Only in his late-thirties, Shuzo Oshimi is already considered a
seasoned veteran of the Japanese comics community. Winner of the
most important comics awards for newcomers, the Tetsuya Chiba Award
in 2001, Oshimi has been penning quirky slice-of-life dramas now
for over a decade for major manga publishers including Kodansha.
After drawing nine series, Oshimi's star began to rise in 2008 with
the release of his first hit, Drifting Net Cafe. This horror-themed
homage to the legendary Kazu Umezzo work, Drifting Classroom, was
adapted into a live-action series, and propelled Oshimi onto an
international stage. He would soon reach new heights in 2009 with
The Flowers of Evil.
As to date he has over 13 works which include serializations and art contributions.
The cinematic, almost overwhelming power with which Oshimi depicts
the warped relationship between the protagonist and his
mother, and the staggering turn the story takes [at the end of
volume 1], have set Blood on the Tracks well on its way to becoming
-Kono manga ga sugoi!