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Usenet Manga Guide
April 1996
(version 6.03)
Part 1/3
compiled and edited by
Iain Sinclair (



i. Introduction
ii. How to Use this Guide

I. Guide (A-N)
II. Guide (O-Z) + list of contributors
III. Usenet Manga Magazines Guide


i. Introduction

Since its inception in 1992, the Usenet Manga Guide has been the one of the
largest, most comprehensive and up-to-date references for manga in the English
language. In its plain text form, it amounts to over 30,000 words. Nearly a
hundred manga artists and their works are listed, and many biographies,
summaries and reviews are also provided.

The Usenet Manga Guide began as a way to answer the many frequently asked
questions about popular manga titles. This is still its primary function.
Readers should check this guide before posting any of the following questions
to the net:

"What is the latest volume number of (some manga)?"
"Is (some manga) still running?"
"Who drew or wrote (some manga)?"
"Who published (some manga)?"

and to a lesser extent:

"What is the plot of (some manga)?"
"What else has (some manga artist) done?"
"What were the main influences on (some manga artist)?"
"What other mangas will I like if I like (some manga

This document first began as a minimal list of titles, authors and publishers,
which was irregularly posted by Chih-Ping Kuo in 1992. A few months later, the
maintenance of this list was turned over to Iain Sinclair, who expanded it
substantially with reviews, new entries, JIS code, and laboriously researched
bibliographic details.

The primary sources of data for the Usenet Manga Guide were Fukuya's Comic
Catalog and Touhan's monthly manga releases sheets. They are primarily intended
for Japanese booksellers, but are invaluable references for serious manga
hunters. (Details of these sources are given in the Usenet Manga Resources


ii. How to use this Guide

Please refer to the other Usenet manga FAQs for general background about manga,
the net, JIS encoding, etc.

The Usenet Manga Guide lists manga artists in English alphabetical order. Each
manga artist has a brief biography (where supplied), and a list of their most
important or recent mangas, in loosely chronological order.

For each manga, the following information is listed, with optional items in [ ]

* Romaji title, Japanese title (in JIS), [English title];

o [author/gensaku-sha;]
o magazine where the manga was serialized, OR publisher; (Please note
that publishers of manga magazines are listed in the Usenet Manga
Magazines FAQ. Currently running mangas are listed as "currently
serialized" or "currently published".)

o year of first publication; [year finished;]
o [number of volumes;]
o price per volume (in Yen);

+ synopsis/review/plot summary; (these are usually provided by
readers of the net, and tend to reflect individual tastes and
opinions, as with any review. They should not necessarily be
regarded as authoritative or objective. Contributors' names are
credited at the end of the Guide.)

+ list of relevant URLs. (provided as a sample only, not intended
as a full cross-reference to manga on the Web, and not
guaranteed to be current.)

Japanese bookstores only require the title, artist/author and publisher to
order a manga. ISBNs are not necessary.

The best way to find information in this guide is to keep a copy on-line and
search it electronically with a text editor or word processor. For those
looking for recommendations for new mangas, or information in general, it is
also suitable for browsing at random.

Currently, the WWW version of the guide is a single, bulky document with
minimal interactivity, generating about 250 hits per week. A proper queryable
database was planned, but this would take much more time than the current
maintainer can spare. In addition, no interest in this kind of service has been

A Japanese-capable browser should be used to read the WWW version. Those using
a Japanese-language text renderer such as Shodouka should set their browser's
memory cache (10MB should be sufficient) to handle the large amount of JIS code
in the Guide.


Adachi Mitsuru あだち充

Adachi has his own baseball team, called `Vitamin A'.

(born 9 February 1951, Gunma prefecture)


Touch タッチ - serialized on Shonen Sunday 1981-87, 26 volumes @ Y390, 11
wide-ban volumes @ Y680.
Adachi's most successful work, made into 3 movies and a 108-part TV
series. It is loosely divided into three parts. In the first part, the
main theme was the love triangle between Tatsuya, Kazuya, and Minami.
Uesugi Tatsuya and Kazuya were twins, and Asakura Minami was the girl next
door. The second part of Touch concentrated on Tatsuya trying to put
himself into Kazuya's shoes. Tatsuya got "traded" from the boxing team to
the baseball team for a picture of Lum with an autograph of Takahashi
Rumiko. Tatsuya pitched the Meisei team into the second round of the
regional tournament, but lost to Nishimura and Seinan High School in an
extra inning game while pitching a no-hitter. Minami, who had been the
baseball team manager, also became a member of the school's rhythmic
gymnastics team. Minami did exceptionally well and made it to the national
tournament. The third part of Touch concentrated on Tatsuya making himself
good enough for Minami. Meisei got a new coach because the old coach got
sick. The new coach worked the team like the devil. But it paid off when
Meisei made it to the finals of the regional tournament to face Nitta and
Sumi Technical High School.

Nine ナイン - serialized on Shonen Sunday 1990, 2 volumes @ Y680.
High school sports (mainly baseball) and romance story. 3 TV movies were

Miyuki みゆき - serialized on Big Comic 1980-4, 12 volumes @ Y360. 5
wide-ban volumes @ Y680.
Wakamatsu Masato lives with his step-sister, Miyuki, whom he does not have
blood relationship with. Their father is always working oversea (in fact,
he has not appeared in the manga at all...) and left the two of them
living by themselves in Tokyo. Miyuki is cute, nice, sensitive and very
popular among guys around Masato. Masato has a girlfriend at school whose
name is Kajima Miyuki, who is pretty and gentle, the ideal dream of every
highschool boy. It took years for Masato and his sister to realise whom
they love and care most after a lot of events. The manga is very nicely
written, with excellent layout, interesting story and character
developments, refreshing art style and filled with youth and emotion. It
also shows the dramatic improvement of the author's skill.

Rough ラフ - serialized on Shonen Sunday 1987-89, 12 volumes @ Y370, 6
wide-ban volumes @ Y700.
Adachi probably got the 4dea for this manga from Romeo and Juliet. Yamato
Keisuke and Ninomiya Ami are the offsprings of two rival families. Both
families are confectionary shops, and have been trying to defeat each
others for generations. Two generations ago, Ninomiya grandfather came up
with an idea of an owl-shaped cake, but Yamato grandfather quickly thought
of a similar thing but with ears. Because they were of same price and the
Yamato's ones has extra ears, the business of Ninomiya suffered, and
Ninomiya grandfather fell ill consequently, worrying about his business.
Before his death, his last words were "I was killed by the Yamato's". This
put the two families in extreme enemy situation. In this generation,
however, as Keisuke's interactions with Ami increases, he fell for the one
who is most difficult to deal with. The manga in general probably appeals
more to non-baseball-fans than Touch. The story is interesting, exploring
interactions between different kinds of relationships in depth (the
friendship between the five guys is especially impressive). Distinct art
style and layout. Nice sense of humour.

Slow Step スローステップ - serialized on Ciao 1986-91,7 volumes @ Y390.
High school softball and boxing and romance story. One of the very few
shojo manga that Adachi did. This manga focuses on the love triangle
relationship among Nakasato Minatsu, Akibara Shuu and Kadomatsu Naoto. In
an unusual circumstance, Minatsu covers up herself into a girl who looks
completely different (to avoid being recognised by some gangsters), but on
her way she bumped into Naoto, thus made Naoto fell in love with this
"version" of Minatsu. The manga is a lot of fun, especially the part when
Minatsu has to change over to Maria (her name when she is in another
"version") all the time when Shuu and Naoto is at the same place.

H2 - currently serialized on Shonen Sunday, 1992-present, 15 volumes @ Y390.
Adachi's current work. Another highschool baseball/romance story, with
``two heroes and two heroines''.

Ah! Seishun no Koshien ああ!青春の甲子園 - published by Shogakukan, 7

Short Program ショート・プログラム - published by Shogakukan, 1988, Y980.

Niji-iro Togarashi 虹色とうがらし - serialized on Shonen Sunday 1990-2,
12 volumes @ Y390.

Hiatari Ryoko 陽あたり良好! - published by Shogakukan, 1991, 2 volumes @

Sekiyo yo nobore!! - written by Yamasaki Juzo, published by Shogakukan, 1991,

Nakimushi Koshien 泣き虫甲子園 - written by Yamasaki Juzo, published by
Shogakukan, 1993, 2 volumes @ Y680.


Araki Hirohiko 荒木飛呂彦

One of Shonen Jump's established artists. Well known for his unique art style
and bizarre sound effects, such as ``WRRREEEEYYY'' or ``BARROOOO'' or
``DORARARARARARA!''. Araki's main influences include Yokoyama Mitsuteru and
probably Hara Tetsuo, although his work shows a distinct Western sensibility,
with some apsects reminiscent of the work of the American illustrator Burne
Hogarth. Other manga-kas such as Maki Koji and Inoue Sen 井上宣 have
captured the some of the feel of Araki's work.

Araki's main hobbies are travelling and Western rock/pop music. References to
the latter appear frequently throughout his manga.

(born 6 July, 1960)


Jojo's Bizarre Adventure ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 [Taiwanese title
JOJO冒険野郎] - currently serialized on Shonen Jump, 1987-present, 44
Violent, strange saga spanning four continents and four generations.
Araki's ideas are stretched increasingly thin, but there is still plenty
of action and new concepts to sustain the interest of demanding Shonen
Jump readers. Each part of Jojo can be read more or less independently,
and has its own atmosphere and storytelling/art style.

It all starts in England, 1880, with Jonathan Joestar (``Jojo''), an
aristocrat's son, and his rival, Dio Brando, who plans to usurp Jojo's
inheritance. In the ensuing conflict, Dio puts on an Aztec mask and
becomes an undead. To defeat Dio, Jojo learns ``hamon'', a yoga-like
discipline, and the stage is set for their final showdown.

Part II (volumes 5-12) begins in New York, 1937. Jonathan's grandson Josef
goes up against the ``Ultimate Life Forms'', prehistoric overlords who
made the stone mask.

Part III (volumes 12-28) is set in the present day, with Dio resurrected
from his watery grave, now possessing a ``stand'', or visible psi power.
Dio's psychic resonance also endows members of the Joestar family with
``stand'' power, but endangers the life of of Josef's daughter, Holly.
Josef and Holly's son, Kujo Jotaro, band together to bring down Dio and
save her.

Part IV (volumes 29-45) centers around the efforts of Jotaro and Josef's
illegitimate son, Josuke, to retrieve the ``Bow and Arrow'', the artifact
that bestows ``stand'' power. This section of the manga, set in Japan,
1999, is more in a ``romantic horror'' style than the fighting-manga

Part V (not yet in tankoubon) concerns Giorno Giovanna, another kid in the
Joestar lineage.

See also: <>

Jojo 6251 JOJOジョースター家の黙示録 compiled by Shukan Shonen Jump
Shu 週刊少年ジャンプ編, - published by Shuueisha, 1993, Y2000.
A mook full of color illustrations, excerpts from the manga, Jojo
character profiles, a map of the Jojo saga, an interview with Araki, and
more. Subtitled ``Araki Hirohiko's world'', it's an excellent way to get
the best of Jojo without having to buy every volume.

Bao Raihosha [aka BAOH: Armored Phenomenon] - serialized on Shonen Jump 1984, 2
volumes @ Y370.
A sinister research center implants a parasite in a boy, Hashizawa Ikuro,
turning him into a fearsome bio-weapon. He escapes, but after his
companion Sumire is kidnapped, he is forced into a showdown at the
research center. Fairly standard shonen action/SF manga, enlivened by
Araki's offbeat approach. The manga for which he is best known in the West
(via translations, and the successful anime).

Gorgeous Irene ゴージャス★アイリン - serialized on Shonen Jump 1986,

Mashonen B.T. 魔少年ビーティー - serialized on Shonen Jump 1986, Y370.

Nikola Tesla - published in Super Jump 1989.


Aro Hiroshi あろひろし

Most of Aro's stories have a clear, clean appearance with a surreal quality.
This could also be said of his characters, tone, and attitude. He uses hentai
with its double meaning of `metamorphosis' to describe weird backgrounds,
assorted personalities, and other strangeness. His humour-oriented stories
usually share the same universe.

In late 1994, Aro and Yano Kentaro started the quarterly manga magazine Comic
Will together.

