Manga artist Masami Kurumada is best remembered for Saint Seiya, but what about his other works? Although many of them were never translated, his titles have influenced modern authors from CLAMP (look at those beautiful perms!) to Bleach's Tite Kubo (look at those beautiful weapons!). He's been at it for forty years, longer than many of us have been alive. Get your blood boiling as we visit a retrospective dedicated to the master of the multi-volume fight!
Kurumada was all about hot-blooded battles from the very beginning with his 1977 boxing manga, Ring ni Kakero. With attack names like Galactica Phantom, Rolling Thunder and Cyclone Maelstrom characters were one Pegasus Meteor Fist away from being Cotton Saints in boxer shorts.
If Ring ni Kakero made Kurumada a star, then Saint Seiya turned him into a celebrity. Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1986 to 1990, it became a massive hit at home and abroad with a 100+ episode anime adaptation. If the story of self-sacrifice, friendship bound by blood and epic battles doesn't get your heart racing, check your pulse--you might be dead.
Kurumada's career can be divided into his pre-Seiya and post-Seiya output. From the 90s onward he worked on lesser-known titles including B'tX and a Ring ni Kakero sequel. Currently he's writing Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades, a Saint Seiya prequel that covers the 18th century war between Hades and Athena.
They say "Write that you know" and Kurumada knew determination from his martial arts training. A strong manga artist will outlast the deadline and editor. A strong story will outlast the creator. So long as there's manga about beautiful boys beating each other bloodless, Kurumada's legacy will continue to burn red-hot.
Event date: June 10th-22nd
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