"Zenki" Manga Illustrator Yoshihiro Kuroiwa Passes Away at 55

The funeral has been already held with only his relatives

It is announced today on his official blog by his wife that Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Kuroiwa, best known as the illustrator of Kishin Douji Zenki action fantasy manga series, passed away due to myocardial infarction on May 8. He was 55. The funeral has been already held with only his relatives.


From now on, no updates are planned for his official website, blog, and Twitter, but his wife wants to keep them on the internet as proof of his life. 




He posted his last comment on Twitter on May 6 (JST), two days before his death, to promote the 13th

chapter of his leatest work Otomegami Amaterasu



Kuroiwa started his manga artist career as an assistant of Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl, ZETMAN). After

winning the Honorable Mention Award in the 26th Tezuka Award with Beauty Beast and being selected in

the Fresh Jump Award with Maiko Mysterious in 1983, he made his debut in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen

Jump with his first serialization work Sasuke Ninden 1986.


His most recent work is Otomegami Amaterasu that has been serialized in Homesha's web manga

site Z since its launch in April 2017. Ideas and rough sketches for its unfinished next 14th chapter

is planned to be published in some form in cooperation with his family. 



"Sasuke Ninden" (1986)


"Kishin Douji Zenki" (story by Kikuhide Tani/ 1993-1996)


"Otomegami Amaterasu" (2017-2018)



Source: Yoshihoro Kuroiwa official blog


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