November 8, 1974
Nagi, Okayama, Japan
|Known for||666 Satan, Blazer Drive|
|Relatives||Masashi Kishimoto (twin-brother)|
Seishi Kishimoto (岸本 聖史 Kishimoto Seishi?, born November 8, 1974) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for 666 Satan, which was serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from 2001 to 2007 and licensed by Viz Media in North America as O-Parts Hunter. He has since written two more manga series, Blazer Drive (2008–2011) and Kurenai no Ōkami to Ashikase no Hitsuji (2011–2013). His older twin brother, Masashi Kishimoto, is also a manga artist and creator of Naruto.
Seishi Kishimoto was born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan on November 8, 1974 as the younger identical twin of Masashi Kishimoto. In elementary school, Kishimoto started watching the anime adaptation of Kinnikuman alongside his brother and the two of them began to design their own superheros.
Kishimoto's first manga was the one-shot Trigger published in Square Enix's Gangan Powered in 2001. With the story he wanted to write about "faith and parent-child relationships," but had trouble fitting it within the page limit. He began his first serialized work, 666 Satan, in Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 2001. The manga continued for six years and has been translated and released in several foreign countries, including in North America by Viz Media. A year after 666 Satan ended Seishi launched Blazer Drive in the debut issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Rival, which ran until 2011 and received a video game adaptation. He then made the one-shot 12 O'Clock Bell Rings, which was published in the monthly Shōjo magazine Aria in 2011. In the January 2012 issue of Monthly Shōnen Rival, Seishi debuted his newest series, Kurenai no Ōkami to Ashikase no Hitsuji ("The Crimson Wolf and the Trapped Sheep").
Style and influences
Seishi and his twin brother Masashi have been drawing manga together since early childhood, thus their styles are similar. As a result, each of them has frequently been accused of copying the other, not just artwork, but story elements as well. Seishi himself notes that the similarities are not intentional but are likely because they were both influenced by many of the same things. As a result of the "copy-cat" accusations, the more famous Masashi even asked fans to stop calling Seishi a "copycat."
- 666 Satan (666〜サタン〜?) – serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from 2001–2007
- Blazer Drive (ブレイザードライブ?) – serialized in Monthly Shōnen Rival from 2008–2011
- Kurenai no Ōkami to Ashikase no Hitsuji (紅の狼と足枷の羊?, "The Crimson Wolf and the Trapped Sheep") – serialized in Monthly Shōnen Rival from 2011–2013
- Trigger – published in Gangan Powered in 2001, reprinted in 666 Satan volume 6
- Tenchu 3 (天誅3?) – manga adaptation of the video game published in Monthly Shōnen Gangan
- Tribal (トライバル?) – prequel to Blazer Drive serialized in Monthly Shōnen Rival
- 12 O'Clock Bell Rings (12時の鐘が鳴る?) – published in Aria in 2011
- Kishimoto, Masashi (2002-10-04). NARUTO―ナルト―[秘伝·兵の書]オフォシャルファンBOOK (in Japanese). Japan: Shueisha. p. 205. ISBN 4-08-873321-5.
- Kishimoto, Masashi (2005). Naruto, Volume 8. Viz Media. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-4215-0124-6.
- Kishimoto, Seishi (2006). O-Parts Hunter, Volume 6. Viz Media. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-4215-0860-3.
- "Hajime no Ippo's George Morikawa to Draw 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- "O-Parts Hunter's Kishimoto Starts New Manga in Shōnen Rival Mag". Anime News Network. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "GetBackers' Ayamine to Launch Holy Talker Manga in April". Anime News Network. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
- Kishimoto, Seishi (2006). O-Parts Hunter, Volume 1. Viz Media. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4215-0855-9.
- Sparrow, A. E. (2007-01-30). "O-Parts Hunter Vol. 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-10-31.