(Aro Hiroshi is a pseudonym.)


Morumo 1/10 - serialized on Shonen Captain 1985, 2 volumes @ Y550.
A combination of the superhero, comedy, and love story genres. Morumo is
an alien girl raised on earth. She is 16.3 meters tall at age 16 and
weighs 43 tons. She looks human (with pink hair); if you are far enough
away, her proportions look human. She occasionally takes a shrinking serum
that reduces her body by one-tenth in size.

You and Me 優&魅衣 - serialized on Shonen Jump Monthly, 1986-89, 5
volumes @ Y600.
Yo is a boy who just moved into the equivalent of a boarding house.
Everything is not as it first seems, even the boy. Living in the same room
is a ghost (female) named Me. The series is a combination of love, humor,
and a general parody of anime and manga.

Futaba-kun, Change! ふたば君チェンジ - currently serialized on Shonen
Jump Monthly, 7 volumes @ Y390.
Another high school hentai slapstick manga. Futaba changes his/her gender
when he/she gets excited. But it's not only him. His family is filled with
gender-changing people.

Hunter Cats ハンタ―・キャツ - currently serialized on Shonen Captain,
1992-present, 4 volumes @ Y550.
A semi-parody of the trouble-shooter genre. Basically, it's about 3 women
with inhuman capabilities who solve cases. It is derived from, and an
improvement over, his earlier work Sheriff. One of the members is also
from Sheriff. The names and titles are: Mei the cyberqueen (super hacker),
Akira the iron fist (great strength, very athletic, has scars all over her
body), and Hikaru the quick (unmatched pick pocket, has super speed, can
grab a fired bullet from the air and steal bullets from guns without the
user being aware; when she was younger she was in Sheriff and was a thief,
but she reformed).

Tottemo Shonen Tankentai とっても少年探検隊 - published by Shueisha,
1993, 2 volumes @ Y390.
The story of a bunch of explorers on a fantastic school campus. Each
member of the team has their own special feature or quirk. The school is
vast, a kind place that might might be considered heaven to Calvin of
Calvin and Hobbes. While I do not have all the original stories to
compare, I have noticed that Aro decided to add extras to the last story
(the story of Noah's ark and the tower of babel). The extras are pages
186-187 (Yukari eats Babel Parfait and finds out why people refer to these
places as tourist's traps when she gets the bill), 189-193 (a golem
attacks and is destroyed by Cleo), 197 (this is hindu mythology (?) of a
tortoise going through the heavens with elephants on its back, which
supports the earth (not to sure if I remember these religons correctly)),
202-203 (the impressive effects of the pieces of Babel crashing into the
earth). 204 (primarily the addition of Cleo to the scene).

Project A-ko 3 プロジェクトA子 - anthology, published Rapport, 1988,

Unkai no Tabibito 雲界の旅人 - published by Tokuma Shoten, 1989, Y680.

4 Spirits Plus [プラス] - anthologies, - published by Rapport, 1989, 7
volumes @ Y800.

Sheriff シェリフ - published by Shueisha, 1989-90, 2 volumes @ Y370.

Boogie-Woogie Alligator ぶぎうぎアリゲーター - published by
Shueisha, 1990, Y600.

Para no iya gekijo ぱらのい屋劇場 - published by Shueisha, 1991, 2
volumes @ Y600.

Fuin 封印 - published by Rapport, 1991, Y500.

Omisore! Tora Burikko おみそれ!トラぶりっ娘 - published by Shueisha,
1992, Y800.

Battle Angels バトル・エンジェルス - with Yano Kentarou, published by
Rapport, 1994, Y800.

Muteki Eiyu Esugaiyaa 無敵英雄エスガイヤー - published by Hakusensha,
1994, Y520.

Trickster - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1995, Y900.


Asagiri Yu あさぎり夕

Asagiri Yu debuted on Nakayoshi in 1977 with Hikari mezashite tonde yuke. She
won the 11th Kodansha annual manga award with the work Nana iro magic in 1987.
Asagiri is good at drawing pretty people and using SD-characters at appropriate
times, and has a flair for fashion. Focusing on shojo-manga, most of her works
are published by Kodansha, but recently she made a vague comment about wanting
to be free and try something new. Her newest works are now published in Shoujo
Friend & Shoujo Comic. There is also an Asagiri Yu (name spelled differently
with kanji, 朝霧 夕) who published some "racy" stuff.


Kurenai Densetsu 紅伝説 - published by Shogakukan, 1991-2, 4 volumes @

Akogare Adventure - published by Kodansha, 1986, 3 vols @ Y370.
A griffin medallion is the only lead to the "greatest" treasure on earth,
and Miya has it. With bad guys everywhere trying to take the medallion
away, will Miya be able to find the treasure?
Nana-iro Magic なな色マジック - published by Kodansha, 1986-8, 6 volumes
@ Y370.
Nanako... the number seven... dance & dancers ... twin sister who's an
idol... love triangles... fame... the number seven... dancers and dancing.

Apple Dream アップルどりいむ - published by Kodansha, 3 volumes @
A story about a girl who wants to be a mangaka.

Kocchi muite rabu! こっちむいてラプ - published by Kodansha, K4
volumes @ Y390.

Kirakira boshi no dai yogen きらきら星の大予言 - published by Kodansha, 2
volumes @ Y380.

Minmin! ミンミン! - published by Kodansha, 1990-present, 5 volumes @
Min-Min, a sorceress in training, is exiled to earth because of her
incompetence, and cursed to transform into a doll whenever she falls
asleep. She can only change back when she is kissed by someone.

Cash-na Kankei キャッシュな関係 - currently published by Kodansha,
1990-present, 4 volumes @ Y390.

Kon-na Panic コンなパニック - currently published by Kodansha,
1991-present, 4 volumes @ Y390.
Mai is in all respects an average girl, until the day she discover she has
fox-blood and grows fox-ears and tail whenever she feels distressed.

Oneesan no jijo お姉さんの事情 - currently published by Kodansha,
1995-present, Y390.


Asamiya Kia 麻宮騎亜

Asamiya Kia is the same person as the famous animator/character designer
Kikuchi Michitaka.


Shinseiki Vagrants 神星記ヴァグランツ - written by Vauxhall Production,
published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1988, 2 volumes @ Y880.
Some quotes from the net:

``The author is more lost than the readers''.

``Just when you think the story is beginning to make sense, it

``The art is primitive, pre-Tron, low-screentone Asamiya. While
it is common knowledge that Asamiya Kia can't write, Vagrants
has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he can't read, either''.
The story, while messed up big time, is not complex in terms of
players and situations. It tried to tell 4 different stories in
utterly unrelated settings. The main characters
teleport/dimension-warp/whatever universes and solve problems,
not unlike some old network sci-fi shows. The formula may yet
work had the dialogues not been as corny, pace not as dreadful,
and situations not as uninvolving. The story writer meshed
together a space colony, fantasy kingdom, desert village, and
then a moon cult space opera into one blob; the teleporting is
just a Monty Python excuse to move from one setting to another.
It took me $25 original, $20 Chinese DX translation, 8 rereads,
and hours of soul searchings to figure this out. Now that I
have, don't bother. If the only reason you're considering this
title is because it's from Asamiya, t hen that should be good
enough reason for you not to.

Silent Mobius サイレントメビウス - currently serialized on Comp,
1990-present, 7 volumes @ Y950.
To combat the re-emergence of demons in 21st century Japan, the all-female
``Attacked Mystification Police'' is formed. A stylish cyberpunk/occult
manga, which was made into two high-budget anime films. However, the story
has declined drastically in recent years.

``Asamiya can draw, except he doesn't know what to draw.''
``Kikuchi used to come up with only lame ideas but these days he
can't come up with any.''

Mobius Klein メビウスクライン is the continuation of Silent Mobius
after the demise of Comp magazine. Currently, only volume 0 (serialized on
Dengeki Comics GAO, 1994, Y980) of Mobius Klein has been released. There
is also a Silent Mobius game book.

Dark Angel 聖獣伝説ダークエンジェル - currently serialized on Newtype,
1990-present, 2 volumes @ Y850.
Set in a fantasy world very loosely reminiscent of China in the Three
Kingdoms era. The protagonist is an impetuous young boy named Dark, his
tiny assistant angel, and the mad spoiled lord who's on the verge of
stumbling into a major war in his attempts to kill Dark. Nice artwork,
though the story has also deteriorated drastically.

Steam Detective 快傑蒸気探偵団 - currently serialized on Monthly Shonen
Jump, Y390, 1994.
Something of a departure for Asamiya - a story with a retro feel, about a
gumshoe in a fanciful 1920's setting. Uncharacteristically, there is no
screentone at all, though this seems to only highlight his artistic flaws.
Different, but nothing spectacular.

Gunhed - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1989, Y800.
A manga version of the live-action movie.

Compiler コンパイラ - serialized on Afternoon, 1991-92, 3 volumes @ Y500.
Two girls, Assembler (who constructs) and Compiler (who destroys), come to
earth to play a game. They soon give up, and ``senators'' from the
cybernetic dimension send two assassins, Directory and Bios, to finish
them off. There are funny moments, but the ending was disgracefully

See also: Compiler homepage

Assembler 0X アセンブラ0X - currently serialized on Afternoon,
1992-present, 4 volumes @ Y500.
Sequel to Compiler. Lots of Japanese pop culture in-jokes, and the subject
of some of Afternoon's CG covers, but there's precious little substance,
and the bright spots are few and far between. Almost dojinshi-like in its
content. (Takeuchi Naoko is credited as doing some conceptual design for
Assembler 0X.)


Asari Yoshito あさりよしとお

Asari Yoshito's style tends to be simple, almost cutesy...except for the times
he does exploding entrails and shotgun wounds. Whereupon his attention to
detail is impressive. A selective bibliography follows.

(born 20th November, 1962)


Tampenshu 短編集 - published by Tokuma Shoten, 1989, Y680.
A collection of some of Asari's short comics from 1980 to 1988, showing
the variety of different stories and styles that Asari is comfortable
with. My personal favorite is The Magnificent Seven Zombies. (A somewhat
paraphrased title.) Included is a list of all Asari's published stories up
to 1988, for fanatical collectors.

Space Family Carlvinson 宇宙家族カールビンソン - currently serialized on
Shonen Captain, 1986-present, 11 volumes @ Y390.
When a motley band of travelling performers have a deep-space collision
with another spacecraft, they find that the sole survivor of the other
craft is a humanoid infant. They decide to raise the child as their own on
the nearest planet as they wait for other members of the girl's race to
come and find her. Corona-chan grows up as their daughter, and the manga
details her five-year-old adventures with her fuzzball mother, her
robot-soldier father, her living-central-nervous-system pet, and the other
bizarre members of the local village.

Manga Science まんがサイエンス - published by Gakushukenkyusha,
1991-present, 5 volumes [written with roman numerals] @ Y800.
The Manga Science series is something Asari Yoshito did for a Gakken
science magazine (aimed at fifth graders). Each episode, he handles a
different topic. He talks about recent developments: cloning lettuce,
milk-derivative cloth, food made out of crab shells... The entire second
volume is dedicated to the space program.

Wahhaman ワッハマン - currently serialized on Afternoon, 1992-present, 6
volumes @ Y420.
Wahhaman is a special robot soldier built ten thousand years ago by the
Atlanteans. Found and dug up in present-day Tokyo, he cannot remember any
of his past, due to a nasty knock to the head he received at some point.
People tend to mistake Wahhaman, who is unable to speak except for
laughing when going into battle, for someone or something that they are
looking for in their own lives.

Let's Go!! Unagi-chan 行け!!うなぎちゃん - irregularly featured on
Newtype, 1994.
Asari's bizarre Sailor Moon parody.

Chikyu Boei shojo Iko-chan 地球防衛少女イコちゃん - published by Kadokawa
Shoten, 1990, Y890.

Chukuchi Boeigun 中空知防衛軍 - published by Tokuma Shoten, 1989, Y680.

Wagahai wa Robot de aru 吾輩はロボットである [I, Robot] - serialized on
Nora, 1993, Y800.


