Before they got gained instant fame, they were like everyone else—struggling to finish college in order to get a good career. These mangakas however, decided to veer away from the rigors of the academe to pursue their true passion—creating mangas.
It’s hard to believe at first but the two well-known mangakas mentioned below hold lofty educational degrees but decided to venture into writing some of the most popular manga series that we are familiar with today.
Notable works: Codename: Sailor V and Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
During her high school years, Naoko Takeuchi was an active member of her school’s astronomy and manga club. They were required to wear sailor suits (or sailor fuku) on campus (which had become a formula to create the Sailor Moon manga). Even then, her ultimate ambition in life was to become a manga artist but due to her family’s request, she decided to study chemistry at the Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy.
Takeuchi graduated and became a licensed pharmacist. The title of her thesis was called “Heightened Effects of Thrombolytic Actions Due to Ultrasound.” She is currently married to mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi (creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter) and has two kids.
Notable works: Black Jack, Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Metropolis.
During his childhood years, Tezuka goes with his mother to watch the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theater troupe in Japan. The troupe had become one of Tezuka’s inspirations when it comes to art. He started to draw comics during his second year of elementary school. He drew them under the pen name “Osamushi.”
Believe it or not, Tezuka obtained his medical degree from Osaka University but did not become a medical doctor due to his great passion for drawing manga and animation.