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Ippei Kuri (九里一平, Kuri Ippei, born January 1, 1940 in Kyoto, Japan), real name Toyoharu Yoshida (吉田豊治, Yoshida Toyoharu), is a Japanese manga artist and the third president of animation production company Tatsunoko Pro.

Ippei Kuri
Native name
Toyoharu Yoshida

(1940-01-01) January 1, 1940 (age 79)
Notable work
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman


Ippei Kuri was born Toyoharu Yoshida on January 1, 1940 in Kyoto, Japan. As a child, he read comics such as Superman that were discarded by American troops stationed in Japan during the Allied occupation following World War II. Kuri stated he wanted to make a manga like that when he grew up. This had an influence on his manga and anime character design style.[1] He attended Kyoto Municipal Rakuyō High School (now Kyoto Municipal Rakuyō Technical High School), but left in 1958 before graduating in order to join his older brother Kenji in Tokyo to work as a manga artist.[2]

He worked as an assistant for his older brother Tatsuo, who was already a successful illustrator and manga artist. Kuri made his manga debut in 1959 with Abare Tengu (あばれ天狗, lit. Raging Crow Goblin), published as an akahon and in the Japanese magazine Z-Boy from Shueisha. From 1960-1961, Kuri worked on Mach Sanshirō (マッハ三四郎, Mahha Sanshirō) with creator Minoru Kume. In 1962, Kuri co-founded the animation production company Tatsunoko Productions with his brothers Kenji and Tatsuo. Since then, he has worked in many different roles, including as an animation producer, in planning and design, and as a director.

Kuri was appointed the managing director of Tatsunoko Pro subsidiary Anime Friend in 1977. In 1987, due to the retirement of his brother Kenji, Kuri became the president of Tatsunoko Pro. Anime Friend was dissolved in 1990. Tatsunoko Pro became a subsidiary of the major toy manufacturer Takara on July 1, 2005, and Kuri stepped down as president at that time. The Yoshida brothers' involvement in the company has since been very limited.

At the 10th Animation Kobe event in October 2005, Kuri was awarded the special award for lifetime contributions to anime as a general producer at Tatsunoko Pro.[3] Kuri is currently a guest professor at the Kyoto University of Arts and Crafts.[4]


Listed in chronological order.


  • Mach Sanshirō (マッハ三四郎, Mahha Sanshirō) with Minoru Kume (1960-1961)
  • Heaven's Oath (大空のちかい, Ōzora no Chikai) (1962-1964, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Shueisha)
  • Judo Boy (writer, 1961-1962, Shōnen Book, Shueisha)
  • Bullet Boy (弾丸児, Danganji) (1967-1968, Weekly Shonen Sunday, Shueisha)
  • Judo Boy (writer, 1968-1969, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shueisha)
  • Fighter Ken (ファイター健, Faitā Ken)
  • Oath of Allah (アラーの誓い, Arā no Chikai)
  • Submariner 8823 (海底人8823, Kaiteijin Hayabusa)
  • Underwater Boys' Team (海洋少年隊, Kaiyō Shōnentai)
  • Messenger of Allah (Bōken-Ō, Akita Shoten)
  • Concentrated Darkness: Tsubanari Kenshirō, Ghost Killer (暗闇同心 鍔鳴剣屍郎 怨霊斬り, Kurayami Dōshin Tsubanari Kenshirō Onryōkiri)



  • Kyoto Nights, Yesterday's Memories: The Me from Those Days Is Beckoning (京の夢、明日の思い出—あの頃のぼくに招かれて, Kyo no Yoru, Ashita no Omoide - Anokoro no Boku ni Manekarete) (November 2004, Kodansha, ISBN 4062126508)


  1. ^ "Dōga-Oh" 動画王 [Animation King]. Kinema Junpo (in Japanese). Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan: Kinema Junposha KK. 7: 76–94. 1998.
  2. ^ "GATCHAMAN! The story of Tatsuo Yoshida and his greatest creation". Comic Book Resources. 2008-05-11.
  3. ^ "Dai-Jū-Kai Animēshon Kōbe Shō" 第10回アニメーション神戸賞 [10th Animation Kobe Awards] (in Japanese). October 2, 2005. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Kyakuin Kyōju" 客員教授 [Guest Professors] (in Japanese). Kyoto University of Arts and Crafts. Retrieved November 9, 2015.

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