Chen Wen 鄭問

Chen Wen worked for a dozen design companies before starting his own studio,
working as an illustrator and comic artist. He has pioneered the use of the
Chinese calligraphy brush to draw modern manga, though this is an exacting
process, where one tiny slip can ruin the whole page. Today he is one of
Taiwan's most prominent manga-kas. Chen Wen's hobbies include collecting
models, swimming, reading, and watching movies.

(born 27 December 1958, Tao Yuen, Taiwan)


Heroes of the East Chou Dynasty 東周英雄伝 - serialized on Morning, 1991,
3 volumes @ Y1100.
About Chinese historical figures in the days of the East Chou Dynasty.
Like Magical Super Asia, this was written for Kodansha, not a Taiwanese

Magical Super Asia 深く美しきアジア [lit. Profoundly Beautiful Asia] -
serialized on Afternoon, 1992-4, 5 volumes @ Y1200.
A story of psychics/demi-gods, beast-people and demons, taking place in a
near-future Asian setting. Some of the superb color pages featured
characters which never turned up (or featured only briefly) in the story,
suggesting that Afternoon editors cut it short.

Banzai 萬歳 - serialized on Morning, 1995.
Diviners, heroes, supernatural beings, Taoists and passers-by in 1995 Hong

Other works (all on Taiwanese magazines): Leopard Warriors, Leopard Warriors
II, The God of War, Story of the Assassins, The Armor General.



CLAMP is an all-female team at the forefront of today's shojo manga. Currently,
CLAMP consists of four members:
Name Role Birthday
Okawa Nanase 大川七瀬 writing/scripting/direction2 May 1967
Mokona Apapa もこなあぱぱ art/backgrounds/characters 16 June 1968
Nekoi Mick 猫井みっく assistant 21 January 1969
Igarashi Satsuki
五十嵐さつき cook/assistant 8 February 1969

The core members of CLAMP are Mokona and Okawa, workaholics who are directly
responsible for such mangas as Rg Veda, X and Tokyo Babylon.

CLAMP used to have three additional members: Nanao Sei 七穂せい, Sei
Leeza 聖りいざ and Akiyama Tamayo 秋山たまよ, the latter having
written DERAYD and CLUSTER with CLAMP. Akiyama is now a solo manga-ka, and has
completed a fourth volume of CLUSTER.

All CLAMP's mangas suddenly stopped serialization for a few months in mid-1994.
Officially, Okawa was recovering from the effects of an unhealthy diet, but the
probable real cause was CLAMP's dissatisfaction with the policies of Asuka's
editor. Contributing to their absence was CLAMP's addiction to video games
(they have portrayed themselves as fans of Streetfighter II, the Jojo's Bizarre
Adventure game, and Shin-Megami Tensei 真・女神転生).


Shinkyoku Debide 神曲ダビデ
An early Devilman dojinshi. [?]

Shirahime Sho 白姫抄 - published by Koubunsha, 1992, Y500.
There is a legend that whenever it snows, it is the tears of a white
princess. This manga consists of 3 romantic short stories with `snow' as a
common theme. The artwork is dark, so as to recreate the sentimental
atmosphere of snow, but the stories are quite interesting and romantic.

Seiden Rg Veda 聖伝 - currently serialized on Wings, 1990-present, 9
volumes @ Y490.
Although CLAMP borrowed ideas and names from Hindu/Buddhist mythology,
Rg-Veda has very little to do with them in terms of story. This manga is
CLAMP's first major work and its story and art gets better and better with
each volume. Rg-Veda defines the current state-of-the-art in shojo manga.


Hiten Muma: Rg Veda Illustrations 非天夢魔 - artbook, published by
Shinshokan, Y3200.
Contains all of the early Rg Veda color work.

Campus Police Duklyon 学園特警デュカリオン - published by Kadokawa
Shoten, 1992, 2 volumes @ Y900.
Higashikunimaru Kentarou (what a name...) and Shuukaidou Takeshi are
Campus special police Duklyon who protect the peace on campus. Assigned by
Imonoyama Nokoru, they have to keep their identity secret and when they
transform into Duklyon, they are completely covered in their "uniform".
They usually fight against wierd named monsters from the "organisation" -
Imonoyama Shotenkai led by Sukiyabashi Kotobuki, whose normal form is the
classmate of Kentarou and Takeshi. A fun manga although not as good as
CLAMP Campus Detective Service.

CLAMP Campus Detective Service CLAMP学園探偵団 - serialized on
Asuka, 1992, 3 volumes @ Y520.
A light comedy featuring three whiz kids in CLAMP Elementary School. Takes
place on the same campus as Duklyon. A detective team aims to help female
students on campus to find clues to trace their lost stuff. Nokoru, the de
facto team leader, is very popular among female students, and he's quite
happy to help them.

Tokyo Babylon 東京BABYLON - serialized on South 1991-4, 7 volumes
@ Y580.
Demon hunt story heavily influenced by Kujaku-Oh. However, it concentrates
more on the social background and inner feelings of characters rather than
violence and action.


Shunka-den [aka Chunhyang-Jun] 春夏伝 - serialized on Serie Mystery Extra
(published by Hakusensha), 1992.
Based on a Korean folk tale. (CLAMP said they like Korean costumes.)

X [aka X 1999] - currently serialized on Asuka, 1992, 6 volumes @ Y390.
Opposing factions known as `the seven seals' and `the seven messengers'
begin to gather around a boy called Kamui. Kamui is prophesied to hold the
key to the earth's fate, to be decided on the day of Revelation, in 1999.
An occult/action manga with superb art, complex plots and intriguing
characters. It takes place in the same universe as Tokyo Babylon and CLAMP
Campus Detective Team, and is scheduled to run for 20 volumes.

According to Okawa, `X' was chosen as the title because its associations
with crucifixion, crossroads, the unknown quantity, etc. A two minute
``image anime'' based on X, Double X, has been released. It gives a taste
of the high-budget X movie, originally scheduled for completion in 1995.

Attentive readers will note many references to Kujaku-Oh, Jojo's Bizarre
Adventure (for example, Inuki="stand") and video games.

See also: X homepage <>

Night Head - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1993, written by Iita Jouji
飯田譲治, 2 volumes @ Y1400.
CLAMP only did illustrations for the novel and its blurb, and had nothing
to do with the story. Night Head was originally a late-night live-action
TV series, about two brothers who were locked up in a lab because of their
psychic powers, and the events that follow their escape. The novel,
written by the director of the TV series, will finish at 5 volumes. (CLAMP
has also illustrated the covers of Tanaka Yoshiki's Soryuden 創竜伝

REX Kyoryu Monogatari REX恐竜物語 - serialized on Asuka, 1993, Y800.
A promo manga for the REX movie (doesn't follow the story that closely).

Mokona Ojo no Ehon もこな王女のえほん - published by Kadokawa Shoten,
1994, Y1500.
Drawn by Mokona Apapa. A small picture book (e-hon 絵本), not an
illustration book, intended for children.

Magic Knight Rayearth and Magic Knight Rayearth 2 魔法騎士レイアース -
currently serialized on Nakayoshi, 1994, 2 volumes @ Y680 (first series), 2
volumes @ Y680 (second series).
"Please save the world, the legendary Magic Knights..." Summoned by the
Emerald Princess, Shido Hikaru, Ryusaki Umi and Hooji Fu (all 14 years
old) met each other in their field trip of fate at Tokyo Tower and entered
another dimension where they are the chosen Magic Knights. They received
power and skills and weapons, and their mission is to save the world. This
started their journey, meeting all sorts of strange people and wierd
animals, and fighting against the enemy. Hikaru befriended a rabbit-like
thingy called "Mokona". This manga is drawn in an RPG game style targeted
at girl readers in junior highschool. Nice art work (of course!) with
story emphasising friendship among girls. Its popularity in Nakayoshi
outshines other manga, and is comparable to Sailor Moon. (It is heavily
supported by merchandising, the main reason why it continued running
throughout CLAMP's "strike" of 1994.)

See also:
o Hiroyuki Hironaga's RayEarth homepage
o Kodansha's RayEarth page

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland 不思議の国の美幸ちゃん - irregularly featured
on Newtype Comic Genki, 1993-present.
A parody of Alice in Wonderland, and the source of the title for CLAMP's
1994 CLAMP in Wonderland event. A 7-minute anime, commissioned from Sony
and Mad House with their own money, was shown at the event. The characters
in the anime include Kamui (X), the Rayearth knights, the three CLAMP
detectives, Subaru (Tokyo Babylon), Ashura (Rg Veda), and a cameo from
Kujo Jotaro (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure).

Shining Star シャインイングスター - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1987,

Derayd - published by Shingekisha, 1989, Y1000.

20 Mensho Onegai! 20面相にお願い! - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1990, 2
volumes @ Y800.

Watashi no Suki-na hito わたしの好きな人 - published by Kadokawa Shoten,
1995, Y460.

CLUSTER - published by Shinkigensha, 1990, 4 volumes @ Y880 (including volume

Combination - published by Kobunsha, 1991, Y500.

Hidarite - published in South, 1994.

Moryokiden 魍魎姫伝 - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 2 volumes.

Hagun Seisenki 破軍星戦記 - short story, 199?.


Egawa Tatsuya 江川達也

A former disciple of Motomiya Hiroshi 本宮ひろ志 (a legendary and
prolific manga-ka), he got his big break when his story Don't Give Up won Comic
Morning's open contest. He has recently established an `Egawa Manga Research
Lab', and assembled a faithful and talented group of assistants. He is regarded
as one of the canniest manga-kas in today's industry.


Be Free! - serialized on Morning, 1986-88, 12 volumes @ Y480, 7 wide-ban
volumes @ Y870.
Wild, fast, uninhibited manga about a maths teacher, Sasanishiki (many of
the characters' names come from popular brands of rice, etc). Features raw
but inspired art and story, overloaded with sex scenes, cataclysms and
interesting subplots. Probably loosely autobiographical.

Magical Taruruto-kun まじかる☆タルるートくん - serialized on Shonen
Jump, 1989-93, 21 volumes @ Y390.
5th grader Edojo Honmaru is one of the weakest in his class, until he
meets the little magician Taruruto. Taru's magic helps him to deal with
girls, triumph over bullies and meet other challenges. Lots of fun,
slapstick and fighting, a feelgood title in the spirit of many Shonen Jump

As a bonus, the Magical Taruruto-kun tankoubons contain Egawa's manga
version of his rise to fame, including Nagai Go-inspired work done in his
high school days. For hardcore Taruruto fans, there is also a Magical
Taruruuto-kun Magic Items まじかる☆タルるートくん魔法アイテム book
(published by Shuueisha, 1993, Y480).

Golden Boy - irregularly featured on Super Jump, 1992-present, 6 volumes @
Kintaro is a 25 year old genius, a dropout from Tokyo University, who
likes to tutor and study. His favourite subject for research: women.
Captures some of the uninhibited rawness of his earlier work, with
considerably more refined art.

Tokyo Daigaku Monogatari 東京大学物語 [Tokyo University Story] -
currently serialized on Big Comic Spirits, 1992-present, 11 volumes @ Y500.
A drama about highschool students aiming for Tokyo University. It has
proved quite popular; Egawa has said that he was testing what the public
liked with Magical Taruruto-kun, and the result is reflected in Tokyo
University Story.

Takechan to Papa 東京大学物語 - currently serialized on Mamanga,
1995-present, Y1200.


Fujishima Kosuke 藤島康介

Fujishima rose to fame with Taiho Shichauzo, and his later Aa! Megamisama! is a
consistent best-seller. He is known for being a motorcycle/mechanics otaku and
is a talented costume designer. Fujishima has done costume designs for the
Villgust and KO Seiki Beast Sanjuushi KO世紀ビースト三獣士 animes, and
also did illustrations for the Yumina Senki novel.

(born 7 July 1964)


Taiho Shichauzo 逮捕しちぁうぞ [You're Under Arrest!] - serialized on
Morning Party Extra 1989-91, 7 volumes @ Y420.
The story is about the life of two policewomen, Miyuki (mechanical genius,
expert vehicle driver, the brain of the pair, more introverted), and
Natsumi (enormous strength, expert motorcyle driver, more action-minded).
Both feel embarassed when faced with romantic situations. There are many
interesting supporting roles. Fujishima's art changes greatly between the
first and seventh volumes, as is common with debut manga.

