Kamui (manga series)

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Genre Action, drama, historical
Written by Sanpei Shirato
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Garo
Original run 19641971
Volumes 21
The Legend of Kamui
Written by Sanpei Shirato
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen, Seinen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday (1965-1967)
Big Comic (1982-1987)
Original run 19651987
Volumes 20[citation needed]
Anime television series
Kamui the Ninja: Stories Other Than the Legend
Directed by Yonehiko Watanabe
Music by Ryōichi Mizutani
Studio TCJ
Original network Fuji TV
Original run April 6, 1969September 28, 1969
Episodes 26
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Kamui (カムイ) is a manga series written and drawn by Sanpei Shirato. Set in feudal Japan, it tells the story of a low-born ninja who has fled his clan. The series combines historical adventure with social commentary and themes of oppression and rebellion that reflect Shirato's Marxist convictions.


Kamui is a ninja from the Edo period who has decided to leave his clan. After doing so he is pursued relentlessly by the members of his former clan; who consider him to be a traitor and therefore wish to kill him. Kamui then wanders around Japan to escape from them by using his intelligence and great abilities to survive. In the course of the series Kamui begins to suffer from paranoia because of his status as a persecuted man. Kamui then started to believe that everybody wished to murder him and became distrusting of everyone he came across.


The original series, Kamui (カムイ), ran from December 1964 to July 1971 in the monthly gekiga magazine Garo. The sequel titled Legend of Kamui (カムイ伝, Kamui Den) ran from 1965 to 1967 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. Another Kamui title, Legend of Kamui 2 (カムイ伝2, Kamui Den Dai Ni-bu), ran from 1982 to 1987 in Big Comic.[1]

In 1987, two volumes of the second series became one of the first manga titles to be published in the United States (by Eclipse Comics and Viz Comics), as The Legend of Kamui. The Viz edition featured lettering and retouching by Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai.


The manga was adapted into an anime series Kamui the Ninja (1969) and a live-action film Kamui Gaiden (2009).

Kamui the Ninja: Stories Other Than the Legend (忍風カムイ外伝, Ninpū Kamui Gaiden) was produced by Tele-Cartoon Japan in 1969. It was broadcast in Japan from 6 April 1969 to 28 September 1969 by Fuji TV. Kamui the Ninja had 26 episodes with a running time of 22 minutes each one.


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