The work of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto mixes historical periods, themes and technologies, often in a science-fiction setting:
His signature comics involve steam locomotives and reborn World War II battleships sailing among the stars.
These grand flights of fancy, which have found fans around the world.
Remarks of Leiji Matsumoto
“When I was a child, and indeed throughout my life,
I was always thinking and reading about the Earth and sentient beings in the past, present and future,” Matsumoto says.
“I grew up watching many American cartoons like Mickey Mouse and movies, especially ‘Gone With the Wind,’
and that memorable scene in which Scarlett O’Hara swears, ‘I’ll never be hungry again.’”
Leiji Matsumoto (born January 5, 1938) is one of the great names of anime and manga, primarily for being the principal creator of what is probably one of the earliest shared continuities over several anime series, creating a unified arc commonly referred to as the Leijiverse. The characters and settings, combined with a strong reception in the West, meant that his early series were often the primary introduction to anime for Western viewers of the ’70s and early ’80s.(more)