Nagai Gou 永井豪

[born: 6 Sep 1945, Ishikawa-prefecture, Wajima; bloodtype: ?]

He was inspired to become a mangaka after his brother gave him a copy of "Lost World" by Osamu Tezuka. He studied well in college but failed his university entrance exams, after that he fell terribly ill. During that time he created a work "Kuro no Shishi" (black lion) that drew the attention of Ishimori Shoutarou. Nagai became an assistant to Ishimori Shoutarou at the age of 20.

In his heyday, in the early 70s, this veteran artist was responsible for pushing the boundaries of manga productivity and good taste. Even 20 years later, he was still quite active (including reprints, 54 works were released between 1990 and 1992). Most of his manga contain strong doses of trashy sex and violence. His debut work was "Maekashi Porikichi" serialized on Bokura in 1967.

Ishikawa Ken is a protege of Nagai's. His art and style is quite similar, except for the noticeable lack of H material. He was Nagai's assistant on many projects before going on creating manga for his own.

Harenchi Gakuen [Infamy Campus]
serialized on Shounen Jump, 1968-70
bunko 12 volumes @ Y?
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This title was publicly burnt by some parents' groups. (As a result of this harassment, he wrote Abashiri Ikka. This can be found in Nagai Gou Manga Taizenshuu volume 2.)


serialized on Shounen Magazine, 1972
5 volumes @ Y?
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wide-ban 5 volumes @ Y980
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serialized on Akita Shoten Sunday,
2 volumes @ Y290
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After many years, demons (Nagai calls them daemons) are awakening. Fudo Akira is convinced by his best friend to participate in an occult ritual which would allow the merging of a daemon with himself, giving him the powers of a daemon but the mind of a human being. Various battles ensue as daemons try to destroy mankind. Shin Devilman is the 'further adventures' of Fudo Akira.



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Mazinger Z
written by 桜多吾
serialized on Shounen Magazine, 1972
5 volumes @ Y?
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serialized on Akita Shoten Sunday,
6 volumes @ Y290
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wide-ban 3 volumes @ Y?
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bunko 4 volumes @ Y560
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The original "giant robot" classic, which was translated into several different languages (The idea came to him one day while he was stuck in a traffic jam). The anime-series is known in America to fans as "Tranzor Z".
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Cutey Honey
serialized on Shounen Champion, 1973-74
2 volumes @ Y350
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bunko 2 volumes @ Y524
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aizouban 1 volume @ Y1100
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Cutey is an android girl whose big ability is to change costumes, each of which has different powers. She fights a whole series of super villianesses lead by this one arch-villainess, who she fights at the end of the series (does this sound familiar?). The manga is definitely violent, sexy, and pretty outrageous in parts. The anime is toned down substantially. (Apparently, this is still running somewhere, but it's proven hard to track down.)

It is interesting to note that the tv-anime was originally targeted at a young girl audience being a magical girl anime, but "Miracle Girl Limit- chan" got the timeslot instead, and so it was replanned into a shounen anime. Though it's still a magical girl series, it's not a shoujo anime series. Before the replanning, the manga was scheduled to run in Ribon, but after that it moved to Shounen Champion.

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Cutie Honey
serialized on SPA!, 1992-93
bunko 2 volumes @ Y485
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Cutey Honey's second incarnation, originally titled "Q-tey Honey". This time the setting isn't a school and its surroundings but the big city and Cutey Honey has to get on with opponents like the infamous bare-breasted Kekkou Kamen and so on. More nudity, more sex, more violence, and even sicker than the original series was - I mean, *where* could a naked female wrestler possibly hide a screwdriver with which she's going to kill her opponent?! {DHI}



Shuten Douji
published by Koudansha, 1980
wide-ban 6 volumes @ Y980
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It's about a baby who was brought to our world by an oni (ogre). A childless couple, who happened to be praying at a shrine for a child, take the baby from the oni and adopt him. When he reaches highschool, he begins to have doubts about whether he is human or oni. There always seems to be a mysterious force helping him, perhaps an invisible oni. Soon, a mysterious cult of oni worshippers target him because they believe he is the incarnation of Shuten Douji who, in their hierarchy of gods, is the lightbringer or disrupter of darkness. Lots of battles, graphic violence, mysticism, tying in with folklore, eventual time travel, dimensional travel, and very interesting plot twists.

