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1[[quoteright:350:]]²²Leiji Matsumoto (born January 5, 1938) is one of the great names of anime and manga, primarily for being the principal creator of what is probably one of the earliest [[TheVerse shared continuities]] over several anime series, creating a unified arc commonly referred to as the Anime/{{Leijiverse}}. The characters and settings, combined with a strong reception in the West, meant that his early series were often the primary introduction to anime for Western viewers of the '70s and early '80s.²²A little-known fact is that Matsumoto was ''not'' the creator of ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', but was brought on to the project by the producer. [[MyRealDaddy However, it is acknowledged that Matsumoto's vision was the primary ingredient for the success of the series.]]²²Matsumoto's wife, former manga artist Miyako Maki, has been credited with the creation of both the ''Licca-chan'' doll (the Japanese equivalent of {{Franchise/Barbie}}) and quite the contributions to the {{shojo}} and {{josei}} manga genres. In fact, Matsumoto himself was a notable ''shojo'' artist in his early years, when SpaceOpera, his real passion, sold poorly. Reportedly, they met at a manga magazine. It is sometimes speculated that it was the ''Licca-chan'''s success, which made them financially independent, enabled Matsumoto to pursue his artistic vision largely free from ExecutiveMeddling. ²²Anime series of note include:²* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' a.k.a. ''Star Blazers''²* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''²* ''Anime/CaptainHarlock''²* ''Anime/TheGalaxyRailways''²* ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas''²* ''Anime/QueenMillennia'' a.k.a. ''The Queen of a Thousand Years'' which was cut together with ''Captain Harlock'' in the only US release.²* ''Anime/PlanetRoboDanguardAce''²* ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}''²* ''Anime/SubmarineSuper99''²²Accepted an invitation from the French musical group Music/DaftPunk (who are great admirers of his work) to come out of retirement and collaborate on the concept album/anime feature film ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}: The 5tory of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem''. In addition, on October 23rd 2012 he was honored with [[ the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres]]. The French seem to really love him.²²----²!!Tropes:²²* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Both ''Yamato'' and ''Interstella'' feature blue-skinned humanoid aliens.²* ColbertBump: Since Leiji Matsumoto is relatively unknown in the States outside of ''{{Anime/Interstella 5555}}'', the hardcover edition of the ''{{Anime/Queen Emeraldas}}'' manga not only featured a pull quote on the back cover from {{Music/Daft Punk}}, but another pull quote discussing Matsumoto's influence on Daft Punk's work.²* {{Gonk}}: At least one character in each of his manga will have a squash/eggplant-shaped head with beady eyes.²* OnlySixFaces: His female protagonists (Yuki, Starsha, Queen Emeraldas, Stella) sometimes run into this: long, willowy, and often blonde. Definitely AuthorAppeal. Matsumoto himself has stated that the wan, long-haired maidens are all based on a discovered photograph of his grandmother as a young woman, which struck a nerve with him as he was just starting his career.


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