See also: Taiho Shichau Zo! homepage

Aa! Megami-sama! ああっ女神さまっ [Ah! My Goddess!, aka Oh My Goddess!,
Taiwanese title 幸運女神, HK title 我的女神] - currently serialized
on Afternoon, 1990-present, 12 volumes @ Y470, anime comics 4 wide-ban volumes
@ Y800.
Keiichi, a student at Nekomi Institute of Technology, calls a wrong number
and ends up invoking Belldandy, goddess of the present. Belldandy grants
him one wish, and he says: "I want you to stay forever". The wish is
approved, and Keiichi is shortly thrown out of his all-male dorm. He
settled in an old temple and is eventually joined by Belldandy's sisters
Urd, troublemaking goddess of the past, and Skuld, mecha freak and goddess
of the future. (Fujishima derived many characters' names from Norse myth;
for example, Belldandy=Verdandi).

A light-hearted romantic comedy, initially a cult favourite, but now
fairly popular because of its warm atmosphere and eye-candy appeal; the
five OAVs didn't hurt either. Ai ga Tomaranai AIが止まらない,
which ran on Shonen Magazine for a while, is one of many blatant Aa!
Megamisama! ripoffs.

A postcard book (Y880) is available.

See also:
o Relief Goddess Office Homepage <>
o <>

Striker, the Shining Star - irregularly featured on Morning, 1993.
Loosely based on the ``weird baseball dude'' from Taiho Shichauzo.


Hagiwara Kazushi 萩原一至

Hagiwara's biggest achievement is his astounding, technically accomplished art,
which has been at the forefront of shonen manga for the past few years. His
core assistants, who are largely responsible for making it happen, call
themselves ``Studio Loud in School'', apparently because they were in the same
class at school and have similar artistic styles. They regularly publish a
best-selling Bastard!! dojinshi, MegaDeth, usually only available at Comikets.

The members of Studio Loud are Fujita Tsuyoshi 藤田毅, Inoue Takuya
井上卓哉, Tachi Hideyaki 館秀昭 and Uchiyama Issei 内山一成.
In addition to Studio Loud, two of Hagiwara's former assistants are now
moderately successful manga-kas: Tsuruta Hirohisa 鶴田洋久 (creator of
Natsuki Crisis なつきクライシス, serialized on Business Jump,
1991-present, 11 volumes @ Y500) and Yamane Kazutoshi 山根和俊 (creator
of Chodoku Senshi Justice 超弩級戦士ジャスティス, published by Shueisha,
1994-present, 2 volumes @ Y390).

Shiki Satoshi 士貴智志 (creator of RIOT, published by Kadokawa Shoten,
1993, Y950) has been greatly influenced by Hagiwara's art.


Bastard!! - currently serialized on Shonen Jump Season Special, 1987-present,
15 volumes @ Y390.
Dark Schneider, ancient sorcerer, is imprisoned in the body of Luche, an
airheaded boy. Only a virgin's kiss can transform him, and soon a girl
called Yoko obliges. Then all hell breaks loose, and D.S. goes up against
the four rulers of Metallicana, the dark god Anthrathax, and ultimately,
God. (The names of characters and spells are taken from heavy metal music,
in much the same way that Araki borrows names from rock/pop music.)
Incredible art, almost psychedelic at times, very tongue-in-cheek, and
some people even find the story interesting. (Bastard!! started out as a
short story, Wizard, which became a full-time manga due to popular

Bakuen Campus Guardress 爆炎CAMPUSガードレス - currently serialized
on Virtual Jump.
A monthly dose of color sketches, character designs and other scribblings,
which became the basis for an OAV series. Hagiwara's collaborator in this
project is Akahori Satoru あかほりさとる, best known for the equally
vapid manga Bakuretsu Hunter 爆れつハンター (currently serialized on
Gao, 1993-present, 3 volumes @ Y560).


Hara Tetsuo 原哲夫

Hara's work on Hokuto no Ken was a landmark for the second generation of
action/violence mangas. It became the model for numerous other manga-kas
working within the genre, notably Saruwatari Tetsuya and Miyashita Akira
宮下あきら (known best for Sakigake!! Otokojuku 魁!!男塾,
serialized on Shonen Jump 1986-91, 34 volumes @ Y390). Hara also did character
designs for CapCom's Muscle Bomber arcade game.


Hokuto no Ken 北斗の拳 [Fist of the North Star] - serialized on Shonen
Jump 1984-9, 27 volumes @ Y370, written by Buronson 武論尊 (alias of
Fumimura Shou), 15 volumes @ Y1000.
Post-apocalyptic martial arts saga. The story records the wanderings of
Kenshiro, master of the Hokuto Shinken style, bound by the code of his art
to protect the weak. Kenshiro is one of the all-time manga "bad-asses". A
macho-manga classic.

Cyber Blue CYBERブルー - serialized on Shonen Jump 1989-90, 4
volumes @ Y370.
Mindless violence in a near-future setting.

Iron Don Quixote 鉄のドンキホーテ - published by Shonen Jump, 2 volumes @

Hana no Keiji 花の慶○ - written by Ryuukei Ichiro 隆慶一郎.
serialized on Shonen Jump 1990-94, 18 volumes @ Y390,

Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu 影武○徳川家康 - written by Ryuukei Ichiro,
script by Aikawa Sho 曾川昇, serialized on Shonen Jump 1994-5, 5 volumes
@ Y390.

Kato Ryusei 花藤龍星 - currently serialized on Shonen Jump, 1995-present.


Hiramatsu Shinji 平松伸二

Hiramatsu is one of the first generation of true action/violence manga artists,
along with other veterans like Wada Shinji, Shibata Masahiro, Ikegami Ryoichi,
and Kurumada Masami ○田正美, creator of Saint Seiya 聖闘士星矢,
(published by Shuueisha, 1987-91, 28 volumes @ Y390), who all debuted in the
early 1970s.


Black Angels ブラックエンジェルズ - published by Shonen Jump 1980-4, 12
volumes @ Y600.
Even by today's standards, this is a startlingly dark, bleak, violent
manga about a justice-seeking hitman and his associates. It has more than
enough action, sinister bad guys and occultish themes to satisfy any
action manga fan.

Murder License Kiba マーダーライセンス牙 - currently serialized on Super
Jump, 1989-present, 22 volumes @ Y390.
A team of righteous ninja assassins in today's world. Has all the usual
ingredients, but it's hollow compared to his earlier work.

Ricky Typhoon リッキ―台風 - published by Shuueisha, 1991-2, 5 volumes @

Doberman Detective ドーベルマン刑事 - published by Shuueisha, 1986-88, 19
volumes @ Y580.

Monster Hunter モンスターハンタ‐伸二短編集 - published by Shuueisha,
1989, Y370.


Hirano Toshihiro 平野俊弘

Kakinouchi Narumi's husband. He directed the Vampire Miyu OAVs and worked on
both the Tobikage TV anime and the first Megazone 23 OAV.

(born 3 October 1956, Osaka)


Iczer Densetsu イクサ―伝説 - serialized on Comic Genki, 1992, Y900.
Very loosely based on the Iczer OAV series.

See also: Iczer @

Dangaioh Legend DOLL 真弾刻鳳聖伝DOLL - irregularly featured on Comic
Nora, 1990, 5 volumes @ Y800.
Again, only a loose interpretation of the OAVs. There's no mecha, and not
many other similarities, apart from the names and appearances of some

See also: Dangaio @

Godzilla 1990 ゴジラ1990 - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1990, Y800.

Hirano Toshihiro Character Works 平野キャラクターワークス - published by
Bandai, 1987, Y1854.

Senshojo Iczerion 戦少女イクセリオン - published by Kadokawa Shoten,
1995, Y580.


Hirokane Kenshi 弘兼憲史

A lot of Hirokane's works are critical of the society we live in. He addresses
problems that we have to deal with, as we see in all of his works. His wife is
Saimon Fumi, who is also a manga artist, famous for the original works of art
for smash TV hits like Tokyo Love Story.


Some of his best-known works are:

Kacho Shima Kosaku 課長島耕作 - written by Yajima Masao, serialized on
Morning 1986-92, 17 volumes @ Y500.
Kosaku Shima is a section chief of the Electronic Giant Hatsushiba. He
gets involved with a lot of women, conspiracy inside the company, while he
goes up and down the corporate ladder. Written in a span of nine years
from 1982 to 1991, Kosaku Shima's character gradually changes from that of
a normal, ambitious salaryman in the beginning as he emerges in the end to
become a sort of a "super salaryman," a typical stereotype of the Japanese
businessman. It has been made into a movie starring Toshihiko Tahara.

Human Scramble 人間交差点 - serialized on Shogakukan 1985-91, 27 volumes
@ Y500.
A collection of short episodes of small incidents in everyday life. It is
supposed to make us think about things we rarely notice in today's
information society.

Haro hari Nezumi ハロ―張りネズミ - serialized on Young Magazine 1984-9,
23 volumes @ Y500.
The main character is the assistant of a private eye. He gets involved
with political scandals, corporate conspiracies, etc. (Currently, this
title is on a hiatus while Hirokane works on other mangas.)

Last News ラストニュ―ス - written by Inose Naoki 猪瀬直○,
published by Shogakukan, 110 volumes @ Y500.
Last News is a 10 minute TV show that focuses on one event that happened
on a particular day... It searches through to show what really happened,
suggesting what the incidents we see every day could be like underneath.

Kaji Ryusuke's Argument 加治隆介の議 - written by Inose Naoki, currently
serialized on Mr.Magazine, 1992-present, 10 volumes @ Y500.
``Overcome by scandals time after time, Japanese politicians are shameful
creatures. However, not all of them became politicians to get fortune. In
fact, most of them in the beginning must have had an ambition to make the
country into a better one. Yes, we must admit that we have a dark side in
Japanese politics. However, I also wanted to focus on the good parts we
have in Japanese politics today.'' So said Hirokane on some TV show as he
was introducing this story. Kaji Ryusuke, a son of a famous Japanese
poplitician, undergoes the hardship of becoming a Member of the Diet after
claiming a mandate as his father's heir - in ultra-conservative Kagoshima


Hoshisato Mochiru 星里もちる


Living Game りびんぐゲーム - serialized on Big Comic Spirits, 1991, 10
volumes @ Y500.
A romantic comedy about a Fuwa, a guy living in a small apartment in
overcrowded Tokyo, who wants to have a place of his own. Because of a
building accident in their new office building, Fuwa's company (5
employees) had to move into his apartment, right after he had moved to a
larger place. And the new employee (Hiyama Izumi, a 15 year old girl) had
to move into Fuwa's place, as she had just come from the country. Then
Fuwa's old girlfriend Tokiko, who had already gotten married, ran away
from her husband and came to Fuwa's place.

Kiken ga Walking 危険がウォーキング  - serialized on Shonen Captain,
1988-9, 4 volumes @ Y370.

Ikibata Shufu Rumble いきばた○夫ランブル - serialized on Shonen Captain,
1990, Y490.

Wazuka icchomae わずかいっちょまえ - serialized on Shonen Captain, 1991,

Half na bun dake ハーフな分だけ  - serialized on Big Comic Spirits,
1991, 2 volumes @ Y500.

Kekkon shiyouyo 結婚しようよ - serialized on Big Comic Spirits, 1993-5, 6
volumes @ Y500.


Hosono Fujihiko 細野不二彦

Hosono is at the top of an impressive manga-ka lineage. One of his assistants
was Egawa Tatsuya, and one of Egawa's was Fujishima Kosuke, and one of
Fujishima's was Takada Yuzo.


Crusher Joe クラッシャージョウ - from the novels by Takachiho Haruka
高千穂 遥, published by Asahi Sonorama, Y500.
Set in the distant future, where the Crusher teams take care of dangerous
spacefaring jobs; the best team is led by Crusher Joe. Best known in the
West for its spinoff characters, the Dirty Pair, who featured only briefly
in the original.


Hosono's recent works include:

Itoshi no Batman 愛しのバットマン - currently serialized on Big Comic
Spirits, 1991-present, 11 volumes @ Y500.

Mama ママ - serialized on Young Sunday 1988-91, 9 volumes @ Y500.

