Masakazu Katsura, born December 10, 1962, is a Japanese manga-ka who is best known for several works of manga, including Dream Fighter Wingman, Shadow Lady, DNA², Video Girl Ai, I"s, and Zetman. He has also worked on the character designs for Iria: Zeiram the Animation, which was based on the movie Zeiram.
Video Girl Ai was made into a six episode OVA, starting with the first volume. This has been released in North America. A live-action movie was also made of the story. The main action of the five-volume series DNA² was made into an anime television show that did not sell well enough to finish, so the story was concluded with a short OVA, which was also released in North America. I"s was made into at least two anime OVAs: one two-episode side story, and one six-episode summary of the manga.
Katsura also performed as a vocalist on the songs "Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow" and "Unseen Dream" from the two soundtracks for the Video Girl Ai anime.
In I"s, there is a brief scene with Ichitaka Seto watching a Zetman (before he wrote Zetman) Movie that has a costume similar to Batman's. He was also fighting a villain similar to Mr. Freeze. Itsuki Akiba did the statue in the movie.
In 2008, Katsura did a design illustration of the Batman costume, based on the costume used in the film The Dark Knight, for Bandai's "Movie Realization" action figure line.
It should be noted that all 'Works' info is about the manga that Katsura himself directly did, not any anime that may have come from his creations.
Works (Title/Run Dates/Length)
Super Mobile Troop Vander (???) (???)
Present from Lemon (???) (???)
Love and Destroy (???) (???)
M (???) (???)
Dr. Chambalee (???) (???)
Wingman (1983-1985) (13 Volumes)
Video Girl ~One-Shot~ (1989) (1 Chapter)
Video Girl Ai (1990-1993) (15 Volumes)
DNA² (1993-1994) (5 Volumes)
Zetman ~One-Shot~ (1994) (1 Chapter)
Shadow Lady (1995-1996) (3 Volumes)
I"s (1997-1999) (15 Volumes)
Zetman (2002-Ongoing) (13 Volumes, Ongoing)
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