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Masami Kurumada (Born December 6, 1953.) is a Shounen manga artist and writer from Tokyo, Japan.

Born to a family of industrial workers, Kurumada aspired to become a manga artist upon becoming a fan of Hiroshi Motomiya's Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho, and was disciplined under the line of Ikki Kajiwara by assisting Kajiwara's longtime collaboration artist, Kou Inoue. Kurumada is noted to have assisted on Kajiwara's Samurai Giants.

At 20 years of age, Kurumada broke into the manga industry with Ring ni Kakero on Shonen Jump.

Known for his Shoujo-esque approach to character design, knowledge in physics, impressive usage of quotation from various classical literatures, philosophers, The Bible, and the grandiose usage of rich screentones while maintaining a Rated M for Manly story execution made him the prominent grandfather of the Bishōnen Jump Syndrome, and became one of Jump's Golden Age artists with Saint Seiya.


List of Kurumada's works, in debut order:


Tropes associated with Masami Kurumada

  • Fan Nickname: Kurumada is recognized for his innovative art styles used in fights; in which lots of them became textbook examples to the industry, and even memes to aspiring manga artists for practice.
    • The Kurumada Balloon: One of Kurumada's style of Speech Bubbles in the form of pushing out several thick aggressive black paint strokes from a black speech bubble. Usually used for his character's attacks, and or when characters are having a Big "WHAT?!" moment.
    • The Kurumada Fall: Kurumada's style of Face Plant. Characters frequently eat an attack, ragdoll, and land face first without it being a joke. Luckily, their good looks rarely pay the price, even when they grind chunks out of a stone floor or give it a new paint job.
    • The Kurumada Flight: Kurumada's style of Megaton Punch. Attackers in this type of panel usually sticks to the bottom-right corner and brutally punches off their opponents with a gruesome upper cut sending them flying faced away from the camera. Usually paired with The Kurumada Balloon.
  • Hotblooded: He's the champion of this genre. Hell, he even written the lyrics titled Shounenki I~ BURNING BLOOD for one of Saint Seiya's opening theme songs.
  • Meaningful Name: His protagonists will all have some sort of name that fulfills their purpose within their stories.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Kurumada highly values the concept of "men are protectors of women," and "women are more redeemable than men."
    • B't X has a staggering 100% High-Heel–Face Turn rate for all female characters; while presenting Demon General Sapphire as a monster by killing Salome with a gruesome death, and B't Raphaello as the Machine Emperor's ultimate Doomsday Device by having B't Raphaello consume all forms of life to let itself grow, including all of Karin's elementary school classmates.
    • Despite the high death count, Saint Seiya too, has all the female Saints including Marin, Shaina and June survive while all but the five main bronze boys (And the secondary bronze saints as well) die.
  • Punched Across the Room: Happens so often, a lot of anime Megaton Punch uppercuts are parodies of Kurumada's compositions. It's just that his targets usually have to land back in the arena.
  • Rated M for Manly: Most of his stories tend to focus on the action and stoicism of the main characters, similar to what Fist of the North Star has in stock. 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.
  • 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The large majority of his work stands firmly on the idealistic side, with the forces of Good triumphing over evil, despite all the constant violence, tragedy and Crapsack World elements of each one of his stories.
  • World of Ham: From the constant uses of 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Kurumada somehow likes to render the appearances of his teenage characters to look as if they're 20-30 years old. The person who suffered the most extreme age dissonance is Kazuki Shinatora of Ring ni Kagero. A middle schooler who looks as if he's over 30...


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