Gallery Fake ギャラリーフェイク - currently serialized on Big Comic
Spirits, 1992-present, 7 volumes @ Y500.

Gomen Asobase ごめんあそばせ - currently serialized on Comic Burger,
1992, Y680.

Nekken Musashi 熱拳ムサシ - serialized on Shonen Captain, 1992-3, 2
volumes @ Y390.

Tokyo Tanteidan 東京探偵団 - published by Shogakukan, 1991, 3 volumes @


Hojo Tsukasa 北条司

Another Shonen Jump celebrity of the 80's, though he hasn't had much success
since City Hunter finished.

(born 5th March, 1959)


Cat's Eye キャッツアイ - serialized on Shonen Jump 1981-4, 18
volumes @ Y360, 10 volumes @ Y1000.
This is a story about three sisters in search of their lost father, who
was a famous artist. They steal his works of art from museums/galleries to
make him recognize their presence in the world. (It has been said that
some of the techniques and methods portrayed in the manga come from a Gu
Long novel about Che Lieu Xian, the master thief.)

Short Story Collection 1: Gift from Angel 天使の贈りもの - published by
Shueisha, 1988, Y360.
One story is about a pair of lovers always quarrelling and not admitting
that they're suited for each other. But their future daughter comes and
helps them realise their love.

City Hunter - serialized on Shonen Jump, 1985-92, 35 volumes @ Y390.
About Ryo Saeba, the sukebe troubleshooter and Kaori, his long-suffering,
hammer-wielding female assistant. (Hojo was compelled to draw City Hunter
because he was tired of drawing from a woman's point of view.) Jackie Chan
stars in the Hong Kong movie of the same name.

Sakura no Hanasaki kukoro 桜の花咲くころ - serialized on Shonen Jump,
1993, Y390.

Hojo Tsukasa Illustration Collection 北条司イラスト集 - artbook,
published by Shuueisha, 1991, Y1000.

Komorebi no moto de... こもれ陽の下で… [Beneath the Dappled Shade] -
serialized on Shonen Jump, 1993, 3 volumes @ Y390.
A sensitive story about two kids: Sara, who can emphasise with plants, and
Tatsuya, her friend.

RASH!! - serialized on Shonen Jump, 1994-5, 2 volumes @ Y390.
The main character is a Kaori-like nurse with a tendency to beat people
up. Mercilessly (or mercifully) terminated by Jump editors.


Ikegami Ryoichi 池上遼一

Debuted in 1971 with Aineo Boy, written by Koike Kazuo. One of the famous and
influential realist/violence artists. He has long since given up trying to draw
his own stories. Ikegami's art has been especially infleuntial in Hong Kong and
Taiwan. (Curiously, Ikegami once drew a version of Spiderman.)


Mai 舞 [aka Mai the Psychic Girl] - published by Shogakukan, 1986, 3
volumes @ Y780.
Story about a young, psychically gifted girl, and people who try to
kidnap, kill or exploit her. (The director Tim Burton was involved in an
attempt to bring a musical version of Mai to the big screen.)

Crying Freeman [フリーマン] - published by Big Comics, 1986-9, 9 volumes
@ Y480.
About a killer for the triads who cries whenever he kills someone.
Ikegami's most best-known recent work; it's been adapted for various anime
and movies.

Sanctuary サンクチュアリ - written by Fumimura Shou 史村 翔,
serialized on Big Comic Superior, 1986-95, 12 volumes @ Y500.
Story about two young men working together to change the shape of Tokyo's
politics - one by becoming a politician, and the other by becoming a
Yakuza. Doesn't pull any punches.

Offered オファード - written by Koike Kazuo, published by Shogakukan,
1990-1, 4 volumes @ Y500.
The main character is an "offered" of Gilgamesh, (Gilgamesh preserved his
semen in an it survived. The grandfather of the main
character for some rason was able to gain the semen..) so he goes on this
trip to Agartha, where all the secrets of his birth lie.

Ouritsuin Kumomaru no Shogai 王立院雲丸の生涯 [aka Samurai Crusader: The
Kumomaru Chronicles] - written by Hiroi Ooji 広井王子, published by
Shonen Sunday 1991-2, 3 volumes @ Y500.
In the early 1930s, the son of a Japanese noble family travels to Europe
to seek his fortune. But he soon becomes embroiled in the militarist
conspiracy, running up against the militarists' ninja Juuzou, Chinese
demons and fleets of zeppelins. Ikegami's art is as good as ever, but its
awkward story proved unpopular and it ended prematurely.


Other major works:

Nobunaga 信長 - published by Shogakukan, 1988-90, 8 volumes @ Y500.

I Katsuotoko Boi I・餓男ボーイ - published by Studio Ship, 1992, 9
volumes @ Y700.

Otokogumi 男組 - published by Shogakukan, 9 volumes @ Y700.


Inoue Noriyoshi 井上紀良

Inoue is another violence/action manga-ka who started in the 80s. He was one of
the first to seriously use CG in his mangas, mainly for backgrounds and
screentones. He is in roughly the same category as Tetsuya Saruwatari and Kano
Seisaku 叶精作 (artist of Brothers and Auction House


Mad Bull 34 マッド☆ブル34 - written by Koike Kazuo, serialized on
Young Jump and Bears Club 1986-90, 27 volumes @ Y460.
The violent exploits of New York cops. Some truly outrageous stories (many
inspired by Hollywood movies).

W.WOLF - written by Toban Zenji 東坂前二, published by Shueisha, 1993, 2
volumes @ Y600.
An international investigator, possessed by the spirits of wolves, turns
from a nerd to a musclebound hunk in crisis situations.

Gulf Hawk ガルフの鷹 - serialized on Young Jump 1991, 2 volumes @ Y460.
About a Japanese cameraman in the Gulf War.

Renkan Nihon-shoki 連環日本書紀 - serialized on Young Jump 1991-2, 4
volumes @ Y460.
The reincarnations of the people who wrote the ancient Japanese legends
channel across time to the 1990s in a quest to find the true Japanese

THE MISSION - serialized on Young Jump 1991, Y460.

Diamond Elfin ダイヤモンドエルフィン - published by Young Jump 1991, 2
volumes @ Y460.

Koryuu no mimi 黄龍の耳 - currently serialized on Young Jump
1993-present, 5 volumes @ Y460.


Kinutani Yu 衣谷遊

A manga-ka working in the SF/fantasy genre. His former assistants include Shiro
Ono しろ―大野 (artist of Shiro Dasaku Gekijo しろ―駄作劇場) and
Yoshitomi Akihito 吉富昭仁 (who continued as Kinutani's assistant after
starting Lone Knight ローンナイト).
Kinutani's art superficially resembles Otomo Katsuhiro's, but his stories
are much weaker.


Angel Arm エンジェルアーム - currently serialized on Gao, 1991-present, 6
volumes @ Y950. SF/RPG story about a girl who develops psychic powers.
Previously known as Angel Paradigm, before the demise of Comp magazine, where
it began serialization.

Battle In the Dark バトル・イン・ザ・ダーク - published by Tokyo
Sanseisha, Y710.

Crush クラッシュ - published by Tokyo Sanseisha, 6 volumes @ Y690.

Scion シオン - published by Tokyo Sanseisha, 1988-present, 3 volumes @

Aura Battler Dunbine Ihen Exile Saga
聖戦士ダンバイン異変エグザイル・サーガ - published by Bandai, 1990, Y900.

Seirei Senshi 聖霊戦士 - published by Tokyo Sanseisha, 1988, Y690.

Korirunai Lonely Boys 懲りないロンリーボーイズ - published by Tokyo
Sanseisha, 1990, Y750.

Final Fantasy III ファイナルファンタジーIII - published by Kadokawa
Shoten, 1991, Y950.

Yukyu no Fudensetsu 悠久の風伝説 - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1991,

New Beginning ニュ―・ビギニング - published by Tokyo Sanseisha, 1993,


Itsuki Natsumi ○なつみ

A shojo manga-ka.


Oz - published by Hakusensha 1990-92, 4 volumes @ Y700.
On the 15th of October 1990, World War III breaks out. It only lasts for
40 minutes, but industrial establishments were nearly wiped out by the
1000 megatonnes of nuclear weapons used in the war. The Earth was then
cloaked by in a nuclear winter which lasted for 6 months, and all the
grain plants died. Each government fell into anarchy and transport and
communication networks could not be restored easily. Soon, declarations of
state establishment from the citizens in various areas came one after
another, and America was split into 6 parts, adding other unapproved small
states, it was divided into more than 20 countries.

The story is set in 2021, 31 years after World War III. Filicia Epstein, a
bionics genius, came to Sabano and Sergent Mutou was ordered to protect
her. Searching for her only brother, Lyon, Filicia encountered with 1019,
a cybernoid, who directed them to the phantom city, OZ, which is a shelter
created by Lyon. As the story unfolds, they gradually realised what `OZ'
actually was...

Very loosely based on some parts of The Wizard of Oz. Two OAVs were made.

``Great story, excellent art, interesting characters, pretty
girls, handsome guys, action and romance, this story deals with
life and death, meaning of life, the search for oneself, the
journey, the ideal, the truth and the deceit, natural and
artificial environment, technology, and the meaning behind it.''

Passion Parade パッション・パレード - serialized on Hana to Yume,
1987-89, 6 volumes @ Y370.

Eccentric City エキセントリック・シティ - serialized on Hana to Yume,
1989, Y360.

Hanasakkeru Seishonen 花咲ける青少年 - serialized on Hana to Yume, 1990,
10 volumes @ Y390.

Marcello Monogatari マルチェロ物語 - serialized on Hana to Yume, 1991, 2
wide-ban volumes @ Y1300.

Yakumo Tatsu 八雲立つ - serialized on Hana to Yume, 1992, 3 volumes @

Juosei 獣王星 - published by Hakusensha, 1994, 2 volumes @ Y700.


Iwaaki Hitoshi 岩明 均

A seinen-manga horror artist. Iwaaki's art is simple, powerful and sensitive,
going against the 90s trend towards flashy pictures and vapid plots. He cites
Tezuka as his main influence.

(born 1959?)


Kiseiju 寄生獣 [lit. Parasite Beasts] - serialized on Afternoon,
1990-present, 8 volumes @ Y500.
One day, mysterious spores float down to Earth, their origin unknown. They
invade animal and human hosts, assimilating their brains, and controlling
their nervous systems. One attempts to invade 17-year-old Shinichi via his
arm, but Shinichi blocks it off, and it assimilates his right arm instead.
It learns Japanese overnight by reading books, and Shinichi christens him
`Miggy' [`Righty'], and as they both struggle to survive, a strange
symbiotic relationship develops. A story loosely in the tradition of Day
of the Triffids and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Kiseiju became a runaway success, winning Kodansha's 1993 award for best
manga. Despite its occasional horrific gore, it has a compelling,
suspenseful atmosphere. Unlike many recent SF mangas, it does not insult
the reader's intelligence. The treatment of human relationships is quite
moving, and has even been compared to shojo manga. It ended abruptly with
the words, "Leaning on something...until the end of a life...". Director
James Cameron has apparently acquired the film rights.

Fuko no Iru Mise 風子のいる店 - serialized on Morning 1987-8, 4 volumes @

Hone no Oto 骨の音 [The sound of bone] - published by Kodansha, 1990,
A selection of short stories. The title comes from the ending of one
story, where two lovers decide to throw themselves under a train.
(Apparently, reading this manga helps to understand the ending of


Kakinouchi Narumi 垣野内成美

Hirano Toshihiro's wife. Kakinouchi and Hirano collaborated on a book called
Mermaid Trip.

(born 21 March, Osaka)


Vampire Princess Miyu 吸血姫(ヴァンパイヤ)美○ - published by
Akita Shoten, 1989, 5 volumes @ Y580.
Himiko, a spiritualist, discovers that dark shinma (spirit-demons) are
being quietly banished by a vampire girl called Miyu and her companion,
Larva. However, Miyu and Larva aren't acting for the good of humanity. An
understated, spooky series.

There is a Miyu novel, written by Kakinouchi, and set after the events of
the Miyu manga. A special manga is included as the final chapter.

