Buichi Terasawa

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Buichi Terasawa (寺沢 武一 Terasawa Buichi) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best-known for his manga series Goku Midnight Eye, Cobra, and Karasu Tengu Kabuto.

Terasawa supported Araki early in his career and is most notable for being the namesake for Cool Shock B.T. and the inspiration for Hol Horse in Stardust Crusaders.


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.[1] 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.[2][3][4]

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.[1] 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.[5] 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)."[6]


  • "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)
  • "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)


Published February 2017
👤 Buichi Terasawa
Interview by "Les Illuminati" : lesilluminati.com

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.[7]


Terasawa Baoh Vol 1 Afterword.jpg

I think my first contact with Araki was when I read his submission for the Tezuka Awards. Looking at his manuscripts, I was surprised and delighted at how similar are styles were. Araki is very meticulous with how he crafts his story, going over it several times before putting pen to paper. He's the type of person who only starts writing once he has a complete grasp of the dynamics of his characters, the circumstances they face, their outlook on the world, and so on. This method is the same one used by novelists and screenwriters, but for a serial manga artist is very detrimental.

Most of these subtle attentions to detail go unnoticed by the reader, like the sci-fi themes scattered throughout the story and the deliberate awe created by the protagonist. Nonetheless, this is precisely where a science fiction writer gets to put their skills to the test, trying to visualize what we can only see in our wildest dreams. I mentioned earlier that our styles were similar. That's because I felt that his approach to drawing manga was very close to mine. There are very few artists who can make sci-fi manga entertaining without compromising the overall quality of their work, and Araki is one of them. Given his current style, I think he'll continue to grow as a manga artist in the future.

It's important to recognize that science fiction manga isn't the same as novels or films. At first, this seems obvious, but I think it's something necessary to keep in mind. I hope the both of us will continue drawing science fiction manga until we truly understand what it means.
—Buichi Terasawa, Baoh Volume 1








—Buichi Terasawa, Baoh Volume 1



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