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Ogino Makoto ‰¬–μ^

[born: 1959, Gifu-prefecture ; bloodtype: ?]

Ogino brought a detailed knowledge of occultism to Kujaku-Oh, his debut manga, which sparked a second boom in occult manga. However, his later work doesn't begin to compare with Kujaku-Oh in terms of depth or excitement. Ogino has also done some video game character designs.

For Kujaku-Ou he received the Grand Prize in the 12st Young Jump Youth Manga Awards in 1985. The serialization of the same series started in the same year.



Kujaku-Ou [Peacock King]
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serialized on Young Jump, 1986-89
17 volumes @ Y460
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bunko 11 volumes @ Y?
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Kujaku is a Buddhist monk who belongs to Ura-Kouya, a secret organization within the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, the sole purpose of which is to destroy demons/monsters. Kujaku was born with the power of Kujaku-Myouou (Mayuri Vidya-raja, also referred to as Lucifer in some occult books) which he uses to fight the forces of evil.

The world of Kujaku-Oh is filled with religions, mythology, gods, demons, monsters, and powerful sorcerers/priests. If you like this kind of stuff, Kujaku-Oh will fill all your needs. However, good knowledge of religion/mythology is required for full enjoyment of this manga.

Four large-format "Special Choice" reprints were released in 1993, which included some stories not in the existing volumes.


ALGO!
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serialized on Young Jump, 1990-91
3 volumes @ Y460
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All the cliches of Kujaku-Oh, with none of the good points, in a cyberpunk-like setting. Ogino's art became more stylised while he was working on this manga.


Kujaku-Ou Taimaseiden
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serialized on Young Jump, 1991-93
11 volumes @ Y500
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A loose continuation of Kujaku-Oh. Taimaseiden started with the demon-hunt stories that characterised early Kujaku-Oh before it became an epic saga, but it also eventually became an epic saga. There are major continuity conflicts with the original Kujaku-Oh; for example, Kujaku supposedly lost his power when he and his twin sister (the Beast, 666) neutralized each other at the end of Kujaku-Oh, but he again used the power of Kujaku-Oh in volume 3 of Taimaseiden.


Mao
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serialized on Young Jump, 1992
1 volume @ Y?
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Mao is the name Kuukai (the founder of Shingon Sect and Mt. Kouya) used when he was young. Enraged by corrupt nobles and society, Mao quits college and becomes a Robin Hood-type rebel, but got captured by a general named Sakunoueno Tamuramaro. While being tortured, he's visted by a mysterious bodhisattva who gave a revelation regarding the "True Path". After the encounter, Mao sets out on a journey to find the one who can be his mentor. The manga adds lots of Ogino's creative imagination to the historical facts. (This is more or less Ogino's only decent post-Kujaku-Oh work, but it hasn't been published as a tankoubon yet.)


Yasha Garasu
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serialized on seinen Jump (formerly Young Jump), 1993-present
10 volumes @ Y500
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Another story revolving around a supernatural troubleshooter, Nachi Takeru, whose powers are based on Shinto traditions. The pilot episode was promising (included as appendix to vol.1), but it rapidly went downhill.


Chairudo
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serialized on Young Jump,
7 volumes @ Y530
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Stories about the "chairudo". The title of the series is written with kanji which mean "small-kind-people", but Ogino gives them unusual readings so that it becomes a clever pun for "child".

Chairudo are childlike people (even when they have become adults) with each an exceptional supernatural gift, a power. Some are "firestarters" for example. The main character, Hinagata Heiji, looks like a looser, but looks are deceptive. He has the uncanny ability to bring to life every inanimate object by bringing the object in touch with his blood. He wanders around, enlisting himself in a school from time to time (after all, he looks like a child). But every "chairudo" has got its own territory and conflicts between them, especially about the females, are numerous.

Chairudo is a catching story, the first volumes being episode-like, as Hinagata encounters several people from his kind. But after a couple of volumes, a storyline begins to develop and Chairudo becomes more of a conflict between several species of "humanlike" beings. We encounter the "Adaruto" (a pun on adult) who are the archenemies of the Chairudo and later on, another species of undead humanlike beings are introduced.

The series contains a LOT of horror and is not for the faint-hearted people. But it does also contain a lot of humor. The story is quite good and together with the now very stylised and beautiful artwork of Ogino, Chairudo becomes a likeable and recommended series (that is, for those who can stomach the horror of course). {PVH}

See also:
<http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Spa/4064/ogino_makoto_chairudo11.html>


The Gun Spirit
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serialized on Young Jump,
8 volumes @ Y505
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Japan -- a country without guns. Even the police carry phonies. What would happen if firearms and terrorists invade the country? And what exactly are the roles that guns, the portable murder weapons, play in our lives? Isamu Matoba, the gun-hater and gun-genius, fights against the freakish murderer who's on an attack in Japan. {021}

Ogino's style is pretty raw and hard, with plenty of sex and violence mix in, this one is no exception, the one major difference from previous works is this one does not seems to be concern with supernatural demon stuffs. This book deals with weird killer assassins and guns mainly, Our main character is one with a mysteries past and almost with super ability in working with guns, thus the name gun spirit. In fact, his body is like a gun, and people are working to gain control of this super weapon, I won't say there is any artistic value in Ogino's artwork or story, but like junk food it does the job by fill you up and help you pass the time, and it does that very well. Kujaku-Oh is still the definite answer of what an Eastern mysticism occult manga is. If you can handle R rated stuffs you should have no problem with Ogino's works.


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