Yoshihiro Takahashi (高橋 義廣 Takahashi Yoshihiro) is a mangaka*. He writes under a pen name in which his first name is spelled out in hiragana: 高橋よしひろ.
Takahashi was born September 18, 1953, in Akita Prefecture. He was very interested in drawing growing up and, in the 60’s, started publishing small comics in several newspapers and magazines. His first manga was Shitamachi Benkei in 1971, but his break through came in 1983 when publishing the popular manga Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin, also known as Silver Fang or Silver Fang – The Shooting Star Gin –, the story about a bear hound named Gin who goes in search for strong dogs all over the country of Japan to fight the villain of the story, a bear named Akakabuto. He got the idea in 1980 when he read an article about domestic dogs that ran away from their owners and lived as wild dogs in the mountains. The pure idea fascinated him, which lead him to write the manga about the puppy. In 1987, the series won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga.
Takahashi started to publish the sequel, Ginga Densetsu Weed, in 1999 and it soon became a hit as well as an anime which aired on September 17th, 2005.
Takahashi has been touted as the first manga artist to have featured a puppy as a brave and rightful hero.
- He has been part in drawing the dogs and bears in Alice Gear Aegis.
- He has also drawn for a Mafia party game: Jinrō Game – Hisomu Ōkami.
- Besides the pen name of writing his first name in hiragana, he has also used other pen names: Gō Yūki (結城 剛) and Jun Takamiya (高宮じゅん)
- Some manga and short stories he’s only been the artist of: Aozora Fishing, Amakakeru Toki, Shōnen To Inu, Kyōko No Shura, Fang, Taishi – Haruka Naru Michi.
- Only one he’s been of the story: Ginga: The First Wars
*Mangaka” (漫画家) is the Japanese word for manga artist.