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Onmyōji (novel series)

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Genre  Historical, fantasy
Published by  Bungeishunju
Published by  Scola, Hakusensha
Written by  Baku Yumemakura
Written by  Reiko Okano
Original run  August 10, 1988 – present

Onmyōji (陰陽師) is a novel series by Baku Yumemakura. It follows the story of a master in onmyōdō, a traditional Japanese cosmology.



Written by Baku Yumemakura, the Onmyōji novel series first appeared as a serial in the publisher Bungeishunju's magazine All Yomimono in the September 1986 issue. Since then it has been published both in tankobon and bunkoban format, with the first one published by Bungeishunju on August 10, 1988 and on February 9, 1991 in these formats.


A manga adaptation was serialized from 1993 to 2005 in the seinen magazine Comic Birz by Scola and the shōjo magazine Melody by Hakusensha. The series was compiled into 13 tankōbon published between July 12, 1997 and September 29, 2005 by Hakusensha. The first seven volumes were published in France by Delcourt between 2007 and 2013. In 2011, a sequel series titled Onmyōji: Tamatebako (陰陽師 玉手匣) started to be published in Melody and as of April 28, 2016, six volumes have been released by Hakusensha.

A exhibit at the Kyoto International Manga Museum explored "the supernatural aspects of Kyoto" by using this manga as reference. The manga received the Grand Prize at the 2001 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The series also received the Seiun Award for best science fiction comic in 2006. Also, in 2011, Paul Gravett included it on the book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.


The novel has been adapted into two different television dramas. The first starred Goro Inagaki and was broadcast by NHK in 2001. The second starred Somegoro Ichikawa and was broadcast by TV Asahi in 2015.


It was adapted into a film in 2001 and it was followed by a sequel in 2003.


Onmyōji (novel series) Wikipedia

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