Zenki’s Illustrator Yoshihiro Kuroiwa Has Passed Away

by John Francis Matilde

An announcement was made from Yoshihiro Kuroiwa’s blog by his wife, informing everyone that the artist known for Kishin Douji Zenki manga passed away last Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at age 55. Funeral was held privately for his family and relatives.

Yoshihiro Kuroiwa was born in Nagano, Japan year 1962 and works as a mangaka. He started his career as an assistant to famous mangaka Masakazu Katsura in his work on Beauty Beast, a short story made in 1983. Kuroiwa’s well known manga series was Kishin Douji Zenki (story by Kikuhide Tani) which had been released from 1992 to 1996 in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series was also released as an anime in 1995 by Tokyo Television Network Co., Ltd. (TV TOKYO).

Kuroiwa’s known for his works such as Sasuke Ninden, Kishin Douji Zenki, Macross Frontier: Jikū Uta-Miko Ranka, Buddy Spirits, and his recently released Otomegami Amaterasu manga.

A List of his works:


Manga

  • サスケ忍伝 (Sasuke Ninden / Sasuke Ninbutsu)
    • “Weekly Shonen Jump”, 32nd – 41st week of the year 1986, 1 volume, publisher: Shueisha
  • 魔神竜バリオン (Mashin Ryū Barion / Machine Dragon Barion)
    • “Weekly Shonen Jump”, 22nd – 32nd week of the year 1987, 1 volume, publisher: Shueisha
  • 変幻戦忍アスカ (Hengen Sennin Asuka / Fantasy Fight Ninja Asuka)
    • “Weekly Shonen Jump”, 23rd – 40th week of the year 1988, 2 volumes, publisher: Shueisha
  • 不思議ハンター (Fushigi Hunter / Mystery Hunter)
    • “Weekly Shonen Jump”, 32nd – 48th week of the year 1990, 2 volumes, original work by: Yukihiro Iizuka, publisher: Shueisha
  • 不思議ハンター Special (Fushigi Hunter Special / Mystery Hunter Special)
    • “Weekly Shonen Jump”, an extra publication of the year 1989, 2 volumes, publisher: Shueisha
  • 鬼神童子ZENKI (Kishin Douji Zenki / Demon God Child Zenki)
    • “Monthly Shonen Jump”, December 1992 – September 1996, 12 volumes / 7 volumes (rerelease), original work by: Kikuhide Tani, publisher: Shueisha
  • 流星超人ズバーン (Ryūsei chōjin zubān / Ryuusei Choujin Zuban)
    • “Monthly Shonen Jump”, May 1998 – April 1999, 3 volumes, publisher: Shueisha
  • 怪奇まんだら (Kaiki Mandara / Mysterious Mandala)
    • “Monthly Shonen Jump”, August 2000 – March 2001, 2 volumes, publisher: Shueisha
  • ベイブレード大戦 聖龍伝 (Beyblade Taisen Seiryuuden / Beyblade Holy Dragonlord Competition)
    • “Books for 3rd and 4th graders / elementary school students”, 2001 – 2003, 2 volumes, publisher: Shogakukan
  • ふわふわ (Fuwafuwa / Fluffy)
    • 2003 – 2006, 5 volumes, publisher: Takeshobo
  • 漫畫ACTION (Manga Action)
    • Issued on March 27, 2004, 1 volume, publisher: Shobu company
  • 永遠のそら (Eien no Sora / Eternal Sky)
    • Issued on March 28, 2005, 1 volume, publisher: Juvenile breaking news agency
  • おうたま (Ōtama / Ootama)
    • Adult manga, released on April 19, 2005, 1 volume, publisher: core magazine
  • 魔法連者 THE MOVIE 地獄魔人的新娘 (Mahō ren-sha THE MOVIE jigoku majin-teki shin musume / Magical Soldier THE MOVIE the Devilman’s new daughter)
    • Special manga collection (KADOKAWA COMICS Special A), issued on March 1, 2006, Tokusatsu ACE magazine issues 11 – 14, 1 volume, original work by: Toei, publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
  • ステージガールズ (Sutējigāruzu / Stage Girls)
    • Comic GUMBO, January 23, 2007 – December 11, 2007, 2 volumes, original work by: Asami Kaminoge, publisher: Sankei Shinbun publishing)
  • ふぃぎゅあ こととねシークレット (Fuigyua koto to ne shikuretto / I and that figure’s secret)
    • Issued in October 2007, 1 volume, publisher: Takeshobo
  • マクロスF 超次空歌巫女ランカ (Makurosu efu chō ji sora uta miko Ranka / Macross Frontier – The miko Ranka’s Song of the Heavens / Macross Frontier)
    • “Monthly Comp Ace”, April – July 2008, 1 volume, publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
    • The short series later got adapted into an anime.
  • バディスピリッツ (BUDDY Spirits / Buddy Spirits)
    • Composition of Takeshi, “Monthly Hero’s”, February 2012 – June 2014, 6 volumes, original work by: Miyuki Kishimoto, publisher: Shogakukan)




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