Anime illustrator does art for school history workbook

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Featuring illustrations by Tetsuya Nishio, the creative genius at leading anime studio Production I.G Inc., a workbook for Japanese history is due out July 15 from textbook publisher Obunsha Co., Obunsha said.

“Kyokasho Yori Yasashii Nihon-shi Note” (Japanese history workbook that’s easier to understand than textbooks) is the workbook to go along with the innovative “Kyokasho Yori Yasashii Nihon-shi,” a manga-style study guide that came out in summer 2010.

The series is supervised by leading historian Akiyasu Ishikawa and is illustrated by animator Nishio, who has produced many works at Production I.G.

The study guide introduces 15 key figures in Japanese history in chronological order. To enrich the content, the workbook edition added nine more famous names, including feudal warlord Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) and former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida (1878-1967).

Students will fill in blanks with basic terms and keywords to expand their understanding of history. The terms have been carefully selected to suit those beginning their studies of Japanese history.

The 192-page workbook in a B5-sized format is priced at 1,000 yen ($12), including tax.

It is aimed not only at junior and senior high school students, but also at adults who want to take another look at history.

Nishio was the creative hand behind “Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2,” “Naruto” and “The Sky Crawlers.” In addition to his illustrations of key historical figures, Nishio also added other artwork.

Nishio’s distinctive illustrations will impress both his fans and those new to his works. See (

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