Violence Jack
serialized on Shounen Magazine, 1973-77
wide-ban 7 volumes @ Y1100
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No Synopsis.

New Violence Jack
published by Manga Goraku, 1983
1 volume @ Y1100
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An earthquake causes the Kantou plain to detach from the Japanese mainland (Honshuu). As those who are left struggle to survive, a gigantic hero known as 'Violence Jack' appears.

Hanappe Bazooka
serialized on Young Jump, 1985
5 volumes @ Y600
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Hannape's life is interrupted by two demons. One is this green cloaked male being with a bazooka. The other is a female furry being with a tail, which projects her magic. Among the things that occur is that Hannape is cursed with his index finger resembling a sexual organ and any time it is pointed at a female (humanoids at least), they become sexually aroused. As you might guess, it gets fairly extreme. It is amazing that despite the fact that he has not really changed his drawing style that much, he still manages to convey a sense of sexual voyeurism. At first, he didn't want to do that aspect of it, but meeting the author (Koike Kazuo) changed his mind. The anime is tame by comparison, but still funny.


Mazin Saga
serialized on Young Jump and Bears Club, 1991-92
3 volumes @ Y1200
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Sequel to Mazinger Z - Earth is destroyed, Mars is invaded.

serialized on Young Jump, 1994
2 volumes @ Y500
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SF/beast-people in LA. The usual outrageous stuff.

Super Saiyuuki
published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1991
1 volume @ Y900
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Nagai's version of Wu Cheng-En's Chinese classic Journey to the West (known in Japanese as Saiyuuki), which concerns the many and varied exploits of Monkey, 'Great Sage, Equal of Heaven'.

Maou Dante [Evil King Dante]
published by Chuuoukouronsha,
bunko 3 volumes @ Y260
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1 volume @ Y1350
bunko 3 volumes @ Y583
This is a story about a young man who finds a giant monster in the alps and is killed/eaten by the monster, and now his conscience survives inside the monster (i.e. He is now the monster itself) without being able to control its destructive actions.

Kekkou Kamen
published by Shuueisha, 1993
3 volumes @ Y600
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No Synopsis.

Great Mazinger
written by 桜多吾
serialized on Shounen Magazine
2 volumes @ Y?
serialized on Akita Shoten Sunday,
4 volumes @ Y350
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wide-ban 2 volumes @ Y?
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Continuation of Mazinger Z.

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Getta Robo G [Starvengers]
written by Ishikawa Ken 石川賢
serialized on Akita Shoten Sunday,
3 volumes @ Y350
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The anime was part of the Force Five program.

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UFO Robo Grandizer [Goldorak]
written by 桜多吾
serialized on Akita Shoten Sunday,
3 volumes @ Y350
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2 volumes @ Y?
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Evil aliens invade a kingdom on a faraway planet. The prince has to run away in his ship. He runs to earth where he finds refuge and is adopted by a scientist. Together they make a stand against the aliens and with his ship (actually a giant robot and a docking ship) he fends off attack after attack. The anime of this was rather popular, as well in some foreign countries like France. This is maybe one of the few anime of which a foreign adaptation (the French one) is better than the original. The English version of the anime was part of the Force Five program.

See also:


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Nagai Gou Manga Taizenshuu
published by Tairiku Shobo, 1987
3 volumes @ Y1200
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No Synopsis.

Susa-no-O Densetsu
published by Kadokawa Shoten, 1985-88
7 volumes @ Y630
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Nagai received the Koudansha Manga Taisho Award in 1980 for this work.

Nagai Gou Jisenshuu
published by Asahi Sonorama, 1992
1 volume @ Y1400
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No Synopsis.

Dokura no tachi
published by Nihon Bungeisha, 1995
1 volume @ Y980
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No Synopsis.

Koutetsu Jeeg
serialized on Shounen Magazine,
2 volumes @ Y?
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No Synopsis.

Dororon Enma-kun
serialized on Comic Mate,
3 volumes @ Y350
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wide-ban 2 volumes @ Y?
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bunko 2 volumes @ Y563
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No Synopsis.

Abashiri Ikka [The Abashiri Family]
serialized on Shounen Champion,
15 volumes @ Y340
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bunko 8 volumes @ Y?
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No Synopsis.

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