Japanese manga artists die 20 years younger than the average person

Manga Artist

One Twitter user made an observation after finding a list of manga creators along with their age at the time of death. Their discovery is that on average, manga artists (mangaka) die more than 20 years earlier than the general population of Japan.

The trend was discovered by a French Twitter user who had come across a list of mangaka and their ages.

Following the death of Akira Toriyama, I wanted to know if mangakas really died younger than the rest of the Japanese. the information cannot be found in French or English, but by looking carefully I came across a Japanese blog which was making a list.

Translation: Google

On average, the average mangaka lived to be about 63 years old. At the time of writing, the average lifespan in Japan is 85 (according to a quick Google search).

Some fans speculate that this could be due to the difficult working conditions of creative-types in Japan. It’s unclear how much of it is true, but artists regularly “brag” about how they often pull all-nighters in order to meet deadlines for new chapters.

This news follows the untimely death of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama whose passing was announced last week. He was 68.


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