Manga artist and writer from Japan. Born December 6, 1953. Masami Kurumada has been responsible for several series, in debut order:
- Ring Ni Kakero, a boxing manga and Kurumada's favourite work, as well as the one that made him big. Heavily inspired by Ashita no Joe.
- Fuma no Kojiro, is about high school Japanese delinquent ninjas.
- Saint Seiya (by far his most famous work) and Saint Seiya Next Dimension.
- Silent Knight Sho
- B't X is his take on the Super Robot Genre by using Compact Animal Mecha with a strong Shout-Out to God Mars.
- Evil Crusher Maya: An one-shot manga that features the protagonist, Maya in an extremely rare Long-Haired Pretty Boy design...and as his name implies, he shoots "demons" with "arrows".
Tropes associated with Masami Kurumada
- Meaningful Name: His protagonists will all have some sort of name that fulfills their purpose within their stories.
- Rated M for Manly: Most of his stories tend to focus on the action and stoicism of the main characters, in a similar manner than stuff like Fist of the North Star. Oh yeah, there is also of blood and violence.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Just look at his photograph, then look at the tropes below, it's unimaginable.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: He somehow has the preference for designing Long-Haired Pretty Boys.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: From Bishie Sparkles, to Sparkly Jewelries, it's jaw-dropping to see a Large Ham like Kurumada to be a mega pro at screentoning sparkle porn even grander than most female manga artists to date.
- Reused Character Design: If it is a Masami Kurumada work, you can bet that it will have several characters who are identical to characters from the same work, characters from prior works, and characters from future works. Just to use one example, the main characters of all his most famous series, Kojiro from Fuma No Kojiro, Seiya from Saint Seiya, Sho from Silent Knight Sho, Teppei from B't X, and Ryuji from Ring Ni Kakero, all look basically identical. They all have the same hair-style, body type and attitude, to the point it makes you wonder if Kurumada seriously can't draw any other kind of protagonist.
- He justifies this as using a variation of Osamu Tezuka's Star System, wherein each of his works have what could be considered "revisions" of characters and themes (you could have a field day spotting the similarities between Saint Seiya and B't X), hence why they all look alike.
- Shōnen: All his most famous works target this demographic.
- Signature Style: Pegasi, Arrows, and all types of Cool Horse motifs. It's even the icon for Kurumada's 40th Anniversary logo◊.
- This is just Kurumada's way of outwardly showing his love for his Western Zodiac, Sagittarius. To the point where, unless Kurumada somehow announces a Playing Against Type call, longtime fans would downright assume all of his leading men would don the fate of being Sagittarius just by viewing Seiya's character profile alone.
- World of Ham: From the constant uses o Calling Your Attacks to the character's passionate declarations of their resolve to fight, to all the Hot-Bloodedness exhumed by the battles, Kurumada certainly has a passion for this trope.