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WATSUKI Nobuhiro  [Edit]
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Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Niigata, Japan
Birth Date
May 26, 1970
Last Updated
November 9th, 2:46am PST
He once worked as an assistant for his favorite author OBATA Takeshi, and is influenced by Marvel comics such as the X-Men, Spider-Man, Spawn.

When Watsuki was a young boy, his brother, who was three years older, drew manga. Watsuki’s older brother was his role model so he started drawing Manga as well. Watsuki was also inspired by a variety of early Manga artists such as TEZUKA Osamu and Fujiko F. Fujio. Later on, his brother stopped drawing manga but, "Because Mr. Watsuki was dumb, he kept drawing it (manga) for a while.”

When Watsuki was in middle school, he practiced kendo. He still drew Manga but also enjoyed sports. Watsuki admits that he was “So weak in fact, that I was an embarrassment to my 183 centimeters of height." Watsuki never won a kendo match. He was once chosen to be a starter after a teammate was suspended for causing an uproar. Watsuki grew frustrated with kendo, and eventually quit. When he was challenged to come up with a new character for Rurouni Kenshin, he used his outlook on kendo for a base of Myoujin Yahiko.

Nobuhiro Watsuki has had many works in the past. In high school he won the Hop Step award for his work on his comic sleeve he called Podmark. Not much is known about Podmark because it has not been translated to English. Later on, Watsuki was an assistant in the work of Mashin Bōken Tan Lamp-Lamp (Arabian Genie Adventure Lamp-Lamp). The model for Sagara Sanosuke was based on a version of Lamp. In 1994 a new sleeve was created and published in Weekly Shonen Jump. It seems that this was the first sleeve about Rurouni Kenshin. His most recent work, Buso Renkin (Arms Alchemy) was published on June 2003, also in Jump.

When not working on manga, Watsuki enjoys playing video games, reading other manga, and watching television. His favorite American comic book is X-Men because he likes the action. His favorite Anime (other than his own) is Neon Genesis Evangelion. He likes video games like Samurai Spirits and things of that sort. He also enjoys action movies like Die Hard and The Matrix.

He has mentored many manga-ka, including ODA Eiichiro, YAMADA Kazushige, TAKEI Hiroyuki, SHINGA Gin, KAWAGUCHI Yukinori, SUZUKI Shinya and ITOU Mikio.

He is married to novelist KUROSAKI Kaoru.

Watsuki describes himself as "pro-doujinshi" and asks fans to send fan comics.
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Shounen(9)  Action(7)  Comedy(6)  Romance(6)  Drama(5)  Historical(5)  Supernatural(4)  Martial Arts(3)  Mystery(3)  Sci-fi(3)  Adventure(2)  Horror(2)  School Life(2)  Tragedy(2)  Fantasy(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Busou Renkin   Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2003
Chou Koichikame   Comedy, Shounen   2006
Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein   Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2007
Embalming II   Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2006
Gun Blaze West   Adventure, Shounen   2000
Hokuriku Yuurei Kobanashi   Mystery, School Life, Supernatural, Tragedy   1991
Rurouni Kenshin   Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen   1994
Rurouni Kenshin - Tokuhitsuban   Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen   2012
Rurouni Kenshin Uramaku - Honoo o Suberu   Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen, Tragedy   2014
Yamato Takeru (WATSUKI Nobuhiro)   Action, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen   2010
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