Karasu Tengu Kabuto

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Karasu Tengu Kabuto
Karasu Tengu Kabuto.jpg
Cover of volume 2 of the manga Karasu Tengu Kabuto
Written byBuichi Terasawa
Published byShueisha
MagazineFresh Jump
Original run19871988
Anime television series
Directed byGen Fukuda
Takashi Watanabe
Written byHideki Mitsui
StudioTerasawa Production
Original networkNHK
Original run 1990-07-29 1991-06-30
Original video animation
Raven Tengu Kabuto: The Golden-Eyed Beast
Directed byBuichi Terasawa
Licensed byUS Renditions (defunct)
ReleasedJune 24, 1992
Runtime45 minutes
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Karasu Tengu Kabuto (鴉天狗カブト, lit. "Crow Goblin Kabuto") is a manga and anime series, created by Buichi Terasawa in 1987.


Those who have the blood of the Karasu Tengu (Crow Goblin) in their veins must forever fight against the powers of darkness. Along with four other holy ninja warriors Genbu (Black Snaky Tortoise), Suzaku (Red Phoenix), Seiryu (Blue Dragon), Byakko (White Tiger), Karasu Tengu Kabuto fights against the evil god Kuroyasha (Black Night Demon) Dôki and his underlings such as Junin-shu (Top Ten Warriors). Their battle continues through generations: in the second volume of the manga, Kabuto's son makes an appearance as the second Karasu Tengu.

The manga has been serialized in Shueisha's Fresh Jump in 1987-1988, and later published in the United States by ComicsOne (as Kabuto in 2001),[1] in France by Taifu Comics, in the Republic of China by Tong Li Publishing and in Spain by Otakuland.


The manga was later adapted into the 39-episode anime series written by Hideki Mitsui and directed by Gen Fukuda and Takashi Watanabe (animation director Satoshi Urushihara) in 1990-1991, premiering on NHK BS-2 on July 29, 1990. There were also six special episodes.

The anime was broadcast as Ninja Kabuto by Telecinco in Spain and Canal 5 in Mexico. Its unofficial English titles include Crow Demon Kabuto, Raven Goblin Kabuto and Raven Tengu Kabuto. In Indonesia, it was broadcast by TVRI.

OVA film[edit]

An OVA film, Raven Tengu Kabuto: The Golden-Eyed Beast (鴉天狗カブト 黄金の目のケモノ, Karasu Tengu Kabuto: Ôgon no me no Kemono), was also created by Buichi Terasawa in 1992 (animation director Hisashi Hirai). It was released in the U.S. on VHS as Kabuto the Golden Eye Monster by US Renditions in 1992.[2]

TV series cast[edit]

Theme songs performed by Akira Kushida (opening) and Mika Kaneko (ending).


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