Ninku by Koji Kiriyama
Ninku

Kôji Kiriyama is a Tokyo-based Japanese manga artist, also known as Hikari Kiriyama Samurai. He made his debut in Weekly Young Magazine in 1989, and then published his baseball cartoon 'Sengoku Koshien - Kyuinushi Densetsu' in Weekly Shonen Sunday. He is best-known as the creator of the 'Ninku' series, that ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shônen Jump magazine between 1993 and 1995. It was also adapted into an anime series and film. A sequel called 'Ninku Second Stage: Stories of Etonins' ran from 2005 to 2011 in the seinen magazine Ultra Jump. His works inspired artists such as Masashi Kishimoto of 'Naruto' fame, and Hiroyuki Takei, who was his assistant in the 1990s.

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