Anthony J. Bryant

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Anthony J. Bryant
Born (1961-02-14)February 14, 1961
Franklin, Indiana, U.S.
Died December 25, 2013(2013-12-25) (aged 52)
Franklin, Indiana, U.S.
Resting place Greenlawn Cemetery (Franklin, Indiana)
Nationality American
Occupation Author

Anthony J. Bryant (February 14, 1961 – December 25, 2013) was an American author and editor.


Anthony J. Bryant was born Feb. 14, 1961 in Franklin, Indiana, and was adopted at age 5 by Robert M. and Margaret Bryant.[1]

After Bob Bryant's death in 1967, Tony and his mother moved to Miami Shores, Fla., where he spent his youth and attended Pinecrest Preparatory School.[1] After graduating from Florida State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Japanese studies, he completed his graduate studies in Japanese studies (history, language, and armor) at Takoshoku University in Tokyo, graduating in 1986. Bryant resided in Japan from 1986 to 1992.[1] He also earned an M.A. in Japanese from Indiana University Bloomington in 2003.[2]

An authority on the making of Japanese armor, he joined the Nihon Katchū Bugu Kenkyū Hozon Kai ("Japan Association for Arms and Armor Preservation"), and was one of four non-Asian members. While living in Japan, he also worked as a features editor for the Mainichi Daily News, and as editor for the Tokyo Journal, an English language monthly magazine.[1]

Bryant was the author of four books for Osprey Military Publishing on samurai history, and co-authored, with Mark Arsenault, the core rulebook for the feudal Japanese role-playing game Sengoku.[1] He was a historian of Japan specializing in Kamakura, Muromachi, and Momoyama period warrior culture.[citation needed] His areas of interest also included Heian-period court structure and society and Japanese literature.[citation needed]

After returning from Japan, in 1995 he became the editor of Dragon Magazine, the flagship publication of TSR, Inc., the creators of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.[1] He was the editor for only 8 issues of Dragon, before Dave Gross took over.

Bryant died on December 25, 2013, at St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.[1]


  • Iwaya no sōshi (The Tale of the Cave House). Translation of the Muromachi Era story – author's thesis
  • The Samurai, (Elite), Osprey Publishing, London (1989) ISBN 0-850-45897-8 OCLC 20221896
  • Early Samurai AD 200–1500, Osprey Publishing, London (1991) ISBN 1-855-32131-9 OCLC 24696248
  • Samurai 1550–1600, Osprey Publishing, London (1994) ISBN 1-855-32345-1 OCLC 31011021
  • Sekigahara 1600, Osprey Publishing, London (2000)
  • Sengoku, Gold Rush Games; Revised edition (May 1, 2002)[3]
  • Sekigahara 1600: The Final Struggle for Power, Praeger Publishers; (September 2005) ISBN 1-855-32395-8 OCLC 33355511

Other works[edit]

  • Nihon Katchu Seisakuben, a Japanese armor manual
  • The Estates of Heian Nobility (essay)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: Anthony J. 'Tony' Bryant, Franklin". Daily Journal. Franklin, Indiana. Dec 28, 2013. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Iwaya No Sōshi: A Translation and Commentary
  3. ^ "Pen & Paper listing for Anthony J. Bryant". Archived from the original on May 19, 2007. 

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