Kazue Kato

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Kazue Kato
Born (1980-07-20) July 20, 1980 (age 43)
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Blue Exorcist

Kazue Kato (Japanese: 加藤和恵, Hepburn: Katō Kazue, born July 20, 1980) is a Japanese manga artist. She debuted in 2000 with a one-shot in Akamaru Jump before publishing a full series in Monthly Shōnen Sirius. Following that series completion, she launched Blue Exorcist in Jump Square.


Kazue Kato was born on July 20, 1980, in Tokyo.[1][2] She has two younger siblings, a brother and a sister.[3] In high school, she had aspirations to be an animator. However, her dad did not feel she was serious enough about it, so he sent her to college.[3] However, she left college and decided to become a manga artist instead.[3] After publishing several one-shots, she made her first full series, Robo to Usakichi. It was serialized in Monthly Shōnen Sirius from 2005 to 2007.[2]

Following Robo to Usakichi's completion, she was approached by the editorial department of Jump Square to serialize a manga in the magazine.[3] She eventually developed Blue Exorcist, which started serialization in Jump Square on April 4, 2009.[4] The seventh volume of the series had an initial print run of one million copies; the series was the first manga in Jump Square to achieve such a feat.[5] In the first half of 2017, the series was the eleventh best selling manga in Japan.[6] The series has also been given numerous adaptations, including an anime series that ran for two seasons[7][8] and a film.[9]

In 2020, she did the character designs for the Godzilla Singular Point television series.[10] In July 2021, she announced Blue Exorcist would be put on hiatus so she could launch a manga adaptation of Fuyumi Ono's Eizen Karukaya Kaiitan novel series.[11]


Kato has mentioned that the various authors and stories from the shōjo manga magazine Ribon were one of her early influences that motivated her to begin her career as a manga artist. She also mentioned Gosho Aoyama's Yaiba and the works of Katsuhiro Otomo.[12] Kato has cited Kentaro Miura's Berserk as a major influence over her work, specifically the relationship between Guts, Griffith, and Casca.[13]





  1. ^ "プロフィール" (in Japanese). Kazue Kato's official website. Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "加藤和恵". Comic Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Aoki, Deb (July 22, 2016). "Interview: Blue Exorcist Mangaka Kazue Kato". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Loo, Egan (February 9, 2009). "Trigun's Nightow to End Kekkai Sensen Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Loo, Egan (September 1, 2011). "Blue Exorcist Manga #7 Gets 1-Mllion-Copy Print Run". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  6. ^ Loo, Egan (June 1, 2017). "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2017 (First Half)". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  7. ^ Loo, Egan (November 27, 2010). "Blue Exorcist Manga Gets TV Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 30, 2016). "Blue Exorcist Manga Gets New TV Anime Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  9. ^ Loo, Egan (September 30, 2011). "Blue Exorcist/Ao no Exorcist Anime Film Green-Lit". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Loo, Egan (October 6, 2020). "Godzilla Anime Series Heads to Netflix From Bones, Orange". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 2, 2021). "Blue Exorcist Manga Goes on Hiatus Until April, as Kazue Katō Draws Manga of Twelve Kingdoms Author's Horror Novel". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  12. ^ "Interview: Kazue Kato". Manga News (in French). November 18, 2010. Archived from the original on June 25, 2022. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  13. ^ 映画「ベルセルク 黄金時代篇II ドルドレイ攻略」-ストーリーガイド、加藤和恵インタビュー [Movie "Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey" Story Guide, Kazue Kato interview]. Comic Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. June 18, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2021.

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