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Kimiya Masago

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Kimiya Masago (Japanese: 正子公也), born 1960, Okayama, is a freelance illustrator and emaki artist whose works primarily depict characters from Chinese and Japanese history, particularly those from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, The Water Margin (Suikoden), and various military leaders from the Sengoku period. Masago earned a bachelor's degree majoring in physics at Chuo University in 1983, and became a freelance artist in 1989. His first work, a manga series entitled Clown with Blue Nose, was first published in 1990. He has since gone on to produce many illustrations for numerous publications, even branching into the film industry in 2005, where he became a costume designer for the Chinese film The Promise. Masago provided illustrations for the Pokémon Trading Card Game between 2000 and 2005, depicting a number of Pokémon in a similar fashion to his traditional work, focusing on tone, areas of extreme color, and atmospheric environments. For a list of all cards he has illustrated, go here.

Works

Books and serialized works

Title Date Publisher
Clown with Blue Nose (In A-ha issues 4, 7, 9, and 10) 1990 Esso
XVIII Brief History: Assassin's Wind Emaki (In Animage October 1990 issue) October 1990 Tokuma Shoten
XVIII Brief History Volume 2: Killer's Song (In Animage April 1991 issue) April 1991 Tokuma Shoten
RYU TOU YA April 1994 Treville
Suikoden: One O Eight Outlaws May 1999 Graphic-sha
Romance of the Three Kingdoms January 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko: One O Eight Outlaws January 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.1: Fukumakourin April 10, 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.2: Hokuto no Tou June 25, 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.3: Kessen En'ourou August 25, 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.4: Seifuu Mamoru Muhon October 25, 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.5: Tenkai-boshi Junan December 25, 2006 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.6: Shukkasou Fuuun February 25, 2007 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.7: Gunshin Doku Kakou April 25, 2007 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.8: Taitengyoudou June 25, 2007 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.9: Taisen Ryouzanpaku August 25, 2007 Kaisei-sha
Suiko Vol.10: Kesshuu Hyaku Hachi Hoshi October 25, 2007 Kaisei-sha
Suikoden True Theory: Who was the Strongest Hero!? March 7, 2008 Akaneshin-sha
IAPONIA February 21, 2011 Gakken


