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Kazuhiro Fujita (born 24 May, 1964) is a Japanese manga artist. While virtually unknown in the West, he is very popular in Japan and has a great influence on many mangaka. Several artists had made their debut after being his assistants, including Nobuyuki Anzai (Flame of Recca), Kazurou Inoue (Midori Days), and Makoto Raiku (Zatch Bell!).

His most well-known works in the West are Ushio and Tora and Karakuri Circus. The latter has an anime currently airing while the former has two!

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Works

  • Ushio and Tora
  • Yoru no Uta (collection of short stories drawn 1988-1994), one story of the collection, "Puppet Princess", was made into an OVA in 2000.
  • Karakuri Circus
  • Akatsuki no Uta (collection of short stories drawn 1996-2003)
  • Jagan wa Gachirin ni Tobu
  • The Black Museum: Springald
  • Moonlight Act
  • The Black Museum: Ghost and Lady: Featuring a Very Loosely Based on a True Story retelling of the story of Florence Nightingale and her ghostly bodyguard. Yes, that Florence Nightingale.
  • Sou-Bou-Tei Must Be Destroyed: Currently being published.
  • Original concepts for Bakegyamon and Ayakashidou no Hourai

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Tropes associated with Fujita:

  • Author Appeal: He loves to have his characters being passionate about something (usually arts) but absolutely sucks at it. For example, Ushio with his horrible paintings and Narumi with his abysmal talent in making people laugh.
    • He loves to have badass females in his works. Even non-action female characters tend to have a very strong personality, despite their appearances.
    • He also has fondness in Chinese culture and depicted very accurately in his work. In Ushio and Tora, the origin of Beast Spear is came from China. In Karakuri Circus, Narumi's Kempo is Xing Yi Quan which is also from China. Narumi's Chinese kempo master also one of the most powerful character in the series.
  • Art Evolution: While not obvious, a comparison between the beginning of Ushio and Tora and his newest Sou-Bou-Tei Must Be Destroyed shows a much cleaner and sharper line-art. The characters' proportions and faces look a bit fuller, too.
  • Art Shift: His serious and dark art could switch to something that looks like it comes from a Widget Series in just panels; or sometimes, even in a single panel could contain two different art-styles interacting with each other.
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  • Gorn: All over the places, which is understandable, since his stories often include monsters and long bloody battles.
  • Mood Whiplash: Another trademark of his. Just read the beginning of Ushio and Tora or Karakuri Circus and see.
  • The Power of Love: Surprisingly, for a Shounen mangaka, his works often contain a lot of romantic elements. Characters' motivations within the plots usually start from the love/friendship for someone else instead of the usual "Chasing your goal/dream" Shounen protagonists tend to have.
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