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KATSURA Masakazu  [Edit]
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K2R Studios
Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Fukui Prefecture, Japan
Birth Date
December 10, 1962
Last Updated
November 9th, 1:08am PST
Masakazu Katsura was born in the prefecture of Fukui in Japan. The turning point in his life was an illness for which he was bedridden, during which time he taught himself a different way to draw.[citation needed] Katsura entered the manga industry in his second or third year of high school, when he entered a work for the Tezuka Award to win the prize money. However, he says he did not grow up reading manga, instead he read novels and watched movies.
Video Girl Ai was made into an original video animation and has been released in North America. A live-action movie was also made of the story. The main action of the five-volume series DNA² was made into an anime television show that did not sell well enough to finish, so the story was concluded with a short OVA, which was also released in North America. I"s was made into at least two OVAs: one two-episode side story, and one six-episode summary of the manga.
Katsura also performed as a vocalist on the songs "Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow" and "Unseen Dream" from the two soundtracks for the Video Girl Ai OVA.
In 2008, he collaborated with Akira Toriyama, his good friend and creator of Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, for the Jump SQ one-shot Sachie-chan Good!!. The two became friends in the early 1980s, having been introduced by their mutual editor Kazuhiko Torishima, and have even parodied each other in their own manga. Toriyama credits Katsura with coming up with the idea to have two characters "fuse" together in Dragon Ball, leading to the Fusion technique. However, Katsura says this is only a rumor; while he did in fact suggest it to him, he knows that Toriyama was not listening and claims Toriyama later thought it up on his own.They worked together again in 2009, for the three-chapter one-shot Jiya in Weekly Young Jump.
Also in 2008, Katsura did a design illustration of the Batman costume for Bandai's "Movie Realization" action figure line, basing it on the costume used in the film The Dark Knight.
Blood Type
Sci-fi(14)  Shounen(12)  Comedy(11)  Action(10)  Romance(10)  Drama(9)  Seinen(6)  Ecchi(5)  Supernatural(4)  Fantasy(3)  School Life(3)  Adult(1)  Adventure(1)  Gender Bender(1)  Harem(1)  Martial Arts(1)  Mature(1)  Mecha(1)  Tragedy(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Chiisana Atari   Romance, Seinen   2009
Chou Kochikame   Comedy, Shounen   2006
Choukidouin Vander   Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen   1985
Denei Shoujo   Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen   1989
DNA²   Action, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen   1993
Dr. Chanbelee   Drama, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy   2000
I"s   Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Shounen   1997
Jiya   Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Seinen   2009
Katsura Akira   Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Seinen   2014
Katsura Masakazu Collection     1984
Love & Destroy   Mecha, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2000
M   Adult, Drama, Romance, Seinen   1996
Present from Lemon   Shounen   1987
Sachie-chan Guu!!   Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen   2008
Shadow Lady   Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen   1995
Tiger and Bunny (KATSURA Masakazu)   Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Seinen   2011
Tsubasa (Katsura Masakazu)   Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi   1981
Wingman   Action, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   1983
Woman in the Man   Action, Ecchi, Gender Bender, Martial Arts, Sci-fi   1993
Zetman   Action, Drama, Mature, Romance, Sci-fi, Seinen, Supernatural   2002
Zetman (1994)   Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen   1994
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