Emaki and other illustrations

Title Date Publisher
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms III Military General FILE July 1992 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Nobunaga's Ambition: Haōden Military General FILE February 1993 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Rise of the Phoenix Handbook September 1993 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms IV Military General FILE July 1994 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Ha Chūgoku Taitei-den October 1994 Gakken
Cover illustration for Strange Story of the Three Kingdoms November 1994 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Toshinden Legend February 1995 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Sengoku Fighter's Guide June 1995 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Flying Legend September 1995 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Nobunaga's Ambition: Tenshōki Military General FILE September 1995 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Haisha no Nipponshi September 1995 Gakken
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms Graffiti April 1996 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms V Military General FILE August 1996 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Nobunaga's Ambition: Shōseiroku Premium Book March 1997 Koei Publishing
Illustrations for Water Margin: Tenshirube 108 Hoshi Fine Fellow FILE March 1997 Koei Publishing
Emaki Sangokushi May 1997 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Angelique Love Love Communication Vol.4 August 1997 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Digital Comic Anthology Vol.1 (Web Comics) September 1998 Softbank
Cover illustration for Soryūkō Kōmori Denki (Top) December 1998 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Soryūkō Kōmori Denki (Middle) December 1998 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Soryūkō Kōmori Denki (Bottom) December 1998 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Henjō Rōshi (1) June 1999 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Henjō Rōshi (2) June 1999 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Henjō Rōshi (3) August 1999 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Henjō Rōshi (4) August 1999 Shogakukan
Cover illustration for Art Club Vol. 35 October 1999 Geijutsu-shuppansha
Cover illustration for Taigun Shiden (1) December 1999 Gakken
Cover illustration for Rise and Fall of the Three Kingdoms (1) January 2000 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Rise and Fall of the Three Kingdoms (2) January 2000 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Rise and Fall of the Three Kingdoms (3) February 2000 Shueisha
Cover illustration for China Stories: Rainbow of Loess February 2000 Shodensha
Cover illustration for Rise and Fall of the Three Kingdoms (4) March 2000 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Rise and Fall of the Three Kingdoms (5) April 2000 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Taigun Shiden (2) April 2000 Gakken
Cover illustration for Kokū Densetsu: Gaki Sōshi no Shō July 2000 Shodensha
Cover illustration for Taigun Shiden (3) August 2000 Gakken
Illustrations for Dynasty Warriors: Road to the Strongest Warrior September 2000 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Kokū Densetsu: Dōki no Shō September 2000 Shodensha
Cover illustration for Taigun Shiden (4) November 2000 Gakken
Cover illustration for Taigun Shiden (5) April 2001 Gakken
Cover illustration for Shoken Onkyūroku (1) April 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Shoken Onkyūroku (2) April 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Chūgoku Taitei-den May 2001 Gakken
Cover illustration for Shoken Onkyūroku (3) May 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Shoken Onkyūroku (4) May 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Hekketsu-ken (1) July 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Hekketsu-ken (2) August 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Kokū Densetsu: Ao Han'nya no Shō October 2001 Shodensha
Cover illustration for Kan'ei Yōsei Jōruri October 2001 Gakken
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms Last Farewell Profile December 2001 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Hekketsu-ken (3) September 2001 Tokuma Shoten
Cover illustration for Ma Nago January 2002 Gakken
Cover illustration for Moto Sō Kōbō-shi March 2002 Gakken
Cover illustration for Sengoku Bushin Den – Bumon no Iji to Tōkon no Gunzō March 2002 Gakken
Cover illustration for Shibaren Suikoden: Ware-ra Ryōzanpaku no Kōkan (1) July 2002 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Shibaren Suikoden: Ware-ra Ryōzanpaku no Kōkan (2) July 2002 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Shibaren Suikoden: Ware-ra Ryōzanpaku no Kōkan (3) August 2002 Shueisha
Illustrations for Nobunaga's Ambition: Sōtenroku Military General FILE October 2002 Koei Publishing
Cover illustration for Musashi Miyamoto Strategy – See! Know! Enjoy!! Masterpiece of Timeless Eiji Yoshikawa December 2002 Gakken
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (1) February 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (2) February 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (3) March 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (4) April 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Shōin Yoshida (Top) April 2003 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Shōin Yoshida (Bottom) April 2003 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (5) July 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (6) August 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (7) September 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (8) October 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (9) November 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms・Wu: Yangtze River Burning (10) December 2003 Shueisha
Cover illustration for Sengoku Elegance: Samurai Keiji Maeda March 2004 Gakuyo Shobo
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (1) January 5, 2005 Media Factory
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (2) February 5, 2005 Media Factory
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (3) March 5, 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Comic Three Kingdoms Magazine: Sōten Onore-shi-gō March 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Ryū Yo, Sōten ni Mae (Musō FanField Novels 1) March 19, 2005 Koei Publishing
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (4) April 5, 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Ōdo no Shishi-tachi (Musō FanField Novels 2) April 22, 2005 Koei Publishing
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (5) May 2, 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Comic Three Kingdoms Magazine: Tenkasanbu-kei-gō May 2005 Media Factory
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (6) June 3, 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Kirin Yo, Fūun o Kakeyo (Musō FanField Novels 3) July 1, 2005 Koei Publishing
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (7) July 5, 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Comic Three Kingdoms Magazine: Hakubi Sairyō-gō July 2005 Media Factory
Illustrations and emaki art for Suikoden (8) August 5, 2005 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Kanjuhime October 21, 2005 Tokuma Shoten
Illustrations for The Promise movie brochure February 2006
Illustrations for The Promise Visual Book February 26, 2006 Softbank Creative
