Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (島袋 光年 Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi?, born 19 May 1975 in Okinawa, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist. He made his debut in 1996 in Weekly Shōnen Jump and received a Akatsuka Award for best new comic manga writer.[citation needed] He is best known for Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! (世紀末リーダー伝たけし!?, "A Tale of a Leader in the End of the Century Takeshi!") (1997–2002, 24 volumes), for which he won the 2001 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.[1] His current series is Toriko (トリコ?), which began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2008.

In 2002, he was arrested and convicted of violating child prostitution laws, including paying a 16-year-old girl ¥80,000 to have sex.[2][3] As a result of the arrest, Seikimatsu Leader Den Takeshi! was cancelled by Weekly Shōnen Jump.[4]

Shimabukuro is friends with Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece.[5]

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