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Nakano-san (with Announcer Yoshigai)

Kazuo Nakano (中野和雄, Nakano Kazuo?) is the vice editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump. Because of this, he was often caricatured by Jump's mangaka, especially in Yudetamago's manga series Kinnikuman, where he became a regular supporting character. This article is primarily about the Kinnikuman character based on him.

He is usually referred to as Nakano-san (中野さん?) and typically refers to himself as "Aderans" Nakano-san (アデランスの中野さん, Aderansu no Nakano-san?) (Aderans is a maker of wigs); his wig is usually loose and falls off most episodes of Kinnikuman. His role in Kinnikuman and Kinnikuman Nisei is primarily as a color commentator. In Ultimate Muscle, he is called "Doc" Nakano; however, he is not a doctor of any kind.


  • Classification: Earthling
  • Homeland: Takeo, Saga, Japan 23x15px
  • Age: 40, 42 (Golden Mask Arc), 44 (Throne Arc), 78 (Nisei)
  • First Appearance: Manga Chapter 3, Anime Episode 1

Voice Actors


Nakano-san is a short, middle-aged man who appears frequently throughout Kinnikuman and Kinnikuman Nisei. He is an odd little man who will often skip work in order to see a wrestling match and sometimes tries to get involved in the fight (though he is always knocked away in the next panel). For really big matches, he has been known to sell his wife in order to afford a ticket. Nakano-san is generally viewed as an idiot and a nuisance, although he'll usually be the first to laugh at Kinnikuman's stupidity. In earlier chapters, he seems to like gyuudon as much as Kinnikuman, preferring it served as saranami (meat and rice served separate).


Doc Nakano and Mac Metaphor in Ultimate Muscle

He serves as the Color commentator in the anime and in Kinnikuman Nisei. (more to come)

Nakano-san's Appearances

Volume 1
  • Chapter 3: Background character
  • Chapter 4: Pig
  • Chapter 6: Mailman, Kazubō (Kindergarten student)
  • Chapter 7: Gyudon place customer
  • Chapter 8: Gyudon place customer, doll
  • Chapter 9: Mountain, Kazubō (Kindergarten student)
  • Chapter 10: Background character
  • Chapter 11: Kindergarten student
  • Chapter 12: Himself
  • Chapter 13: Cover art, background character
Volume 2
  • Chapter 14~17: Himself
  • Chapter 18: Background character
  • Chapter 19: Shueisha Editorial Staff
  • Chapter 20: Himself
  • Chapter 21: Delivery boy, Himself
  • Chapter 22: Chieisha Editorial Staff
  • Chapter 23: Director
  • Chapter 24: Himself
  • Chapter 25: Poster
  • Chapter 26: Himself
  • Chapter 27: Islander
Volume 3
  • Chapter 28~32: Himself
  • Chapter 33: Jump Editorial Staff
  • Chapter 35~37, 39, 41: Himself
Volume 4
  • Chapter 42, 44~46: Himself
  • Chapter 47: Female fan
  • Chapter 48: Shueisha Editorial Staff
  • Chapter 50: Himself
  • Chapter 53: Kaz Nakano (Tour Guide)
Volume 5
  • Chapter 54, 57~58: Kaz Nakano (Tour Guide)

(more to come)

Career Information

  • Family: Kimiko (wife), Unnamed son (appeared only in Vol. 2, later retconned that they are childless)
  • Kazuo Nakano of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump (集英社週刊少年ジャンプの中野和雄, Shūeisha Shūkan Shōnen Janpu no Nakano Kazuo?)
  • Great Edo Sports Nakano-san (大江戸スポーツの和雄さん, Dai Edo Supōtsu no Nakano-san?)
  • Bowl House Aderans (丼屋のアデランス, Don-ya no Aderansu?)
  • Kindergarten Student Kazubō (幼稚園児のカズ坊, Youchien-ji no Kazu-bō?)
  • "Aderans" Nakano of Chieisha's Weekly Hero (散英社・週刊HEROのアデランスの中野, Chieisha・Shuukan HERO no Aderansu no Nakano?)
  • Japanese Nisei Kaz Nakano (日系II世のカズ・ナカーノ, Nikkei Nisei no Kazu Nakaano?)
  • Choujin Wrestling Commentator (超人格闘技解説者, Choujin Kakutougi Kaisetsusha?) (anime and Nisei only)
  • Artnature (アートネーチャー?)
  • Aderans (アデランス?)
  • (Flying The World) "Aderans" Nakano-san ((世界に羽ばたく)アデランスの中野さん, (Sekai ni Habataku) Aderansu no Nakano-san?)
  • "Aderans" Kazuo (アデランスの和雄, Aderansu no Kazuo?)
  • Slow Kazu (ノロカズ, Noro Kazu?)

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