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Creator / Kazuo Koike

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Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo, May 8, 1936 - April 17, 2019) was a prolific Japanese manga writer (gensakusha), novelist and entrepreneur. His works include Crying Freeman, Lady Snowblood, Lone Wolf and Cub, Mad Bull 34 and Samurai Executioner.

However, an arguably more important role he had in the development of Japanese manga was as a mentor. His confidence in the power of the writer as a force led him in 1977 to establish the Gekiga Sonjuku program to educate new creators. You might know some of the graduates from this program; they include:

Tropes found in his works:

  • Shown Their Work: His Jidaigeki stories stand out for being heavily-researched, to the point of many chapters devoting themselves to showing off obscure and little known aspects of medieval Japanese life.
  • Manly Tears: His male characters never feel ashamed of shedding tears, no matter the circumstances.
  • Villain Protagonist: His most famous works' main characters are assassins, yakuzas...