Kazuo Umezu

Kazuo Umezu or Kazuo Umezz (楳図 かずお, Umezu Kazuo, birth name 楳図一雄), (born September 3, 1936 in Kōya, Wakayama Prefecture, raised in Gojō, Nara Prefecture) is an author of Japanese horror and other manga, as well as a musician and actor.

Kazuo Umezu
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Kazuo Umezu, 2010
Born (1936-09-03) September 3, 1936 (age 85)
OccupationManga artist

He had his first book of manga published while still in high school and made manga his career immediately upon graduation. After moving to Tokyo in 1962 he developed his detailed horror manga style and has since published his comics in a broad range of genres, from horror fiction to science fiction to humour. He won the 20th Shogakukan Manga Award in 1974 for The Drifting Classroom.[1]


Title English Start End Genre
Romansu no Kusuri (ロマンスの薬) 1962
Benigumo (紅グモ) 1965 1966
Hangyojin (半魚人) 1965
Hibiware Ningen (ひびわれ人間) 1966
Hebi Onna (へび女) Reptilia 1966
Urutoraman (ウルトラマン) Ultraman 1966 1967
Nekome Kozō (猫目小僧) Cat Eyed Boy 1967 1976
Akanbo Shōjo (赤んぼ少女) 1967
SF Ishoku Tampenshū (SF異色短編集) 1968 1969
Kage (映像) 1968
Chō no Haka (蝶の墓) 1968
Osore (おそれ) 1969
Shisha no Kōshin (死者の行進)
Orochi (おろち) Orochi: Blood 1969 1970
Iara (イアラ) 1970
Kaijū Gyō (怪獣ギョー) 1971
Agein (アゲイン) Again 1971 1972 Comedy
Hyōryū Kyōshitsu (漂流教室) The Drifting Classroom 1972 1974
Senrei (洗礼) Baptism 1974 1976
Makoto chan (まことちゃん) Makoto-chan 1976 1981 Comedy
Watashi wa Shingo (わたしは真悟) My Name is Shingo 1982 1986 Science Fiction
Kami no Hidarite Akuma no Migite (神の左手悪魔の右手) God's Left Hand, Devil's Right Hand 1986 1988
Fōtīn (14歳) Fourteen 1990 1995 Science fiction


  • Nekome Kozo (anime television series)
  • Drifting Classroom (movie)
  • Blood Baptism (movie)
  • Long Love Letter: Drifting Classroom (TV drama)
  • Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater (6-part TV anthology)
  • Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch ("Hebimusume to hakuhatsuma", 蛇娘と白髪魔) (1968) (Daiei/Kadokawa Pictures)
  • Mother (film) (director)[2]


In 2016, his manga My Name is Shingo was adapted into a musical. It stars Mitsuki Takahata and Mugi Kadowaki as the lead characters and is directed and choreographed by Philippe Decouflé.[3]



  1. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. ^ "Horror Manga Creator Kazuo Umezu Helms 1st Feature Film". Anime News Network. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  3. ^ Vannieuwenhuysen, Lora-Elly. "BCM reads: Kazuo Umezu "Watashi wa Shingo" ("Je suis Shingo")". A Belgian J-Culture Magazine. Vol. 35. Hilde Heyvaert. p. 19. ISSN 2593-0435. Retrieved 2018-06-04.

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