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WATSUKI Nobuhiro  [Edit]
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Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Tokyo, Japan
Birth Date
May 26, 1970
Last Updated
April 23rd, 2:09am 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 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.

In high school he took a prize in the Tezuka Award for his one shot Teacher Pon. Not much is known about Teacher Pon 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.

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.

Watsuki describes himself as "pro-doujinshi" and asks fans to send fan comics.

Watsuki was charged for possession of child pornography in 2017 and was fined 200,000 yen in February 2018.

He is married to novelist KUROSAKI Kaoru.
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Shounen(11)  Action(10)  Drama(9)  Romance(9)  Comedy(8)  Historical(8)  Martial Arts(6)  Supernatural(4)  Sci-fi(3)  Tragedy(3)  Adventure(2)  Mystery(2)  School Life(2)  Fantasy(1)  Horror(1)  Slice of Life(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Busou Renkin   Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2003
Chou Kochikame   Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life   2006
Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein   Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural   2008
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 (Novel)   Action, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance   1996
Rurouni Kenshin Ibun: Ashitarou Zenka Ari   Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Shounen   2016
Rurouni Kenshin Uramaku - Honoo o Suberu   Action, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen, Tragedy   2014
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaidou Hen   Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen   2017
Yamato Takeru (WATSUKI Nobuhiro)   Action, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Shounen, Tragedy   2010
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