Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗 Shirō Masamune?) is an internationally renowned manga artist, born Masanori Ota (太田 まさのり Ōta Masanori)[1] on November 23, 1961.

Masamune Shirow is a pen name, based on a famous swordsmith, Masamune. He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games. Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.

Born in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts. While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic, which was published in the manga fanzine Atlas. His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him.

The result was Appleseed, a full volume of densely-plotted drama taking place in an ambiguous future. The story was a sensation, and won the 1986 Seiun Award for Best Manga. After a professional reprint of Black Magic and a second volume of Appleseed, he released Dominion in 1986. Two more volumes of Appleseed followed before he began work on Ghost in the Shell.

In 2007, he collaborated again with Production I.G to co-create the original concept for the anime television series Shinreigari/Ghost Hound, Production I.G's 20th year anniversary project.

A further original collaboration with Production I.G began airing in April, 2008, titled Real Drive.


Shirow is a world-famous illustrator. Indeed, for a time, he was more popular outside of Japan than inside.[citation needed] He was chosen as an early author to bring to the West because of many stylistic similarities between his work and traditional American comics.

Ghost in the Shell is a famous anime in the West based on his work, hence his popularity. Many people mistake him for the creator of the original anime movie, but he had no major role in its production. Mamoru Oshii directed both movies, which were adaptations of several chapters of the original manga put to film. However, he did play a role in the development of the TV anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.


Art books

A substantial amount of Shirow's work has been released in artbook or poster book format. The following is an incomplete list.

  • Intron Depot 1 (1992) (sci fi-themed color illustration artbook collecting his work from 1981 to 1991)
  • Intron Depot 2 - Blades (1998) (fantasy-themed color illustration artbook featuring female characters with armor and edged weapons)
  • Cybergirls Portfolio (2000)
  • Intron Depot 3 - Ballistics (2003) (military-themed color illustration and CG artbook featuring female characters with guns)
  • Intron Depot 4 - Bullets (2004) (color illustration artbook collecting his work between 1995 to 1999)
  • Pieces 1 (2009)
  • Pieces 2 (2010)
  • Pieces 3 (2010)


Galgrease (published in Uppers Magazine, 2002) is the collected name of several erotic manga and poster books by manga artist Masamune Shirow. The name comes from the fact that the women depicted often look "greased".

The first series of Galgrease booklets included four issues each in the following settings:

The second series included another run of 12 booklets in the following worlds:

After each regular series, there were one or more bonus poster books that revisited the existing characters and settings.

Minor works

  • Areopagus Arther (1980), published in ATLAS (fanzine)
  • Yellow Hawk (1981), published in ATLAS (fanzine)
  • Colosseum Pick (1982), published in Funya (fanzine)
  • Pursuit (Manga) (1982), published in Kintalion (fanzine)
  • Opional Orientation (1984), published in ATLAS (fanzine)
  • Battle on Mechanism (1984), published in ATLAS (fanzine)
  • Metamorphosis in Amazoness (1984), published in ATLAS (fanzine)
  • Arice in Jargon (1984), published in ATLAS (fanzine)
  • Bike Nut (1985), published in Dorothy (fanzine)
  • Gun Dancing (1986), published in Young Magazine Kaizokuban
  • Pile Up (manga) (two parts) (1987), published in Young Magazine Kaizokuban
  • Colosseum Pick (1990), published in Comic Fusion Atpas (fanzine)
  • Neuro Hard - The planet of a bee (two parts in 1992, four in 1993, four in 1994), published in Comic Dragon

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Video games


Super Famicom

Nintendo DS


PlayStation 2

PlayStation Portable


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