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Adachitoka's "self-portrait".

Adachitoka (あだちとか) is the pen name of the creators of Noragami (ノラガミ). It is a portmanteau of the names of the character artist Adachi ( () (だち) ) and the background artist Tokashiki ( () () (しき) ). Both are female. Adachi was born in Yamagata-ken, Murayama-shi and her birthday is on December 14th. Tokashiki was born in Okinawa-ken, Naha-shi and her birthday is on November 28th.[1]

In omake[2] and interview comics,[3] Adachitoka depicts themselves as a rectangular or cylindrical character with cartoonish facial expressions. They are oftentimes drawn without arms.

History

Adachitoka first submitted their work to Monthly Shounen Jump (but got rejected) and Monthly Afternoon (but received no response). They submitted three manga to Monthly Shounen Magazine, and moved to Tokyo after graduating college to begin their career as a mangaka under the pen name "Tougen-kyo". The duo then began working as an assistant to Motohiro Katou, who gave critiques of their manga and came up with their current pen name.[3]

Adachitoka debuted by providing the illustrations for the manga "Alive: The Final Evolution" (アライブ -最終 進化的 少年-), written by Tadashi Kawashima and serialized in Monthly Shounen Magazine from 2003-2010.[4]

After completing their work on "Alive," Adachitoka had an idea for a new series based around a "Yato-like" character from a one-shot they had previously written.[3] This idea was developed into Noragami, which began its serialization on December 6, 2010[4] and is Adachitoka's first original work.[2]

Due to health concerns, Adachitoka took a year-long break from writing Noragami from April 2017 to May 2018.[5]

References

  1. Natalie: あだちとか
  2. 2.0 2.1 Volume 1: Untitled (omake)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kodansha US: "Read the Noragami Interview Manga with Adachitoka" - December 28, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wikipedia: Monthly Shōnen Magazine
  5. Anime News Network: "Noragami Manga Resumes in June After Year-Long Hiatus" - April 27, 2018
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