15 Sep ’10

Masamune Shirow – Legendary Artist

Masamune Shirow 士郎 正宗 (Masamune Shiro) is one of the most famous manga artists in the world. His real name is Masanori Ota 太田 まさのり , he is one of the definitive artists of the anime genre, having influenced countless other artists. He helped define the cyberpunk genre and also erotic art in Japan.

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Shirow is the creator of Ghost in the Shell 攻殻機動隊 and Appleseed アップルシード , two very popular pieces of work, which are internationally recognised. Ghost in the Shell along with other animes such as Akira helped bring anime to a western audience and are the early driving forces behind anime’s popularity in the West. (Although he wasn’t actually part of any major role in the production team for the first Ghost in the Shell movie, it’s still based on his work, the Ghost in the Shell manga.)

Shirow is widely known for his amazing illustrations of strong, tall, toned women, where he creates incredibly detailed clothing and backgrounds. His style has almost Frank Frazetta epicness to it, the women are generally so ordained or tech’d up that they are really out of this world.

Shirow’s art almost always focuses on the female form, mostly in a futuristic setting, which is the theme all his mangas take on. Shirow also does fantasy pieces and other works.

List of Work

  • Black Magic
  • Appleseed
  • Dominion
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Orion
  • Intron Depot 1
  • Dominion Conflict 1
  • Intron Depot 2
  • Ghost in the Shell 2
  • Galgrease
  • Ghost in the Shell 1.5
  • (Many minor works)

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  1. Nia

    Altho his style seems a bit old, I still quite like it. ^^

  2. Harold

    his work is epic, inspire me so much.

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