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Muneyuki Kaneshiro (金城宗幸, Kaneshiro Muneyuki) is a Japanese manga artist (primarily writer) from Osaka, Japan. He is currently employed by Kodansha ltd, and he is known for his sports manga, Blue Lock.

Manga Career

Born in Osaka, Japan, during his junior high, he joined a band named ‘Darts’ which performed on various popular variety television shows broadcast on Fuji TV. In the band, he was responsible for ‘vocal percussion’ (art of creating sounds with one's mouth). He attended Osaka Prefectural Imamiya High School. Aspiring to become a manga artist from a young, after graduating from high school enrolled in Kyoto Seika University. The institution is known for its manga and anime programs.  

While attending school, Muneyuki made his debut (One-shot) in 2008 for his work ‘Dokuchi Elementary School Story’ which received an accolade at the 80th Weekly Shonen Magazine Newcomer Manga Award. After graduating from university, he was then invited by one of the editors at Kodansha to move to Tokyo. In 2011, he made his debut as a manga writer for ‘As the Gods Will’ (illustrated by Akeji Fujimura) which was serialized in ‘Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine.’ The first part of the manga was adapted into a live action film which helped in further popularize the series. Muneyuki’s other works include Billion Dogs, Invisible Joe, Jagaaan, Grashros, and Blue Lock.

Manga Works

  • As the Gods Will (Illustrated by Akeji Fujimura) serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine 2011 to 2012 (Vol. 1-5)
  • Billion Dogs (Illustrated by Naoki Serizawa) serialized in Manga Box from 2013 to 2017 (Vol. 1-4)
  • Invisible Joe (Illustrated by Sera Kesera) serialized in Magazine Special from 2014 to 2015 (Vol. 1-3)
  • Jagaaaaaan (Illustrated by Kensuke Nishida) serialized in Big Comic Spirits from 2017 to present
  • Grashros (Illustrated by Akeji Fujimura) serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 2017 to 2018 (Vol. 1-5)
  • Blue Lock (Illustrated by Yuusuke Nomura) serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 2018 to present
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