Work with Araki
Terasawa's connection with Hirohiko Araki dates back to the 80s when he read the manuscript for Araki's debut manga, Poker Under Arms, submitted to the Tezuka Awards. Terasawa noted that while Araki wasn't very skilled at drawing, he still had a talent for storytelling. He also noted that the elaborate methods Araki used for composing stories would be better suited for writing novels and screenplays than for drawing manga. Terasawa would go on to support Araki saying, "I encouraged him because he could tell stories better than he could draw them." The initials "B.T." in Araki's first series, Cool Shock B.T., are also a reference to Terasawa's name.
In 1985, Terasawa appeared at the end of the first volume of Araki's second series, Baoh the Visitor. He said the sci-fi elements in the series were very reminiscent of the ones that appear in his own. In 2014, Araki said that the idea for Hol Horse might've been inspired by the titular main character of Terasawa's manga, Cobra. A gun-slinging outlaw who always smokes and has the power to fire projectiles without having a line-of-sight. In 2015, Araki contributed an illustration of Cobra's partner, Lady Armaroid, for the book Cobra Great Dissection. The reason Araki drew her was because "If you visit space and need a companion at your side, the Lady Armoroid is the only one for you! (Erotic, gorgeous and dependable)."
- "Black Jack" (ブラック・ジャック) (1973-1983) (Assistant to Osamu Tezuka)
- "Sigma 45" (シグマ45) (1976-1977)
- "Cobra" (コブラ) (1977) (One-shot)
- "Cobra" (コブラ) (1978-1984)
- "BLACK KNIGHT BAT" (BLACK KNIGHT バット) (1985)
- "Karasu Tengu Kabuto" (鴉天狗カブト) (1987-1988)
- "Goku Midnight Eye" (MIDNIGHT EYE ゴクウ) (1987-1989)
- "Takeru" (武 TAKERU) (1992-1993)
- "Gun Dragon Σ" (GUNDRAGON Σ) (1999)
- "Gun Dragon II" (GUNDRAGON II) (2004)
Translated from the French script.
Interviewer: Are you aware that without you helping out Tetsuo Hara, we may have never had known Hokuto no Ken? (Fist of the North Star)
Buichi Terasawa: This legend is false, it was Tetsuo Hara who came to see me to become my assistant and I rejected him. But without that, he wouldn't have gone elsewhere and wouldn't have done what he did... So I do not regret having pushed him away.On the contrary, I supported Hirohiko Araki (author of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure). At the beginning he wasn't very skilled at drawing but he had a very strong capacity for storytelling. I supported him because drawing can easily be improved over time but not storytelling. I encouraged him because he could tell stories better than draw them, and he was already telling his stories very well... In one of his first works, the "BT" is a reference to my name "Buichi Terasawa". It's in "Ma Shônen B.T.". I see this as an homage from his part.
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