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FURUYA Usamaru  [Edit]
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Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Birth Date
January 25, 1968
Last Updated
January 27th, 12:06am PST
Furuya Usamaru's path to manga was unusual. He studied sculpture and abstract three-dimensional figures in art school, and afterwards even became involved with butoh dance. For a while he worked as a high-school art teacher. He made his debut as a manga artist with the ground-breaking four-panel "gag" strip Palepoli, which was serialized in the legendary avant-garde comics magazine Garo in 1994.

Since then he has gone on to publish in major weekly magazines in Japan, such as Young Sunday (where Short Cuts was first serialized). In English, his work has appeared in PULP: The Manga Magazine and Secret Comics Japan.

A message to American readers from Furuya Usamaru: "I've heard that 80% of America is made up of anthropocentric and passionate Christians who deny the theory of evolution. Could this be a misconception on my part? I think it probably is. I think there are a great many misconceptions between Americans and Japanese. If only we could overcome these through manga."

His self portrait is of a crabby (?) rabbit, which is a gag on the first kanji of his given name "兎", which means "rabbit".
Blood Type
Psychological(16)  Mature(12)  Seinen(12)  Drama(11)  Romance(9)  School Life(9)  Comedy(8)  Horror(6)  Tragedy(6)  Adult(4)  Sci-fi(4)  Slice of Life(4)  Supernatural(4)  Fantasy(3)  Action(2)  Adventure(2)  Historical(2)  Mystery(2)  Shounen(2)  Ecchi(1)  Josei(1)  Lolicon(1)  Shounen Ai(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Kinjirareta Asobi (FURUYA Usamaru)     2014
Joshikousei ni Korosaretai   Drama, Mature, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Seinen   2013
Mangaka-san Irasshai! R's Bar - Mangaka no Atsumaru Mise   Comedy, Seinen   2013
Bokura no Hikari Club   Adult, Drama, Horror, Mature, Psychological, Seinen   2011
Teiichi no Kuni   Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen   2010
Ningen Shikkaku   Historical, Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Slice of Life, Tragedy   2009
Genkaku Picasso   Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Psychological, School Life, Shounen, Supernatural   2008
Innocents Shounen Juujigun   Action, Adventure, Historical, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Supernatural, Tragedy   2007
Shounenshoujo Ryouryuuki   Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life   2006
Kanojo o Mamoru 51 no Houhou   Action, Drama, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen   2006
Happiness (FURUYA Usamaru)   Adult, Drama, Psychological, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life   2006
Litchi Hikari Club   Adult, Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen Ai, Tragedy   2006
Donki Kourin   Josei, Mystery, School Life   2004
Jisatsu Circle   Drama, Horror, Mature, Psychological, School Life, Tragedy   2002
π   Comedy, Ecchi, Mature, Romance, School Life, Seinen   2002
Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku   Drama, Fantasy, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Seinen   2001
Plastic Girl (FURUYA Usamaru)   Drama, Mature, Psychological   2000
Garden (FURUYA Usamaru)   Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Lolicon, Mature, Psychological, Sci-fi, Tragedy   2000
Wsamarus 2001   Drama, Horror, Psychological, Romance, School Life   2000
Secret Comics Japan   Adult, Horror, Sci-fi, Seinen, Supernatural   2000
Short Cuts   Comedy, Mature, School Life, Seinen   1996
Palepoli   Comedy, Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural   1996
At Na-chan's   Slice of Life, Tragedy   --
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