Michiru Nororo is a Japanese male horror manga artist. He draws shocking and cruel stories with beautiful illustrations. When he was in junior high school, he was influenced by "Kuraroku's Strange Disease" by Hinohide Hino, which his younger brother bought for him. After dropping out of college, he began contributing his work in earnest while working as a freelancer and debuted as a gag manga artist. In the late 1980s, the comedy boom came and young aspiring comedians often appeared on TV. He, too, formed a comic duo with his friends. Writing that script in letters was boring, so he had to transcribe the whole thing into pictures. A friend of his saw it and told him it was funny, so he penciled it in and submitted it somewhere. That was the first manga he ever drew in his life. The script for that manga was accepted for the "Young Magazine" Newcomer's Award a year late, and it became his first work.
After dropping out of college, he dabbled in part-time work for a while, but his future options gradually narrowed. He had no choice but to seriously aspire to become a manga artist, and continued to submit his work to various places. But the professional world is a tough place, and even if he gets one article published, it doesn't last. One day, he happens to come across a thick horror magazine called "Fear House DX" at a bookstore. At the time, there was a horror manga boom, and many magazines were published by various companies.
In 1998, he turned into a horror manga artist with "Clock House Girl" published in the February issue of "Fear House DX" (Lido Co., Ltd.). Since then, he has been writing short horror manga mainly for shoujo horror magazines and ladies' comic magazines.
The opening story, "Curse of the Great Hunting," is a masterpiece in its depiction of insects and birds, but he says that he is not very good at splatter movies, neither insects nor birds. What he particularly dislikes are the eyeball patterns on caterpillars and moths. He hates to see them not only in the real thing but also in his own drawings. Lion's Head: The Works of Michiru Jyuu 1996-2012" (Trash Up), published in 2013, attracted a lot of attention as a collection of rare works. His other comics include "Android Kai: Michiru Jyu Michiru's Early Masterpieces I" (both in TRASH-UP).
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