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Masamune Shirow
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    (November 23, 1961- )
    Born in Kobe, Japan
    Manga (Japanese comic books) artist
    Creator of the Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, Black Magic, and Dominion titles
    Real name: Masanori Ota
    His major works like Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed have nearly identical settings and heroines.
    He had little to do with the movies, anime/TV series, and video games made from his books.
    Being the most popular manga artist in the world is being a very big fish in a very small pond.
    For a large part of his career, he was more popular outside of Japan than in it.
    He took his pen name from a legendary Japanese swordsman.
    His books usually feature a strong and positive female lead character.
    His writing is very literate and addresses difficult ethical and philosophical issues.
    The Wachowski Brothers derived the ' look' of the Matrix movies from his books.
    He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Osaka University.
    He deserves a large part of the credit for the popularity of anime and manga in the west.
    He has produced some outstanding erotic art for books and posters.

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