The first time Eddy Ikeda, a Japanese comic artist, took the stage at a Comic Con, he did so with a smile.
He’d had the good fortune to be born into a family of Japanese emigres and grew up in a community where a few of his friends are artists, including his idol and fellow artist Satoshi Kon.
Edd’s parents, who were in their 80s, are both Japanese, but he was raised in the United States and attended school in Japan.
In the early 1990s, he started drawing manga and he was already a prolific writer when his parents’ health problems hit, leading him to relocate to Los Angeles in 1992, where he would attend the prestigious San Diego Comic-Con.
Eddy started working on a cartoon titled “Akihiko,” or “Frost,” at the age of 18, drawing characters from Japan’s past, such as the samurai Shintaro Matsumoto.
At the time, Matsumotoshi was known for his famous “Tsunami of the Sun” series, a fictional Japanese tsunami that devastated Tokyo in 2011.
The story takes place on the day of the tsunami, in which the main character is kidnapped by a group of masked Japanese samurai.
Ed’s first cartoon for the series, which ran for six issues and eventually spawned two films, is titled “Kaiju: The Beginning.”
In 2001, Ed published “Kenshi,” a one-shot series that featured two characters, a samurai and a ninja, fighting a giant turtle.
The series has sold more than 20 million copies, and is widely regarded as a cultural landmark.
In 2003, Edd published “Hiroshi,” a comic that was written by Yoshihiro Togashi and illustrated by Masahiro Takayama.
“Haru” (The First), a comic in the same vein as “Haku” and the “Hatsu no O” (Three Days in the Valley of the Wind) series, was published in 2005.
The following year, he published “Ace” (Two Heroes), which introduced the main characters to an entire new generation of superheroes.
“A Hero’s Tale,” which follows the adventures of a group that must unite their world to defeat the forces of evil, was also published that year.
He also started publishing manga for the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
He’s worked on numerous anime and manga projects over the years, including the anime adaptation of “Moe no Mori” and “The World’s Greatest Detective.”
Edd also worked on a live-action TV series called “Kanzenjisuki,” which aired in 2011 and starred Hiroko Yonezawa as the heroine.
The animated series, set in the world of “Fairy Tail,” followed the lives of a team of young students and also stars Akane Matsumota as a high school student.
“Kanojo-san” (Lucky Day) is a comedy-drama, written by Kiyoshi Mizuhara, that premiered in 2016.
The show follows an elite group of high school students who are chosen by their school to participate in the first Kanzenjisu, a special event where they’ll be invited to a contest where they have to guess the names of the characters on the card.
The first episode was a critical hit for the animation studio, and it inspired Edd to work on a follow-up to the series.
“I wanted to make the characters’ names and their names have more meaning,” Edd told Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s about a young person’s life, about being accepted and having hope.”
Eddy’s first solo manga, “Arakune,” debuted in the early 2000s and earned praise from some fans for its originality.
Ed said that he had a love for fantasy manga, which led him to take the plunge into writing manga about the lives and adventures of young girls.
“After I started drawing ‘Kanojisuke’ and ‘Haru’ I got to realize that I was the first person who ever started to write about the girls,” Ed said.
Ed also created a number of other works, including “Natsuru no Yuusha,” which was released in 2018, and “Kouki ni Mita ni Chikai,” which won him the Best Manga Award at the 2018 Comic Con.
“The more I read, the more I realized that my dream is to do a full-length manga about my life, and that’s how I became a manga artist,” Ed added.
“Even though I’m not an artist, I feel like I’ve got a lot of stories and I want to tell them.”