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Kojiro of the Fuma Clan
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Cover of the first manga volume
風魔の小次郎
Genre Fantasy, Martial arts
Manga
Written by Masami Kurumada
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run January 1982December 1983
Volumes 10
Original video animation
Directed by Hidehito Ueda
Produced by Nagateru Kato (eps. 1−12)
Yasuhisa Kazama (eps. 1−6)
Yumiko Masujima (eps. 7−13)
Written by Takao Koyama
Music by Toshiro Imaizumi
Studio Animate Film & J.C. Staff
Released June 1, 1989November 21, 1992
Runtime 30 minutes (each)
50 minutes (last episode)
Episodes 13
Manga
Yagyu's Murder Book
Written by Masami Kurumada
Illustrated by Satoshi Yuri
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Champion Red
Original run November 2003July 2006
Volumes 3
Television drama
Directed by Toshihiko Ōoka
Ryūichi Ichino
Written by Takashi Ito
Megumu Sasano
Music by Kōichirō Kameyama
Studio General Entertainment
Original network Tokyo Metropolitan Television
Original run October 3, 2007December 26, 2007
Episodes 13
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Kojiro of the Fuma Clan (Japanese: 風魔の小次郎?, Hepburn: Fūma no Kojirō) is a manga series by Japanese author Masami Kurumada, later adapted to anime. It tells the story of sword legends and rivalry between ninja clans. The main character Kojiro is a young boy who is a member of the Fuma clan. On June 1, 1989, an OVA was released featuring animation character designs by Michi Himeno and Shingo Araki.

All episodes of the Kojiro of the Fuma Clan anime have come out in Japan in VHS and DVD format. Anime OVA of Kojiro of the Fuma Clan was also distributed in Europe, China and Latin America. In 2003, Masami Kurumada authored an additional short story titled Yagyu's Murder Book (柳生暗殺帖?, Yagyū Ansatsuchō). The story was illustrated by artist Satoshi Yuri, who imitated Kurumada's drawing style for consistency with the already published volumes of the original manga.

On October 3, 2007, a tokusatsu drama adaptation began airing on Tokyo Metropolitan Television starring Ryouta Murai in the lead role of Kojiro. The opening theme was "Ryūsei Rocket" performed by An Cafe and the ending theme was "Eien no Setsuna" (永遠の刹那?, lit. Eternal Moment) performed by On/Off.

Plot[edit]

Hakuo Academy used to be a prestigious high school, and famous for martial arts. However, because its rival school Seishikan has been cowardly luring its superior students, Hakuo was going to decline. In order to recover from the situation, the acting principal of Hakuo; Himeko Hojo, sends Ranko Yagyu to the Fuma village in search of the famous Fuma ninja clan for assistance. The leader of the Fuma sent Kojiro to Hakuo, there he faces the notorious Yasha clan who fights for Seishikan led by Musashi Asuka. Kojiro's comrades arrive, resuming an all-out ninja war that began five centuries ago.

Kojiro with his friends, will fight in the "war of the sacred swords", for the conquest of the ten swords that give the power to rule over the whole world.

Characters[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Fuma Clan[edit]

Kojiro (小次郎?, Kojirō)
Ryoma (竜魔?, Ryōma)
Kirikaze (霧風?)
Ryuho (劉鵬?, Ryūhō)
Kou (項羽?, Kōu)
Shoryu (小龍?, Shōryū)
Rinpyo (琳彪?, Rinpyō)
Kabutomaru (兜丸?)
Reira (麗羅?)
Fuma Leader
Komomo (小桃?)

Hakuo Academy[edit]

Fūma no Kojirō - Yagyū Ansatsuchō compilation cover art
Ranko Yagyu (柳生 蘭子?, Yagyū Ranko)
Himeko Hojo (北条 姫子?, Hōjō Himeko)

Seishikan[edit]

Musashi Asuka (飛鳥 武蔵?, Asuka Musashi)
Erina Asuka (飛鳥 絵里菜?, Asuka Erina)
Musashi's younger sister.

Yasha Clan[edit]

Kosuke Mibu (壬生 攻介?, Mibu Kōsuke)
Mizukage (水影?), Yamikage (闇影?), & Tsukikage (月影?)
Princess Yasha (夜叉姫?, Yasha-hime)
Maya (魔矢?)

8 Yasha Generals[edit]

Byakko (白虎?, "White Tiger")
Shiranui (不知火?, "Mysterious Sea Light")
Shien (紫炎?, "Purple Flame")
Raiden (雷電?, "Thunder Lightning")
Anki (闇鬼?, "Darkness Demon")
Kurojishi (黒獅子?, "Black Lion")
Yosui (妖水?, Yōsui, "Magic Water")
Kagero (陽炎?, Kagerō, "Shining Flame")

Part 2[edit]

Cosmo Warriors[edit]

Shiguma (死牙馬?)
Soshi Date (伊達 総司?, Date Sōshi)

Chaos Warriors[edit]

Emperor Chaos (華悪崇皇帝?, Kaosu-kōtei)
Nero (涅絽?, Nerō)
Oz (雄皇?, Ozu)
Jackal (邪火麗?, Jakkaru)
Shura (朱羅?)

Others[edit]

Witch of the White Mountain
Lhasa (羅沙亜?, Rasha)
Sion (紫苑?, Shion)
Arthur (亜沙悪?, Āsā)
David (堕毘穪?, Dabide)
Cruz Ryuoin (龍王院 狂須?, Ryūōin Kurusu)

Part 3[edit]

The Old Fuma Clan[edit]

Juzo (十蔵?, Jūzō)
Majin (魔仁?)
Enrai (炎雷?)

The New Fuma Clan[edit]

Raien (雷炎?)
Muma (夢魔?)
Raizo (雷蔵?, Raizō)
Simon (死紋?, Shimon)

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