Kujakuoh Manga Creator Makoto Ogino Passes Away at 59 (Updated)
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The official website for Shueisha's Young Jump magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Makoto Ogino passed away on April 29 due to renal failure. He was 59.
Ogino was born in Gifu prefecture in 1959, and he made his debut as a manga creator in Young Jump with Kujakuoh in 1985. Since then he serialized the Kujakuoh: Taimaseiden, Yashagarasu, ALGO!, Child, The Gun Spirit (Kenjuushin), and the Kujakuoh: Magarigamiki manga in the magazine.
Kujakuoh inspired a three-episode OVA in 1988-1991, and a two-episode sequel OVA in 1994. Central Park Media released the two sets of OVAs under the title Spirit Warrior on DVD in 2004. The manga also inspired a live-action film in 1988.
Ogino was serializing two more manga in the Kujakuoh franchise, titled Kujakuoh: Sengoku Tensei and Kujakuoh Rising.
Ogino's family held a private funeral for him on Wednesday.
Update: Shogakukan and Leed Publishing Co., Ltd. have both announced that Ogino had finished drawing the final chapters for both Kujakuoh Rising and Kujakuoh: Sengoku Tensei before passing away. Shogakukan will publish the final chapter of Kujakuoh Rising in its Monthly Spirits magazine on June 27. Leed Publishing Co., Ltd will publish the final chapter of Kujakuoh: Sengoku Tensei in its Comic Ran magazine on June 27, and will publish the manga's fifth and final volume on July 30. Ogino also drew the cover illustration for the manga's final volume. Sources: Shogakukan, Leed Publishing Co., Ltd. via Crunchyroll
Source: Young Jump
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