Cult horror mangaka Kazuichi Hanawa began his career in Garo in 1971 with 'Kan no Mushi', a tale about a destructive boy who is taken to a sadistic accupuncturist. He then focused on macabre satires on Japan's medieval aristocracy. Perversion, agression and sadomasochism are recurring themes in Hanawa's work.
In 1994, Hanawa was arrested and put in jail for possession of illegal firearms. He collected his experiences in the manga 'Doing Time', which was published in AX from 1998.