See also: Vampire Miyu Anime Picture Gallery

Vampire Yui 吸血姫夕維 - published by Akita Shoten 1989-92, 2 volumes @

New Vampire Miyu 新・吸血姫(ヴァンパイヤ) - published by Akita
Shoten 1990-present, 4 volumes @ Y850.
Deals with the shinma friends of Larva before he became the servant of

Cordname wa Charmer コードネームはCHARMER - published by Akita
Shoten, 1990-3, 3 volumes @ Y850.
About psychic highschool students.

Mengenso 面幻想 - published by Gakushuu Kenkyuusha, 1994, Y500.

Gogo 3-toki no Maho 午後3時の魔法 - irregularly featured on Afternoon,
1993-present, Y500.

Le Masque - irregularly featured on Margaret, 2 volumes @ Y390.


Kanzaki Masaomi 神崎将巨

A competent but otherwise undistinguished action/fantasy manga-ka, who debuted
in the mid-80s.

(born 1964, debut 1985)


Xenon 重機甲兵ゼノン - published by Shogakukan, 4 volumes @ Y370.
A dramatic story set in contemporary Japan, about a guy with amnesia, who
finds out he was turned into a super-cyborg in a corporate weapon research
program. He goes on a mission of revenge. A little shallow, perhaps, but a
good example of shonen SF/action mangas.

Streetfighter II: Ryu ストリ―トファイタ―II-RYU - published by Famimaga,
1993-present, 3 volumes @ Y490.
A manga spin-off of the phemonenally successful computer game. There are
other manga versions, especially the 4-koma ones, but this is probably the
best - not that that's saying much.

Kaze - currently serialized on Shonen Captain 1992-present, 8 volumes @ Y500.

Ash Geene アシュ・ギーネ - serialized on Shonen Sunday 1987, Y360.

Seimono ga yoru yatte kuru 聖○が夜やってくる - published by Wings, Y490.

Hunter - published by Shogakukan, 1989, Y500.

Gun Crisis - published by Read-sha, 1991, Y500.

Saikyo Muteki!! Dokonjo Ichizoku 最強無敵!!ド根性一家 - published
by Enix, 1992, Y450.


Katsura Masakazu 桂正和

Another Shonen Jump rising star of the 1980s, who achieved recognition with
Wingman. His art direction skill (especially his use of screentones) and cute
girls have made him popular with Western manga fans.

Katsura has also done character designs for ΙЯΙΑ, the anime based on
Zeiram, a live-action movie conceived by Amemiya Keita 雨宮慶太.


Wingman 愛蔵版ウイングマン - serialized on Shonen Jump 1986, 12 volumes @
Y390, 7 wide-ban volumes @ Y1000.
One day, a guy finds a girl dressed up in weird costumes.... one of her
belongings was a Dream Note - whatever written in it becomes true. He drew
a fictional character called Wingman.... which he transforms into when a
bunch of bad guys from another world come to attack the strange girl he

Chokidoin Vander 超機動員ヴァンダー - published by Shonen Jump 1986, 2
wide-ban volumes @ Y600.
A guy and a girl transform to become the Vander - the hyper-policeman.
They go on a mission to fight the aliens who had come from outer space to
conquer Earth.

Video Girl 電影少女 - published by Shonen Jump 1990-93, 15 volumes @
Yota isn't liked by girls, so one day he rents a videotape which promises
a night with the cute Amano Ai. When he plays the tape, Ai walks out of
the video screen and into Yota's life.

Shuueisha withdrew volumes 3 and 5 from sale, so that some of the artwork
could be ``corrected'' (in most cases, this was merely the addition of
strategically-placed underwear). There was nothing particularly explicit,
but some scenes were judged to be unsuitable for Shonen Jump's typical
"boys and girls" audience. Volumes 1-13 are Video Girl Ai, while volumes
14-15 are Video Girl Len (a different story set some years after VGA, with
a brief appearance from Yota).

The VGA novels were illustrated by Katsura and written by Sukehiro Tomota.
They feature the four "den'ei shojo" of VGA plus two new "den'ei shojo",
Kagetori You and Kayama Yume.

See also: VGA homepage <>

D.N.A2 - serialized on Shonen Jump, 1993-4, 5 volumes @ Y390.
In the future, the earth suffers an enormous overpopulation problem, all
due to one ``megaplayboy''. An agent, Aoi Karin, is sent back in time to
avert this disaster by altering the DNA of the megaplayboy, who turns out
to be an ordinary high school student, Momonari Junta. He has a ``female
allergy'' which stops him getting anywhere near girls, but all that
changes after Karin accidentally shoots him with the wrong DNA control
medicine. An interesting premise, executed with Katsura's professionalism,
but it never quite recovered from some long and dreary fighting scenes.

See also: D.N.A2 homepage

Present from Lemon プレゼント・フロムLEMON - published by Shonen
Jump 1988, 2 volumes @ Y370.

Masakazu Collection 桂正和コレクション - published by Shonen Jump 1989, 2
volumes @ Y880.

Shadow Lady - irregularly featured on Virtual Jump and subsequently Shonen
Jump, 1992-present.

Katsura Masakazu Tampenshuu ZETMAN 桂正和短編集 - published by Sh\ueisha,
1995, Y390.


Kawaguchi Kaiji かわぐちかいじ

One of the current leading seinen-manga pros. Kawaguchi has a crisp, effective
and distinctive style.

(born 27 July 1958)


Medusa メデューサ - serialized on Big Comics, 1990, 12 volumes @ Y500.
The story starts in 1969, when the student movement in Japan was at its

Chinmoku no Kantai 沈黙の艦隊 [The Silent Service] - currently serialized
on Morning, 1989-present, 28 volumes @ Y500.
The advanced US nuclear submarine `Seabat' is taken over by a Japanese
crew, and renamed `Yamato'. It then proceeds to waste a large portion of
the superpowers' fleets. This manga has some infamy (being mentioned in
the Diet), and is slightly derivative of The Hunt for Red October. Lots of
suspense, politics, and well-done naval warfare scenes. However, it
suffers from long and dull lapses in the action (partially due to
Kawaguchi idling while military photographers took him to court for
copying their work). The ending was determined by a Morning readers' poll.

Kawaguchi Kaiji no sekai かわぐちかいじの世界 - published by Matsubunkan
松文館, 1994, Y1980.


Kikuchi Hideyuki 菊地秀行

Kikuchi is a novelist, not a manga artist. But he sometimes writes stories for
manga, and several manga and anime have been based on his novels. Actually, he
is one of two most famous novelists of the horror/action (sex/violence) genre.
Unfortunately, for those who cannot read Japanese, his best works are among the
ones which are available only as novels. <Shinjuku> seems to be his favorite


Yoju Toshi 妖怪獣都市 [lit. Supernatural Beast City] - 3 volumes.
The OVA only dealt with the first volume. (The baby of Makie and Taki
was born in the third volume.) There is also a Hong Kong live-action

Demonic War in New York - 2 volumes. Sequel to Yoju Toshi.

Makai Toshi <Shinjuku>

Mato Babylon- Sequel to Makai Toshi <Shinjuku>.

Aki Setsura, the Man-Searcher - 12 volumes.

Mephisto, the Doctor of Demon City - 12 volumes.

Makai Keiji 魔界刑事 [Detective of Demon City] - 2 volumes.
(All the above stories are set in <Shinjuku>.)

Vampire Hunter D 7 volumes.

Killer Name

Kaze no Na wa Amnesia


Makai Toshi Hunter 魔界都市ハンター - drawn by Hosoma Shinichi
細馬信一, serialized on Shonen Champion 1984-9, 17 volumes @ Y380.
Loosely based on the novel Makai Toshi <Shinjuku>. It had many
interesting characters and fascinating ideas in the beginning but its
ending was really lame. Hosoma Shinichi's art was adequate, but not
spectacular. Recommended if you're interested in a nonsensical
violence/fantasy/sci-fi mixture.

Makai Gakuen 魔界学園 art by Hosoma Shinichi, - serialized on Shonen
Champion 1984-93, 21 volumes @ Y390.
Another violence/sci-fi/fantasy manga from the Kikuchi/Hosoma team.
Same old story with slighty different characters.

Majin Gakuen 魔神学園 9 volumes @ Y390.

Western Bungei-cho ウエスタン武芸帳 - art by JET, published by Asahi
Sonorama, Y880.

Dark Side Blues ダークサイドブルース - published by Akita Shoten, 2
volumes @ Y1240.

Mokushiroku Senshi 黙示録戦士 - art by Hosoma Shinichi, serialized
on Shonen Captain, 1993, Y390.

Jashin Sensen Restorer Boy ○神戦線リストラ・ボ―イ - serialized on
Shonen Captain, 1993, 2 volumes @ Y390.

Majin Keiji - art by Hosoma Shinichi, 1995, Y390.


Kishiro Yukito 木城ゆきと

At 17, he won one of Shuueisha's manga contests, but opted to go onto art
school instead of ploughing straight into the manga industry. Kishiro has
admitted to being influenced by Western SF/action movies (eg. the Mad Max
series), and unusually, some Western comics (eg. The Dark Knight Returns). He
did a few short stories prior to Gunnm, none of which have been republished.
They are:
title # pages year publisher

Kaiyousei 32 1988 Shougakukan
Hito 31 1988 Kadokawa Shoten
Dai-Mashin 40 1989 Shougakukan
Mirai Tokyo Head Man 40 1989 Kadokawa Shoten
Uchuu Kaizoku Shonendan60 1990 Kadokawa Shoten

(born 20 March 1967, Tokyo; debut 1984)


Gunnm 銃夢 [aka Battle Angel Alita] - serialized on Business Jump,
1991-1995, 9 volumes @ Y500.
In the future, land-dwellers eke out a living from the garbage discarded
by Zalem, a giant city which floats above them. Ido Daisuke finds a girl's
intact head amongst the flotsam, and attaches it to a military-grade
android body, christening her Gally. To Ido's surprise, Gally turns out to
have the mindset and abilities of a crack soldier. Gally embarks on a
long, bloody journey to reach Zalem, the unreachable utopia, and uncover
the mystery of her origins.

A unique manga with elements of the cyberpunk/action/martial arts/SF
genres. Unfortunately, it was rudely terminated with a slapdash ending,
like Kiseiju. Despite this, Kishiro's art and storytelling ability is
undeniably another step forward for the manga industry.

See also: Gunnm homepage


Kitagawa Sho きたがわ翔

Kitagawa, as he describes himself, is a very tall, muscular, dark skinned
fellow, and yet he's a major shojo manga fan (and that caused him some
embarrassing moments in bookstores in his high school years). His art reflects
the shojo influence, and yet his stories are tailored for men. He started
drawing manga at age 13.

(born 28 June)


Nineteen ナインティーン - serialized on Young Jump 1989-91, 12 volumes @
Commenced when the artist was only 21 years old, and yet it shows
surprising maturity in both style and story. Most importantly, Kitagawa
captured the essence of the age bordering adolescence and adulthood. In a
sense, 19 is the GQ of manga.

Our hero, Kubota Kazushi, will have his heart broken three times (and his
virginity intact) before he finds a steady love, and that's just half of
the story. The story can be very light hearted, and then very depressing
sometimes. The tone is, IMHO, overall melancholic. Comparing with some
other bland shonen stuffs that are out there, 19 scores far above the

B.B. Fish フィッシュ - serialized on Young Jump 1991-4, 15 volumes @
More fantasy oriented, and it rivals other YJ series in degree of H-ness.
Unfortunately, BBF doesn't have a well defined theme as Nineteen. It's
trying to tell a love story, fantasy story, sports story, and a mystery
story all at the same time. (NB: This is not to be confused with Yoshida
Akemi's best-selling Banana Fish.)

PURE - serialized on Margaret 1986, Y370.

Teens shiyoka ティーンズしようか - serialized on Young Jump 1988, Y580.

Eccentricity エキセントリックシティ - serialized on Margaret 1989, Y370.

Kitagawa Sho Illustration Book きたがわ翔イラストブック - artbook,
published by Shuueisha, 1993, Y1800.

C - currently serialized on Young Jump 1994, 6 volumes @ Y600.

Moeko Ganbarimasu 萌子がんばります - currently serialized on Margaret,


Koga Yun 高河ゆん

A shojo manga-ka whose art is known for its distinctive, fluid linework. She
was apparently a dojinshi artist for quite some time before turning pro. A
daughter was born to her in May 1994.

