• Kyodo


Manga creator Kazuo Koike, known as the author of the “Lone Wolf and Cub” samurai story adapted into a number of films and a television series, died Wednesday of pneumonia in Tokyo, a person close to him said Friday. He was 82.

Koike, whose real name was Seishu Tawaraya, created the comic series, known as “Kozure Okami” in Japan, together with manga artist Goseki Kojima, in which he depicted expert swordsman Itto Ogami traveling as an assassin, along with his infant son Daigoro in a baby carriage.

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