Kamui (manga series)

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Genre Action, drama, historical
Written by Sanpei Shirato
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Garo
Original run 19641971
Volumes 21
The Legend of Kamui
Written by Sanpei Shirato
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run 19651967
Volumes 10
Kamui Den Dai 2 Bu
Written by Sanpei Shirato
Published by Shogakukan
Magazine Big Comic
Original run 19821986
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Kamui (カムイ?) is a manga series written and drawn by Sanpei Shirato. Set in feudal Japan, it tells the story of a low-born ninja who has fled his clan. The series combines historical adventure with social commentary and themes of oppression and rebellion that reflect Shirato's Marxist convictions.

The original series, Kamui Den (カムイ伝?), ran from December 1964 to July 1971 in the monthly gekiga magazine Garo. The sequel titled Ninpū Kamui Gaiden (カムイ外伝?) ran from 1965 to 1967 in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Another Kamui title, Kamui Den Dai 2 Bu, ran from 1982 to 1987 in Big Comic.[1]

In 1987, two volumes of the 1980s series became one of the first manga titles to be published in the United States (by Eclipse Comics and Viz Comics), as The Legend of Kamui. The Viz edition featured lettering and retouching by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai.


The manga was adapted into an anime series Kamui the Ninja (1969) and a live-action film Kamui Gaiden (2009).