(born 9 July 1965, debut 1988, married 8 July 1992)


Alice [ありす] in Wonderland - serialized on Comic Val, 1989, 2 volumes @
A prince from Wonderland is about to decide who he shall marry, but he
doesn't feel that he loves any of his brides-to-be. So he asked his
personal advisor, who is also a wizard, to let him go to the human world
and try his luck. The wizard agreed, but the prince has to go as a dog, he
can only turn back as a prince only twice while he was there and most of
all he cannot tell his name to the woman he wishes to get married with, or
otherwise he won't be able to marry her.

The prince agreeed to the terms. The wizard turned him into a puppy. The
prince was picked up by Alice, a girl who loves dogs, she has a lot of
dogs in her house. The prince falls in love with her. Later that night, he
changed himself back to his human shape while she was asleep. But, Alice
woke up and asked who he was. The dumb prince slipped his tongue and told
her his name. So what happened then is that he still bring her back to
Wonderland. He planned to stay with her even if they can't get married.
Then the story goes on.....

You're My Only Shinin' Star - published by Kodansha, 1991, Y420.
An SF/fantasy mook about moon people with big insect-like wings. At that
time, it's magic that rules. The main character Thomas is the greatest
magician on earth. At that time, women are the ones who are working and
they are the ones who protect the men. Humans had conquered the moon
already, and killed all the moon people, because the moon people have a
special power. The main female character is the last of the moon people.
Thomas is actually a moon-person as well, but no one knows about it.

It turns out that there is a guy within the heroine. It was a spell that
happened during the war between the moon people and earth, so now they are
actually two people in one. So Thomas has to show her that he really loves
her, even though she is actually a guy sometimes.

Genji 源氏 - currently published by Shinshokan, 1988-present, 9 volumes @
Ebata Katsumi, 16 years old, 1st year student of Senior Highschool.
Following his love Sakura, he went to the mysterious dimension of Japan
and got involved in the fight between Genji and Heike. The actual
historical epic took place in the Heian and Kamakura era, but the manga is
somehow set in modern Japan where the characters can even go to Shinjuku.
Katsumi looked very like Minamoto no Yoritomo who just passed away so the
Minamoto family made him to be the fake Minamoto no Yorimoto so that the
people from Heike family wouldn't know about it. The story depicts life
and death in the Kamakura bakufu.

In addition, there is supposedly a hard-to-find dojinshi, Genji Koushiki
Guidebook 源氏公式ガイドブック.

Earthian アーシアン currently - published by Shinshokan, 1988-present, 5
volumes @ Y490.
`Earthian' is the term for people living on earth. This story is about
`angels' from the planet Eden, who have been inspecting Earthians for more
than 5 billion years. They are divided into 2 groups, `plus checkers'
whose job is to find good points about Earthians, and `minus checkers'
whose job is to find bad points about Earthians. They always go in pairs.
If the bad points reach 10,000 (the score system is not important in the
story and Koga Yun did not really explain it in detail), Earth will be
destroyed by the Angels.

All the angels are white in colour; white hair, white eyes and white
wings, except one with black hair, black eyes and black wings. (Black is
considered to be a unlucky colour on Planet Eden.) His name is Chihaya,
and he is a plus checker. He went to earth with a minus checker called
Kagetsuya, and the story is about the different people and events they
came across on Earth.

Flexible Sensation
There is a group of aliens whose spaceship has lain crashed on earth for
centuries. This group of alien is pretty weird. Each individual is
composed of two bodies, and a male one and a female one. The male
character was a descendant of the alien, without his other half, he is
like a normal human. Other aliens try to get him to combine with her
sister, so he can return to his alien form.

Rorakaizaa ローラカイザー - published by Akita Shoten, 1992, 4 volumes @
One of Yun's more sexually heavy manga. No sex, but has plenty of sexual
tensions. There are strange beings that live in a slightly different
dimension above Earth. To them, humans are "Oni (demons)". They fear them,
a little, but humans are their main meal during the mating season that
happens once every 500 years. Sasame, who has been ashamed of his "ugly"
body, acquired a beautiful body from Nene, who suicided. Nene gave her
soul to Akaza, Sasame's arch-enemy. Akaza placed a deep scar mark on
Sasame's, and ergo Nene's, beautiful body before he went down to Earth
with the "Sky Above"'s only female, Yuuko. The mating season is on, and if
the "Sky Above"'s only female does not mate with the "Sky Above"'s King,
the species will die out (Only the King can mate with the female. Akaza
took Yuuko only because Yuuko claimed that she loved him.). By the order
of the "Sky Above"'s King and by his own unquenching anger and hatred
toward Akaza, Sasame heads down to Earth to confront Akaza and get back
Yuuko. Thus begins Sasame and Akaza's strange dance of love and hate.
Yunn's theme in this manga is "What is love" (again) and "If you loved
someone so much that you didn't want him/her to forget your existence for
even one second of their life, then extreme hate is stronger than love",
meaning, extreme hatred is very close to maddening love. And hate is
definitely a stronger emotion than love... [MN]

CYCLAND - published by B.N.M., Y1030.
A book of essays.

SSS.SPECIAL - published by Shinshokan, Y1200.
A book of paintings.

Love Songs ラブ・ソングス - published by Shinshokan, 1989, 2 volumes @
Books of paintings.

B-Type Union B型同盟 - serialized on Newtype, 1989, Y780.

Safran Zero Beat サフラン・ゼロ・ビート - serialized on Wings, 1993,

Kodomo-tachi wa yoru no Junin 子供たちは夜の住人 - published by Tairiku
Shobou, 1990, 2 volumes @ Y500.

Yajo Teikoku 夜嬢帝国 - published by Akita Shoten, 1989, Y380.

Ren-ai 夜嬢帝国 - published by Akita Shoten, 1989, 2 volumes @ Y380.

Choju Densetsu Gestalt 超獣伝説ゲシュタルト - currently serialized on
Gangan Fantasy, 1993, 2 volumes @ Y780.

Mind Size マインドサイズ - published by Kobunsha, 1988, 2 volumes @ Y500.

Kiga Ichizoku 飢餓一族 - published by Gakushu, 1994, Y500.

Yoseijiken 妖精事件 - irregularly featured on Afternoon, 1994, Y780.


Kuruma Shinichi 来留間慎一

(now known as Aki Kyoma 秋 恭摩.)


Yami Garishi 闇○り士 - published by Tokuma Shoten, 1985, Y360.
His debut, influenced by the Yumemakura Baku 夢枕獏 novel, was quite
popular among Shonen Captain readers, and led to Majinden, his original

Majinden 魔人伝 - serialized on Shonen Captain, 1985-8, 4 volumes @ Y370.
In the OAV Shin-Majinden [Battle Royal Highschool], Riki Hyodo (school
karate champion) and Toshimitsu Yuki (lone swordsman) are possessed by a
sorcerer and a sprite queen from another dimension. They battle for
control of both worlds, as Zankan (a special agent from an orbiting space
station) attempts to stop them. The OAV covers vol.1 of the manga, and is
fairly different. The manga eventually progresses to a `virtual reality'

Demons Attack Company 魔獣結○ - currently serialized on Shonen Captain
1992-present, 6 volumes @ Y390.
Occult cyberpunk. This title was started after he changed his name to Aki

FOUNDATION - published by Hobby Japan, 1994, Y980.
A compilation of four short stories with martial arts themes: a werewolf
cop, a cyber-cop who uses `dead force' to battle demons, a cop who uses
mantis style kung-fu and a Garo Densetsu story.


Kusunoki Kei 楠桂

A young, pretty (enough to compete with idol singers) manga-ka who works in the
horror and comedy genres. She was one of a group of manga-kas (including
Kanzaki Masaomi, Hosono Fujihiko, Kitazaki Taku, Nobe Toshio and Suzumiya Wayu)
who featured on Shonen Big, the now-defunct forerunner of Young Sunday.
Kusunoki Kei's twin sister, Ohashi Kaoru 大橋薫 - her real name - is also
a decent manga artist. Their artistic styles are more similar than their


Headbutt Sleeping Beauty ぶちかまし眠り姫 - serialized on Asuka 1992,
This is about a girl who walks around when she sleeps, which becomes a
problem when she falls in love with a guy whose mother was abandoned by
his father because she was a sleepwalker! A comedy manga.

Yagami-kun no katei no jijou 八神くんの家庭の事情 [Yagami's family
matters] - serialized on Shonen Sunday Monthly, 1990, 7 volumes @ Y390, 4
wide-ban volumes @ Y680.
"Yagami's mother has an appearance like a 16 year old cute girl and Yagami
was at first embarrassed by this, but then he couldn't help falling in
love (or lust?) with his own mother. He declared himself as "mother-con"
(Oedipus complex). With all his classmates, his teacher, a delinquent
juvenile all falling in love with his mom, and an OL who fell in love with
his father, and Yagami having a cute biker girlfriend, and on top of that,
a schoolmate (male) who looks nearly exactly like his mother. The story
depicts the "normal" life of Yagami-kun and his family matters...

"The manga itself is very well written, with a style distinctively
Kusunoki Kei's. Unique layout and panelling, filled with fun and jokes,
the story is very interesting. Definitely KK's best comedy manga." [CM]

"Well, in short, the mother looks like she's 14, and the kid is "openly"
in love with her - loli x motha-con. His teacher, too, is in love with her
mother, and so the love rivals duke it out in classroom, as well as
plotting the downfall of their common enemy, his father. The father has a
secretary who is in love with him. But once she discovered that he has
such a "young" wife she turned her attention to his son, who is now torn
between his own mother and a naive, motorbike riding girlfriend. Later on
the class gets a new student who looks exactly like the mother, whom
everybody falls for. Except the student is a he....

"This manga managed to remain innocent while pushing the boundary of
family values. In mere 7 volumes, YFA packs more punch than series twice
its lengths. It's the manga of choice on a desert island. For me, that is.

"Yagami-kun OAV has a good chance of being the only anime of which the
production video (tagged along with some episode) is more interesting than
the anime itself. And they weren't kidding about ``Low budget manga
spinoff anime aimed at exploiting the existing fan base.''" [DM]

Onikogome 鬼魔 - serialized on Wings 1985, Y910.

Yoshimaru 吉祭 - published by Shogakukan, 1986, Y370.

Tatoeba konna Yurei Kidan たとえばこんな幽霊奇談 - serialized on Ribbon,
1987, Y360.

Kusunoki Gekijo 楠劇場 - serialized on Wings, 1988, Y780.

Aishite Frozen 恋してフローズン - serialized on Ribbon, 1988, Y360.

Momotaro ma iru! 桃太郎まいる! - serialized on Ribbon, 1989, Y370.

Gokushado 獄炎堂 - serialized on Wings, Y780.

Kusunoki Kei Kessaku Tampenshu 楠桂傑作短編集 - published by Shogakukan,
1990, Y370.

etc. - published by Shinshokan, 1991, Y1200.

Gomen nasai Power ごめんなさいこぱわあ - serialized on Ribbon,
1991, Y390.

Akumade Rabucome あくまでラブコメ - currently serialized on Ribbon,
1992-present, 4 volumes @ Y390.

Circus Wonder サーカス・ワンダー - serialized on Ribbon, 1991, Y390.

Jinro Kusagami 人狼草紙 - serialized on Wings, 1991, 3 volumes @ Y390.

Yoma 妖魔 - serialized on Ribbon, 2 volumes @ Y370.

Daitogai ni hoero 大都会にほえろ - serialized on Asuka, 1992-present, 5
volumes @ Y390.

Onikirimaru [aka Ogre Slayer] 鬼切丸 - published by Shogakukan,
1992-present, 7 volumes @ Y390.

Migiko Nipponichi!! みぎこ日本一!! - serialized on Ribbon, 1995, Y390.

Crime City - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1995, &#1651200.


Manabe Johji 真鍋譲治

A self-confessed otaku.


Powerful Mazegohan パワフルまぜごはん - published by Byakuya Shobo,
2 volumes @ Y850.
This anthology is a collection of Manabe's earliest work, back when his
drawing style was more like Matsumoto Leiji's. Each volume has a
full-color short story for an opener, and also includes several X-rated
pencil sketches of Kahm, Mian, Khada, and several others. Not suitable for
people under 18.

