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Masakazu Katsura (桂 正和 Katsura Masakazu?, born December 10, 1962) is a Japanese mangaka who is best known for several works of manga, including:

He has also worked on the character designs for IRIA: Zeiram the Animation (which was based on the movie Zeiram), Tiger & Bunny, Garo Crimson Moon and Double Decker. Love & Destroy marks his character design debut in videogames and Astral Chain his second foray after 10 years.

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Born in Fukui, he had always liked to draw, but spending some months recovering from illness is what got him into drawing seriously. Few later he began his career as a mangaka, kickstarted by Wingman and then reassured by Video Girl Ai, which is the series that made him famous.

Katsura's style is very easy to recognize, both in terms of design and then of storytelling:

Katsura has been Vitriolic Best Buds with Akira Toriyama for a long time, too. A Running Gag in his mangas is the presence of this background character "Mr. Mayarito", whose name is an anagram of Toriyama's surname.

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Oh, and he also likes Batman. A LOT.


Masakazu Katsura's mangas contain the following tropes

  • Art Evolution: Compare Wingman to his later works. In fact, the illness that led Katsura to refine his technique came near the end of Wingman's serialization.
  • Author Appeal: His love for Batman can be seen in multiple of his mangas, usually in the form of a Batman movie.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It's not very easy for his characters to achieve their goal and be happy. Even when the goal has been reached, Katsura likes to show what happens after this high-point, and the characters need to work to keep things going well.
  • Male Gaze: Several of his manga have panels dedicated to a woman's bosom, butt or shapely legs.
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