Kikuhide Tani
Kikuhide Tani infobox photograph Volume 6
Gender Male
Born unknown (probably around 55 years old)
Birthplace unknown (probably Japan)
Occupation Manga Artist
Years active unknown

Kikuhide Tani (aka 谷 菊秀 or Tani Kikuhide), born roughly around 1960 in Japan, is a Japanese mangaka.

Little is known about him beside him being a long time mentor to Yoshihiro Kuroiwa and them having released their works via the publisher Shueisha.

Kikuhide Tani's most well known masterpiece and all-time favorite of his fanbase, though, has been the series 鬼神童子 ZENKI (Kishin Douji Zenki).

His role in the KDZ Team

Kikuhide Tani is the author, who created the stories seen in the Manga, the anime, the games and the OVA of the Kishin Douji Zenki series.

The only exceptions of this are some of the author comment section entries depicting his colleague Yoshihiro Kuroiwa's statements and possible statements from the other members of the original Kishin Douji Zenki team.

His cultural influence

Since the release of his series "Kishin Douji Zenki", which he had been working on alongside his colleague Yoshihiro Kuroiwa and which had then been released from 1992 to 1996 via the "Weekly Shonen Jump", other titles have been since overshadowed by the series performance.

Being a well received work both by the fans of the series and national entities, the series has also been released as the only major work by the Tokyo Television Network Co., Ltd. (aka "TV Tokyo") in 1995 as an anime series of the same name.

As "Kishin Douji Zenki" was heavily influenced by Ozunu Enno and his great importance to Buddhism and its uprising in Japanese history, as well as the folklore about the demon gods and holy guardian deities Zenki and Goki, Kikuhide Tani's work resulted in a massive increase in interest towards these topics over the course of the nineties.

A list of his works

This list gives a short overview of Kikuhide Tani's works.


  • 鬼神童子ZENKI (Kishin Douji Zenki / Demon God Child Zenki)
    • "Monthly Shonen Jump", December 1992 - September 1996, 12 volumes / 7 volumes (rerelease), original work by: Kikuhide Tani, publisher: Shueisha

Little is known about what works beside "Kishin Douji Zenki" were published by Kikuhide Tani, or if he published any other works at all, though it is very likely that Kishin Douji Zenki was not his only series, just the most well known and best received one.


This gallery covers all images showing Yoshihiro Kuroiwa alone or alongside the other members of the KDZ team. It also included his self portraits from the Kishin Douji Zenki manga's author comment sections.

References and Credits

In General

  • Vasara - writing this article about Kikuhide Tani
  • Gokimaru - writing the article about Yoshihiro Kuroiwa and giving Vasara a general overview regarding cross-over points of their works


  • Unlike Yoshihiro Kuroiwa, who has a full biography regarding his work as a mangaka, very little is known about Kikuhide Tani.
    • The "probably" entries are assumptions based around him being Yoshihiro Kuroiwa's mentor, but referenced in a more friendship-like tone and them both being active around the same time and both of them working in Japan.
    • Unknown entries are currently unknown, as either no references about them exist or none of them are publicly available.