Futaro Yamada (山田 風太郎 Yamada Fūtarō?, January 4, 1922 – July 28, 2001) was the pen name of Seiya Yamada (山田 誠也 Yamada Seiya?), a Japanese author. He was born in Yabu, Hyogo. In 1947, he wrote a mystery short story Daruma-tōge no Jiken (達磨峠の事件?, lit. "The Incident on Dharma Pass") and was awarded a prize by the magazine Houseki (宝石?). He was discovered by Edogawa Rampo and became a novelist. He wrote many ninja (忍法帖 Ninpōchō series) and mystery stories. Many of his works have been adapted for film, TV, manga, and anime.
Works in English translation
- "The Yellow Lodger" (original title: Kiiroi Geshukunin), translation Damian Flanagan (The Tower of London: Tales of Victorian London, Peter Owen, 2005) – A Sherlock Holmes pastiche
- 1949, the 2nd Detective Story Writers' Club Award
- 1997, the 45th Kikuchi Kan Prize
- 2000, the 4th Japan Mystery Award
- 2004, the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga for Basilisk, the manga adaptation of The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
Ninja stories ("Ninpōchō" series)
- The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (甲賀忍法帖 Kōga Ninpōchō?, 1959) - adapted to film in 2005.
- Edo Ninpōchō (江戸忍法帖?, 1960) - adapted to film in 1963, and as a TV series in 1966.
- Gunkan Ninpōchō (軍艦忍法帖?, 1961)
- Kunoichi Ninpōchō (くノ一忍法帖?, 1961) - adapted to film twice in 1964 and 1991.
- Gedō Ninpōchō (外道忍法帖?, 1962) - adapted to film twice in 1964 and 1992.
- Ninja Tsukikageshō (忍者月影抄?, 1962) - adapted to film in 1963, 1996, and 2011.
- Ninpō Chūshingura (忍法忠臣蔵?, 1962) - adapted to film in 1965, 1983 (TV), and 1994.
- Iga Ninpōchō (伊賀忍法帖?, 1964) - adapted to film in 1982 and to manga in 2004.
- Ninpō Hakkenden (忍法八犬伝?, 1964)
- Fūrai Ninpōchō (風来忍法帖?, 1964) - adapted to film in 1965 and 1968.
- Yagyū Ninpōchō (柳生忍法帖?, 1964) Yagyū Jūbei Trilogy #1 - adapted to film in 1998 and to manga in 2005.
- Ninpō Sōden 73 (忍法相伝73?, 1965) - adapted to film in 1969.
- Jiraiya Ninpōchō (自来也忍法帖?, 1965) - adapted to film in 1995.
- Maten Ninpōchō (魔天忍法帖?, 1965)
- Shingen Ninpōchō (信玄忍法帖?, 1967)
- Makai Tenshō (魔界転生?, 1967) Yagyū Jūbei Trilogy #2 - adapted to film in 1981, 1996, 1998 (anime), and 2003.
- Shinobi no Manji (忍びの卍?, 1967) - adapted to film in 1968.
- Ninpō Kenshiden (忍法剣士伝?, 1968)
- Ginga Ninpōchō (銀河忍法帖?, 1968)
- Higisho Sōdatsu (秘戯書争奪?, 1968) - adapted to film in 1993.
- Ninpō Fūin Ima Yaburu (忍法封印いま破る?, 1969)
- Ninja Kokubyaku Zōshi (忍者黒白草紙?, 1969)
- Ninpō Sōtō no Washi (忍法双頭の鷲?, 1969)
- Uminari Ninpōchō (海鳴り忍法帖?, 1971)
- Ganchū no Akuma (眼中の悪魔?, 1948)
- Kyozō Inraku (虚像淫楽?, 1948) - adapted to manga in 1978.
- Akuryō no Mure (悪霊の群?, 1955) with Akimitsu Takagi - adapted to film in 1956.
- Jūsankaku Kankei (十三角関係?, 1956)
- Idaten Hyakuri (いだ天百里?, 1957) - adapted to manga in 2006.
- Onna Rō Hishō (おんな牢秘抄?, 1960) - adapted to film in 1995 and to manga in 2006.
- Kan no Naka no Etsuraku (棺の中の悦楽?, 1962) - adapted to film in 1965.
- Taiyō Kokuten (太陽黒点?, 1963)
- Keishichō Sōshi (警視庁草紙?, 1975) - adapted to TV series in 2001.
- Gentō Tsujibasha (幻燈辻馬車?, 1976)
- Basara (婆沙羅?, 1990)
- Yagyū Jūbei Shisu (柳生十兵衛死す?, 1992) Yagyū Jūbei Trilogy #3 - adapted to manga in 2000.
- Richie, Donald (February 6, 2005). "The attractive helplessness of a reluctant foreigner". Japan Times. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- "Shinobi: Heart Under Blade". (January 2007) Newtype USA. Volume 6, Number 1, page 23.
- Futarou Yamada Museum (Japanese)
- Permanent display in the Hyogo Net Museum of Literature (Japanese)
- Futaro Yamada at J'Lit Books from Japan (English)
- Synopsis of The Story of the Eight Dog Warriors (Hakkenden) at JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project) (English)
- The War Generation's Genius - comic about Futaro Yamada's early life
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