Tatsumi Wada's caricature, from Strider Hiryu Gaiden.
Tatsumi Wada aprenticed under Hiroshi Motomiya (Moto Kikaku's founder) for 3 years, and debuted as a manga-ka in 1982 with the manga Nobushi (野武士, lit. Field Warrior), published in Monthly Shonen Jump.
Moto Kikaku (then Motomiya-Kikaku) selected Wada to illustrate their portion of a triple-pronged joint project between themselves and Capcom in 1988, a manga tie-in. Wada's manga was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's anthology magazine Comic Comptiq (later rebranded Monthly Comic Comp) during the latter half of 1988 and collected into a tankōbon. He, Masahiko Kurokawa, and Kouichi Yotsui are responsible for Hiryu's final character design, and Wada and Kurokawa jointly developed the plot that both the manga and Famicom game drew upon, which Yotsui felt was too "complex" and did not use.
After the collaboration with Capcom, Wada went on to create several lesser-known manga series. Many of his later works focus on historical figures and Buddhism, such as mangas centered on the Sadāparibhūta Bodhisattva, the Ikegami Brothers and scholar Sugita Genpaku. None of them have been translated into English.
|1984|| Tokichiro Knows!!|
|1988|| Strider Hiryu|
|Moto Kikaku||Kadokawa Shoten||4-04-713009-5|
|1990|| Sadāparibhūta Bodhisattva - Ascetic of the Himalayas|
|1991|| Seven Examples of the Lotus Sutra|
|1992|| Professional Salesman Manual|
|1992|| Time Nanjo|
|1994|| Ikegami Brothers|
|Kawade Shodo Shinsa||4-30-990124-7|
|1997|| Wakasa: The Sea of Learning|
|Thirdline||Fukui Prefectural Govt.|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tatsumi Wada's profile in Mangaseek.net (Japanese).July 20, 2015 revision. Accessed October 1, 2016.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Tane, Kiyofume (February 2009). "The Father of Strider Who Made the Game World Explode: Kouichi Yotsui Discography". Gameside (16). Translated by Gaijin Punch for Gamengai. Accessed October 1, 2016.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Scion; Dire 51 (24 April 2010). "Interview with Kouichi "Isuke" Yotsui". LSCM 4.0. Translated by Gaijin Punch. Accessed October 1, 2016.