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TSUNODA Jirou  [Edit]
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Name (in native language)
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Birth Date
July 3, 1936
Last Updated
February 20th, 2:35am PST
Best known for his horror manga and starting the "occult manga" boom of the 70's, Tsunoda has had a long, varied career in the manga biz, with a diverse body of work ranging from shounen comedy to josei erotica.

He got started in the 50's, working as an assistant for Shimada Keizou while still in high school. His debut, "Shin Momotarou", got published in 1955. Around this time he became a frequent guest at the legendary Tokiwa-sou.

In 1958 he had a first hit with the shoujo comedy Rumi-chan Kyoushitsu. Other succesful gag mangas such as 1965's Black Dan followed. In 1971 he worked on the hugely popular Karate Baka Ichidai, but personal differences with scenarist Kajiwara Ikki led to him being replaced by [a]Kagemaru Jouya[/a] in 1973.

It was around this time he started working on his two best known works, the horror manga Kyoufu Shinbun and Ushiro no Hyakutarou. These two hits led to a boom of "occult manga" and established him as one of Japan's leading horror mangaka. They also led to a second career as a parapsychologist.

Since then a major deal of his works are, of course, horror manga, but he has also written a number of succesful josei and shougi manga.

Tsunoda has seven siblings, two of them also being Japanese celebrities - his older brother Takashi is a renowned lute player, his younger brother Hiro is a singer songwriter. Furthermore, his son is manga scenarist Bitou Gou.
Blood Type
Horror(22)  Shounen(20)  Comedy(9)  Sports(9)  Seinen(8)  Shoujo(7)  Josei(4)  Historical(3)  School Life(3)  Supernatural(3)  Tragedy(3)  Action(2)  Drama(2)  Martial Arts(2)  Mystery(2)  Psychological(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
1995 Tokyo Kaimetsu   Horror   1995
5 Go no Ryuu   Shounen, Sports   1978
Akuma no Temariuta   Horror, Seinen   1976
Barairo no Umi   Shoujo   1961
Black Dan   Comedy, Shounen   1964
Bourei Gakkyuu   Horror, Shounen   1973
Donten Taishou   Shounen, Sports   1968
Gakuen Nanafushigi   Drama, Horror, School Life, Shoujo   1986
Ginza Kazoku   Drama, Josei   1980
Guri Guri   Comedy, Shounen   1967
Hidokei Hanadokei   Josei   1987
Inugamike no Ichizoku   Horror, Seinen   1976
Kaidan (TSUNODA Jirou)   Historical, Horror   1995
Kaimu Kabuton   Comedy, Shounen   1966
Karate Baka Ichidai   Action, Martial Arts, Shounen, Sports   1971
Kigata ga Kita! - "Kyoufu Shinbun" yori   Horror, Psychological, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy   2010
Koibito wa Shugorei-sama   Horror, Josei   1985
Kyoufu Shinbun   Horror, School Life, Shounen, Tragedy   1973
Kyoufu Shinbun II   Horror, Shoujo, Tragedy   1990
Mako (TSUNODA Jirou)   Horror, Seinen   1978
Mayonaka no Love Letter   Horror, Josei   1983
Megido no Hi   Horror, Shounen   1975
Nigun no Hata   Seinen, Sports   1978
Niji o Yobu Ken   Martial Arts, Shounen, Sports   1969
Ninja Awatemaru   Comedy, Historical, Shounen   1965
Noroi Kyousuke PSI Reisashitsu   Horror, Mystery, Shounen   1977
Ookami yo! Naze Hashiru   Sports   1969
Ore no Taiyou   Shounen, Sports   1965
Reikai Tsuushin (TSUNODA Jirou)   Horror   1984
Reikan Chounouryoku Training   Supernatural   1984
Reikan Power Kaihatsu Training   Supernatural   1989
Renge Densetsu   Horror, Seinen   1981
Rival no Hata   Sports   1969
Rival Sawan   Shounen, Sports   1966
Rumi-chan Kyoushitsu   Comedy, Shoujo   1958
Salaryman? Why?   Comedy, Seinen   1986
Samurai no Ko   Shoujo   1962
Senshajou Kougekitai   Comedy, Shounen   1962
Shin Gakuen Nanafushigi   Horror, Mystery, School Life, Shoujo   1992
Shin Ushiro no Hyakutarou   Horror, Shounen   1985
Shinsetsu Hyakumonogatari   Horror, Shoujo   1987
Sono Ya-kun   Comedy, Shounen   1976
Super Manbee   Comedy, Historical, Shounen   1958
Tokimeki no Haka   Horror, Seinen   1977
Ushiro no Hyakutarou   Action, Horror, Shounen   1973
Yatsu Hakamura (TSUNODA Jirou)   Horror, Seinen   1976
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