Masamune Shirow

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Masamune Shirow
士郎 正宗
Born Masanori Ota
(1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 55)
Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Manga artist
Pseudonym(s) Masamune Shirow
Notable works
Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell
Awards Seiun Award (for Appleseed)

Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗 Shirō Masamune?, born November 23, 1961) is the pen name[1] of Japanese manga artist Masanori Ota.[citation needed] The pen name is derived from the legendary sword-smith Masamune. Shirow is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime television series, an anime television movie, an anime OVA series, and several video games. Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.


Born in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts. While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic, which was published in the manga fanzine Atlas. His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him.

The result was best-selling[2] manga Appleseed, a full volume of densely plotted drama taking place in an ambiguous future. The story was a sensation, and won the 1986 Seiun Award for Best Manga. After a professional reprint of Black Magic and a second volume of Appleseed, he released Dominion in 1986. Two more volumes of Appleseed followed before he began work on Ghost in the Shell.

In 2007, he collaborated again with Production I.G to co-create the original concept for the anime television series Shinreigari/Ghost Hound, Production I.G's 20th year anniversary project. A further original collaboration with Production I.G began airing in April 2008, titled Real Drive.



Art books[edit]

A substantial amount of Shirow's work has been released in art book or poster book format. The following is an incomplete list.

  • Intron Depot 1 (1992) (science fiction–themed color illustration art book collecting his work from 1981 to 1991)
  • Intron Depot 2: Blades (1998) (fantasy-themed color illustration art book featuring female characters with armor and edged weapons)
  • Cybergirls Portfolio (2000)
  • Intron Depot 3: Ballistics (2003) (military-themed color illustration and CG art book featuring female characters with guns)
  • Intron Depot 4: Bullets (2004) (color illustration art book collecting his work between 1995 and 1999)
  • Intron Depot 5: Battalion (2012) (game & animation artwork covering the period 2001–2009)
  • Intron Depot 6: Barb Wire 01 (2013) (illustrations for novels 2007–2010)
  • Intron Depot 7: Barb Wire 02 (2013) (illustrations for novels 2007–2010)
  • Kokin Toguihime Zowshi Shu (2009)
  • Pieces 1 (2009) - Premium Gallery
  • Pieces 2 (2010) - Phantom Cats
  • Pieces 3 (2010) - Wild Wet Quest
  • Pieces 4 (2010) - Hell Hound 01
  • Pieces 5 (2011) - Hell Hound 02
  • Pieces 6 (2011) - Hell Cat
  • Pieces 7 (2011) - Hell Hound 01 & 02
  • Pieces 8 (2012) - Wild Wet West
  • Pieces 9 (2012) - Kokon Otogizoshi Shu Hiden
  • Pieces GEM 01 (2014) - The Ghost in The Shell Data
  • Pieces GEM 02 (2015) - Neuro Hard
  • W-Tails Cat 1 (2012)
  • W-Tails Cat 2 (2013)
  • W-Tails Cat 3 (2016)
  • Greaseberries 1 (2014)
  • Greaseberries 2 (2014)


Galgrease (published in Uppers Magazine, 2002) is the collected name of several erotic manga and poster books by Shirow. The name comes from the fact that the women depicted often look "greased".

The first series of Galgrease booklets included four issues each in the following settings:

The second series included another run of 12 booklets in the following worlds:

After each regular series, there were one or more bonus poster books that revisited the existing characters and settings.

Minor works[edit]

  • "Areopagus Arther" (1980), published in ATLAS" (fanzine)
  • "Yellow Hawk" (1981), published in ATLAS" (fanzine)
  • "Colosseum Pick" (1982), published in Funya" (fanzine)
  • "Pursuit (Manga)" (1982), published in Kintalion" (fanzine)
  • "Opional Orientation" (1984), published in ATLAS" (fanzine)
  • "Battle on Mechanism" (1984), published in ATLAS" (fanzine)
  • "Metamorphosis in Amazoness" (1984), published in ATLAS" (fanzine)
  • "Arice in Jargon" (1984), published in ATLAS" (fanzine)
  • "Bike Nut" (1985), published in Dorothy" (fanzine)
  • "Gun Dancing" (1986), published in Young Magazine Kaizokuban
  • "Pile Up" (manga, two parts) (1987), published in Young Magazine Kaizokuban
  • "Colosseum Pick" (1990), published in Comic Fusion Atpas" (fanzine)
  • Neuro Hard - The planet of a bee (two parts in 1992, four in 1993, four in 1994), published in Comic Dragon

Main source:[3]


  • Design of the MAPP1-SM mouse series[4] (2002, commissioned by Elecom)





Video games[edit]


PC Engine[edit]

Super Famicom[edit]

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Microsoft Windows[edit]


  1. ^ MSHD: About Masamune Shirow
  2. ^ McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 42. — 528 p. — ISBN 978-0061474507
  3. ^ shirowledge
  4. ^ MAPP1-SM mouse series
  5. ^ "Pandora in the Crimson Shell Manga Gets Event Anime in December". Anime News Network. October 23, 2015. 

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