayama is a highly influential and respected figure in the manga industry, and his work on “Attack on Titan” has earned him a dedicated fan following around the world. While he is primarily focused on his manga and anime projects, he has also shown a commitment to giving back to his community and using his platform for charitable causes.