Cover illustration for Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Chiryaku Sae Mōshō Bēnru Gun'yū Emaki February 2006 Gakken
Cover illustration for FRIDAY Dynamite Special Issue May 20, 2006 Kodansha
Illustrations for The Promise DVD booklet August 4, 2006 Warner Home Video
Illustrations for Dororo movie brochure and postcard January 2007 Universal Pictures Japan
Illustrations for Dororo Perfect Guide January 2007 Media Factory
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms Hero Transcript: Banpufutō no Gōyū, Kiryakujūō no Chibō January 2007 Gakken
Cover illustration for Lin'an Suikoden March 2007 Chuokoron-Shinsha
Cover illustration for Kōshu Kikan September 22, 2007 Chuokoron-Shinsha
Cover illustration for Sengoku Seikyō Kashin-dan: Yūshō・Mōshō・Retsu Masaru Den February 2008 Gakken
Cover illustration for Extraordinary War: Nobunaga Chronicle (1) March 2008 Gakken
Cover illustration for Gamō Ujisato (Top) April 2008 Dōmonfuyuji
Cover illustration for Gamō Ujisato (Bottom) April 2008 Dōmonfuyuji
Cover illustration for Hanbe Takenaka May 2008 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Extraordinary War: Nobunaga Chronicle (2) June 2008 Gakken
Cover illustration for Powerful Medicine of Sengoku History June 2008 Kasakura Publishing
Cover illustration for Bakumatsu Kengō Hiden July 19, 2008 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Sakon Shima August 2008 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Powerful Medicine of Sengoku History – History Mystery September 2008 Kasakura Publishing
Cover illustration for Naoie Ukita September 2008 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Here is the Hero (1) September 26, 2008 Takeda Random House Japan
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Here is the Hero (2) September 26, 2008 Takeda Random House Japan
Cover illustration for Women of the Three Kingdoms October 2008 Jībī
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Warlord Suguru Hyaku October 2008 Gakken
Cover illustration for Sengoku Bushō Gun'yū Fu: Kokujin・Daimyō・Inō Shū October 2008 Gakken
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Here is the Hero (3) October 23, 2008 Takeda Random House Japan
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Here is the Hero (4) October 23, 2008 Takeda Random House Japan
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Here is the Hero (5) November 20, 2008 Takeda Random House Japan
Cover illustration for Three Kingdoms: Here is the Hero (6) November 20, 2008 Takeda Random House Japan
Cover illustration for Takahashi Shōun: Sengoku Banka December 2008 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Kanetsugu Naoe: Tenkabito ni Idomi Tsudzuketa Mei Sanbō December 2008 Gakken
Cover illustration for Swordsman Battle Royale~Who is the Strongest Samurai!? January 9, 2009 Takarajimasha
Cover illustration for Powerful Medicine of Sengoku History – The Sealed Truth of 101 January 2009 Kasakura Publishing
Cover illustration for Motochika Chosokabe February 2009 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Nobutsuna Kamiizumi June 10, 2009 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Shikasuke Yamanaka August 20, 2009 Gakuyo Shobo
Illustrations for Sengoku Bushō Pia: Yukari no Ji to Shiro o Meguru Tabi September 10, 2009 Pia
Cover illustration for Yoshitsugu Ōtani September 20, 2009 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Hontōhakowai: Sengoku Bushō-tachi October 2009 Issuisya
Cover illustration for Yoshiaki Mogami November 10, 2009 Gakuyo Shobo
Greeting card illustration for Nengajō: Ni Miru Chīsana Bijutsukan December 1, 2009 Hokushindo
Cover illustration for Koroku Hachisuka (Top) January 20, 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Koroku Hachisuka (Bottom) January 20, 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
June 1582 ~Honnō-ji Incident Emaki~ (In Samurai Biographies February 2010 issue) February 2010 LEED Publishing
Cover illustration for Tsunashige Hōjō February 10, 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Nobutada Oda: My Father Nobunaga March 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Narimasa Sassa April 5, 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Nagayoshi Miyoshi May 10, 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
June 1582 ~Battle of Yamazaki Emaki~ (In Samurai Biographies June 2010 issue) June 2010 LEED Publishing
Cover illustration for Itsusatsu de Wakaru Irasuto de Wakaru: Three Kingdoms Illustrations June 29, 2010 Seibido Shuppan
Cover illustration for Yoshihiro Shimazu September 10, 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for One-eyed Dragon Masamune November 2010 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Rekishijin Magazine January 2011 issue December 11, 2010 Bestsellers
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms: Heroes app 2011 Headway
Illustrations for Three Kingdoms: Legends app 2011 Headway
Illustrations for Rekishijin Magazine March 2011 issue February 12, 2011 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Rekishijin Magazine Complete Edition March 5, 2011 Bestsellers
Illustrations for Rekishijin Magazine April 2011 issue March 12, 2011 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Kiyomori Taira April 5, 2011 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Rekishijin Magazine July 2011 issue June 10, 2011 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Rekishijin Magazine August 2011 issue July 12, 2011 Bestsellers
Illustration for Rekishijin Magazine December 2011 issue November 11, 2011 Bestsellers
Illustration for Rekishijin Magazine February 2012 issue January 12, 2012 Bestsellers
Illustrations for Rekishijin Magazine March 2012 issue February 10, 2012 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Rekishijin Magazine May 2012 issue April 12, 2012 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Nagamasa Kuroda August 11, 2012 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Ano Sengoku Bushō no Igaina Sugao September 7, 2012 Shinjinbutsuōraisha
Cover illustration for Iehisa Shimazu and Toyohisa Shimazu September 11, 2012 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Ima ni Ikiru: Shokatsukōmei Chiyū no Kotoba March 19, 2013 Nagaoka Shoten
Cover illustration for Rekishijin Magazine June 2013 issue May 11, 2013 Bestsellers
Cover illustration for Tsūkai Muhi no Omoshiro-sa! Kūzenzetsugo no do Hakuryoku! Suikoden Maru Wakari July 11, 2013 Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha
Cover illustration for True Theory: Kanbei Kuroda September 3, 2013 Gakuyo Shobo
Cover illustration for Shirebashiruhodo Omoshiroi: Shiki no Eiyū-tachi September 12, 2013 Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha


Games

Title Platform Release date Position
Sangokushi Eiketsuden PC February 1995 Packaging illustration
Nobunaga's Ambition・Shosei Book PC March 1997 Character illustrations
Suikoden Ten Shirube Ichi Rei Hachi Hoshi PC 1997 Character illustrations
Ami-ji Mikuni PC 2001 Packaging illustration
Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Ran PlayStation Portable November 13, 2008 Card illustrations
Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Tairan PlayStation Portable September 9, 2010 Card illustrations
Butterfly Sword Online PC May 18, 2011 (Open Beta) Promotional poster illustrations
Onimusha: Soul Browser game June 28, 2012 Character illustrations


Film

Title Date Position
The Promise February 11, 2006 (Japan) Costume Design
Dororo January 27, 2007 Visual Concept Design