Hometown: Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
In 1979, he made his debut with Crusher Joe while he was a student at Keio University. Around the same time, he joined the Studio Nue (スタジオぬえ) as an animator. He has had stories published in the manga anthology series Petit Apple Pie.
Hosono is the author of Gallery Fake and Tarō as well, for which two he won Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga in 1996.