KOJI KUMETA was born on September 5, 1967. He is one of Japan's most popular manga humorists. His hit series include the hockey-themed romantic comedy "Go!! Southern Ice Hockey Club" and Katte Ni Kaizo. Currently, he's serializing "Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei" in "Weekly Shonen Magazine," a bestselling manga magazine. It is his first work to be adapted into anime and has also won the prestigious 31st Kodansha Manga Award in the "shonen" [boys' manga] category. The author lives in Japan.