Hideo Yamamoto

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Hideo Yamamoto
Born June 23, 1968
Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Manga artist
Known for Ichi the Killer

Hideo Yamamoto (山本英夫 Yamamoto Hideo?) is a Japanese manga artist best known for the manga series Ichi the Killer (manga) (which was adapted into a live-action film in 2001) and the series, Homunculus (manga).

Recurring themes in his manga are crime, sexual deviations, and the human mind.


Hideo Yamamoto received the "Tetsuya Chiba Award", given to promising young manga creators in 1988. After resigning from the post of assistant of a popular seinen manga artist, Kenshi Hirokane, he made his professional debut by drawing "SHEEP" (written by Masahiko Takasho) for Weekly Young Sunday in 1989.

Before creating Homunculus (manga), Hideo Yamamoto actually lived as a homeless person for sometime in order to be able to credibly include the theme of homelessness in his work. Yamamoto is also interested in martial arts.


  • SHEEP (1989)
  • Okama Hakusho (Transvestite Report, 1989–1991) - made into an OVA in 1991.
  • Nozokiya (Voyeur, 1992)
  • 1 (Ichi) (1993)
  • Enjou Kousai Bokumetsu Undou (Compensated Dating Eradication Movement, drawn by Koshiba Tetsuya)
  • Shin Nozokiya (Voyeur Inc., 1993–1997)
  • Koroshiya Ichi (Ichi the Killer, 1998–2001) - adapted into a movie by Takashi Miike in 2001.[1] Also, a prequel OVA, explaining the causes of Ichi's misery, was made.
  • Homunculus (2003–2011)[1]
  • Yume Onna (2013)
  • Hikari-Man (2014-)


  1. ^ a b Lin, Maria (May 2005). "Dark Plots in Manga Land". animefringe (animefringe) 6 (5). ISSN 1705-3692. Retrieved February 26, 2011. If it's serial killers and unconscious monsters that you want, the following dark manga will leave your head in a satisfying knot.