The Key of Graciale グラシェールの鍵 - published by Hakusensha,
1984-1989, Y880.
A collection of short stories, a few of which were the source material for
Outlanders. The nuclear war story The Last Shelter marks the original
appearance of the character Raisa Vogel.

Capricorn カプリコン - published by Shinshokan, 5 volumes @ Y490.
About the quest of a dragon-girl named Mohna and her human friend Taku
(who is transformed into a huge dragon in mid-series), to save Earth (the
``Capricorn'' of the title) and Moon from colliding when a dimensional
anchor separating the two is misused by the warlord Zolba.

Dora ドーラ - serialized on Wings, 1987, Y880.
A collection of short stories, most of which follow the adventures of the
one-eyed female mercenary Khada.

Junk Party ジャンクパーティ - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1991, Y920.
A schoolgirl gets kidnapped by a bunch of dark-skinned humanoids with
insect wings and antennae, but she makes friends with them, and both races
learn a little about each others' way of life.

Galaxy Warring State Chronicle Rai 銀河戦国群雄伝ライ - currently
serialized on Comp 1991-present, 10 volumes @ Y980, 16 wide-ban volumes @ Y390.
A space opera with a setting reminiscent of Japan's Warring State Era,
following the life and times of the samurai Rai, and the quest of several
spacefaring factions for control of territory and, of course, the Empire.
(It's an interesting mix of feudal Chinese/Japanese custom and space-going
technologies, and several of the warships are reminiscent of biomech
designs from Outlanders.)

Jamka's Great Adventure 怒涛!ジャムカの大冒険 - currently serialized on
Wings, 1992-present, 5 volumes @ Y490.
This may be his best work (other than Rai), though Outlanders is pretty
close. It's a pirate adventure, with the required trappings of a beautiful
admiral's daughter who may be the best ship captain chasing Jamuka the
pirate; a princess whose country has been invaded; her loyal retainer, who
starts out as a Samurai until Rai needs to rescue her from a flooding
compartment; A pirate captain who's really pretti ly drawn and likes to
dance, with or without sword; etc. This is a really nice book, because it
has lots of humor and characters that, like Rai & Shion or Kahm-sama and
Tetsuya, you get to really, really like. [MC]

Outlanders アウトランダーズ - published by Hakusensha, 1986-87, 2
wide-ban volumes @ Y1700.

Ten no kamigami-tachi 天の神々たち - serialized on Kadokawa Shoten, 1989,

Caravan Kidd キャラバン・キッド - published by Hakusensha, 1987, 2
wide-ban volumes @ Y1400.

Biba Usagi Kozo ビバ☆うさぎ小僧 - serialized on Nora, 1993, 3 volumes @

Chuka Ichiban 中華一番 - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1993, Y550.

Dorakuun ドラクゥーン-竜姫○- - published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1993, 3
volumes @ Y900.

Gosei douji Ran 護星童子ラン - published by Kobunsha, Y400, 1995.


Maki Koji 巻来功士

Maki Koji's mangas have certain uniqueness and creativity, although his
knowledge of mythology and occultism is shallow and his character design
ability is limited. He can write decent short to medium length stories but he
just cannot write long, consistent stories. This was very obvious in Godsider,
the manga that made him famous (he had two unsuccessful mangas in Shonen Jump
before Godsider).


Mikisutori ミキストリ - currently serialized on Super Jump, 1991-present,
12 volumes @ Y500.
Mikisutori is an archaeologist who was searching an Aztec tomb, but an
abnormal virus turned him into a reincarnation of an Aztec god. His wife
was turned into a cripple, and he works as a hitman so that he can pay for
her operation.

Metal K メタルK - published by Shonen Jump, 1987, Y370.

Godsider ゴッドサイダー - published by Shonen Jump 1988-9, 8 volumes @

The Green Eyes ザ・グリーンアイズ - published by Shonen Jump 1990, 3
volumes @ Y370.

Kikai Senshi Gilfer 機械戦士ギルファー - published by Super Jump, 1992,

Magic Paradise マジックパラダイス - published by Super Jump, 1992, Y500.


Maruo Suehiro 丸尾末広

Maruo's treatment of themes like sadism, decay and human brutality is highly
disturbing, definitely not intended for the girls-and-guns otaku audience. His
art has a totalitarian feel, clearly influenced by traditional and contemporary
Japanese design. (Maruo's main influence was Toshio Saeki.) Most of Maruo's
manga have been published by Seirindo, and are now mostly out of print.
(Unavailable titles include National Kid ナショナルキッド, DDT, Yume no
Q-saku, Bara-iro no Youbutsu and 薔薇色ノ怪物. Shoujo-baki 少女椿
has been reprinted recently.)


Inugami Hakase [Professor Dog-Talisman] 犬神博士 - published by Akita Shten,
1994, Y880.
The story of an Onmyouji (Master of Yin-Yang Tao) who deals with various
fringe occultists, and their horrific practices. Not for the

Kaze no Matenro 風の摩転郎 - published by Tokuma Shoten, 1994, Y880.

Some of Maruo's short stories include:

Planet of the Jap (29 pages)
Japan wins WW2, conquers US.
Denki Ari (35 pages)
The ultimate modernist nightmare. A high school boy is trapped studying
for his entrance exams in industrial suroundings, of monstrous machines
and thunderous clangs; he loses his sanity.
Gansaku Denki Ari (21 pages)
Dadaist cyberpunk-sci fi. Android man in business suit quests for his
former self in a desolate urban landscape.
Die Andere Seite (14 pages)
One of Maruo's most artistic works. Surrealist collage of post-WW2
reconstruction, drawing from images worldwide.
Apaprition (8 pages)
Son kills his mother, when his long-last dad walks in posing as an
encyclopedia salesman.
Moon Desert (8 pages)
Boy gets lost in desert. Completely meaningless work.
Cough (16 pages)
Japanese drug dealer in contemporary US runs pot for other Japanese
tourists; clinical still-life (lifeless) depiction of modern America
(circa 1980s).
Suneko Tanpako (8 pages)
S&M sex between grown woman & dwarf man (around 50).
Shonen Gaho (10 pages)
Horrific account of little-boy life in 1950s Japan, getting his picture-
cards stolen, witnessing his parents' sex, traumatized by a horror movie,
drinking Vitamin-D fortified skim milk in school (w/ low retention rate).
SOS Boy (25 pages)
Avoidant-personality disorder boy, his drug-addict unemployed dad, his
comatose & pregnant mom, live surrounded by an industrial-complex
Goodbye-Hoffman (30 pages)
His prototype idea for a adventure serial (which apparently never
materialized); boy-hero (& his sister & dad) can transform himself into
anybody by contorting his face. Protects company president's brat son, for
an extraordinary fee.


Matsumoto Izumi まつもと泉

Matsumoto has gained more praise for picking assistants than for anything he
actually drew - his former helpers include Hagiwara and Okazaki. These days,
Matsumoto has become something of a bbs/computer otaku, and reputedly took his
modem to Anime Expo '94 (in the US).

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Kimagure Orange Road きまぐれオレン☆ジロード - serialized on Shonen Jump
1984-8, 1 volumes @ Y390, 10 volumes @ Y1000.
A romantic comedy centering on the love triangle between naive, indecisive
Kyosuke), who loves bad girl Madoka; her best friend Hikaru loves Kyosuke.
Kyosuke's family has psychic powers, too. As the title implies, the mood
of the manga is kimagure (whimsical, fickle, capricious), a ``corny teen
love comedy'' whose characters and situations won over many Western fans.

The manga formed the basis for a movie, 8 OAVs and a 48-episode TV series,
with character designs by Takada Akemi. The KOR novel released in 1994,
New Kimagure Orange Road, combines the endings of the manga, TV and movie,
and goes on from there. It features a 20 year old Madoka, and all other
major characters except Yusaku. Matsumoto did the basic story and did
several pages of illustrations, while Terada Kenji, screenwriter of the TV
series, did the actual writing. It has less of the kimagure feel, with
descriptions of sex, etc.

See also:
o KOR Homepage <>
o Shin-KOR Homepage

Sesame Street せさみ★すとりーと - serialized on Super Jump 1990-2, 3
volumes @ Y600.
Another love triangle (quadrangle?), consisting of a ronin, his
sister-in-law, a virgin widow, a 17 high-school girl who likes him. Like
KOR, the ending was badly botched.

"The story starts out with a wedding. The oldest son of the
family is getting married. He will inherit the family business,
which is in the grocery trade in the same location in downtown
Tokyo since the Meiji era. My Japanese isn't good enough to be
sure, but it looks like he is called away on some urgent
business even before he can go on his honeymoon. The next scene
is a funeral. Seems that the plane he was on crashed with no
survivors, although apparently his body was never specifically
identified (that idea comes later in the story).

"The main character is the younger son, Fujiya Keiki, 18, and he
studying to get into college. His mother has been dead for some
time. His grandmother lives with them, and they have a boarder -
a 16 year old high-school girl named Karin. Soon his
sister-in-law (Chitose) moves in with them because she can't
handle the rent alone. Turns out she's 19, and can't decide
whether to "be faithful" to her dead husband, or to get on with
her life. Keiki is expected to treat both of the girls like
sisters, and is finding it increasingly hard. They are both
cute, especially Karin. Keiki is in a band, and runs into a few
aggressive "groupies"...

"There's a story series in vol.2 were a company is trying to buy
out the Fujiya store location. The rep conned Keiki into doing
something he shouldn't have (some sort of promise to sell). The
rep has also picked up on Chitose (and trying to date her), and
at first no one is aware of the relationships.

"It looks like Keiki gets into college at the end of vol2.
Chitose is apparently either in college or going back to
college, and Karin is certainly planning to go. Karin seems to
like living in the Fujiya household so much that she doesn't
want to go home. She apparently has some sort of a crush on
Keiki." [SH]

Matsumoto Izumi Tampenshu Graffiti まつもと泉短編集 グラフィティ -
published by Shueisha, 1989, Y370.


Matsumoto Leiji 松本零士

Matsumoto's art might take some getting used to, but he is renowned for coming
up with great stories and brilliant new concepts. Debuting in 1954, he has
authored nearly thirty mangas; we list a few of the important ones here.

One of Matsumoto Leiji's former assistants is Sen'no Knife 千之ナイフ,
who was also an assistant of Maki Miyako 宗美智子. He went solo in the
mid-80s and enjoyed modest success with Yami no Silhouette 闇のシルエット
(published by Akita Shoten, 1987-92, 4 volumes @ Y390).


Space Cruiser Yamato 宇宙戦艦ヤマト [aka Star Blazers] - published by
Akita Shoten, 2 volumes @ Y1100.
The hulk of an ancient battleship, Yamato, is rebuilt as a space warship
to defend the earth from alien forces. Became the catalyst for a major
animation boon in the mid-70s, being made into several movies, all
theatrical releases. The TV series was hacked up and dubbed into English,
and became one of the few Japanese TV animes that achieved some
recognition with Western audiences, joining Jungle Emperor [aka Kimba],
Speed Racer, and Macross [aka Robotech].

Galaxy Express 999 銀河鉄道999 - published by Shogakukan 10 volumes @
A classic, regarded as Leiji Matsumoto's master work. Matsumoto's message
of "the strength of the human spirit" comes through strongest in Galaxy
Express 999 than in any of his other works. The artwork may seem too loose
and sloppy to some but it's a stylistic thing; it grows on you. Check out
his mecha though--really amazing. This and Space Cruiser Yamato (also by
Matsumoto) are probably the major factors behind the SF-boom (still
ongoing) of the early 80's.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock キャプテンハーロック [aka Albator] -
published by Akita Shoten, 3 volumes @ Y1000.

Muo no Hosomichi 夢奥の細道 - published by Shogakukan, 1991, Y500.

The Millenium Queen 千年女王 - published by Shogakukan, 2 volumes @

Queen Esmeralda クィーンエメラルダス - published by Kodansha, 2 volumes @

Hard Metal ハードメタル - published by Shogakukan, 1986-9, 3 volumes @

Hyoryu Kansen 000 漂流幹線000 - published by Taitosha, 1994, 2 volumes
@ Y900.


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