Mohiro Kitoh

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Mohiro Kitoh
鬼頭 莫宏
Area(s) Manga artist, character designer
Notable works
Shadow Star, Bokurano: Ours

Mohiro Kitoh (鬼頭 莫宏 Kitō Mohiro?, born August 8, 1966) is a Japanese manga artist. He created the manga Shadow Star and Bokurano: Ours, both of which were adapted into anime series.

Biography[edit]

Kitoh's first manga Wings of Vendemiaire debuted in Afternoon magazine in 1996. It consists of several short stories where mechanical puppet humanoids called Vendemaires meet and serve boys of various character and morals. Wings ran through 1998 and was published by Kodansha in 2 volumes. Kitoh's next major manga series was a horror drama called Shadow Star, also known in Japan as Narutaru, about middle-schoolers who adopt alien starfish like creatures. It ran in Afternoon from 1998 to 2003, and was adapted into an anime series in 2007.[1] Kitoh released his manga series Bokurano: Ours, about a group of children who participate in a real-life robot battle against alien invaders but whose victories cost their lives. It was serialized in Ikki magazine from 2003 to 2009 and published in 11 volumes. A one-shot spinoff, Bokurano Tokubetsu-hen was announced but not published in Ikki magazine, but rather bundled with the 11th tankobon volume.[2] It was adapted into an anime series, however the director Hiroyuki Morita made changes to the anime story with Kitoh's permission.[3] In 2010, Bokurano won an Excellence Prize in the Manga Division at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.[4] In 2011, he designed the Septentrion invader characters in the video game Devil Survivor 2,[5] which was also made into an anime. From 2009 to 2015, Kitoh worked on the manga Noririn, serialized in Kodansha's Evening magazine, about a salaryman who loses his driver's license and takes up cycling along with a road racing high school girl. It ran for 11 volumes.[6]

Works[edit]

Title Year Notes Refs[7]
Wings of Vendemiaire 1996–98 Serialized in Afternoon magazine
Published by Kodansha in 2 volumes
[8]
Shadow Star
(aka Narutaru (なるたる))
1998–2003 Serialized in Afternoon magazine
Published by Kodansha in 12 volumes
[9][10]
Sinna 1905: Tumi-kor-ot A Record of a War (辰奈1905 -トミコローツ戦記- Shinna Sen Kyū Hyaku Go Tomikorōtsu Senki?) 1999 Published in 1 volume.
Hallucination from the Womb (殻都市の夢 Kaku Toshi no Yume?) 2003–05 Published by F x Comics in 1 volume.
Bokurano: Ours 2003–09 Serialized in Ikki magazine
Published by Shogakukan in 11 volumes.
14th Media Arts Festival Award – Manga Division Excellence Prize
[3][4][10][11]
Kitō Mohiro Tanpenshū: Zansho (鬼頭莫宏短編集 残暑?) 2004 Published by Ikki Comics in 1 volume.
Mailus Exitus et Ortus (終わりと始まりのマイルス Owari to Hajimari no Mairusu?) 2006–present Published in F x Comics in 1 volume.
Bokura no: Alternative light novel 2007–08 Illustrations.
Imprinted in Gagaga Bunko
Published by Shogakukan in 5 volumes.
彼の殺人計画 (His Murder Scheme, Kare no Satsujin Keikaku) 2008 one-shot in Jump Square [12]
Nanika Mochigatte Masuka (なにかもちがってますか?) 2009–15 Published in Afternoon KC, Good Afternoon in 5 volumes
Noririn (のりりん?) 2009–15 Serialized in Kodansha's Evening magazine
Published by Kodansha in 11 volumes
[6][6][13]


Anime[edit]

Title Year Notes Refs[7]
2013 Devil Survivor 2: The Animation Septentriones characters design [5]

Video games[edit]

Title Year Notes Refs[7]
2011 Devil Survivor 2 Septentriones characters design [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Tasha. "Anime Reviews". scifi.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bokurano's Last Volume to Bundle Unpublished Spinoff". Anime News Network. December 13, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Bokurano Manga Ends in Japan's Ikki Magazine". Anime News Network. June 25, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Tatami Galaxy, Historie Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Network. December 8, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Yip, Spencer (March 23, 2011). "Devil Survivor 2 Has Many More Main Characters Than The Last Game". Siliconera. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bokurano's Kitoh to End Noririn Cycling Manga". Anime News Network. March 8, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "著者:鬼頭莫宏" [Author: Mohiro Kitoh]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ "『ヴァンデミエールの翼(2) <完>』(鬼頭莫宏):アフタヌーンKC|講談社コミックプラス". Kodansha Comics (in Japanese). Japan. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dark Horse PR". Anime News Network. December 19, 2000. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Bokurano Anime". Anime News Network. December 3, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bokurano Helmer Changes Story Due to Dislike of Manga". Anime News Network. June 14, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bokurano's Kitoh to Draw One-Shot Manga in Jump Square". Anime News Network. March 3, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bokurano's Kitoh to Launch Noririn Cycling Manga". Anime News Network. July 28, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 

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