Nobuhiro Watsuki was born on May 26, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. While growing up, Nobuhiro’s brother, who was three years older, drew manga and became his role model. In addition to his brother, many manga artists of the time were a great inspiration to him, including Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy,Black Jack and Jetter Mars to name a few) and Fujiko Fujio ( Kaibutsu-kun and Obake no Q-Taro).
When Nobuhiro entered middle school, he practiced kendo (the art of the wooden sword). He still drew manga, but also had a growing interest in kendo, although he wasn’t too good. In fact, he never won a kendo match, but was once selected to be a starter. After a while Nobuhiro grew frustrated with kendo, and eventually quit.
Nobuhiro Watsuki started submitting his manga as early as high school. In fact, in high school he won the “Hop step” award for his work on Podmark. Later on, Nobuhiro worked as an assistant for Takeshi Obata’s Arabian Lamp-Lamp. The model for Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin was actually based on a different version of Lamp.
In 1994, Nobuhiro’s hit manga Rurouni Kenshin was published in Weekly Shonen Jump. It covered three manga arc and ran until 1999, covering 28 tankoubon or graphic novels. His most recent work is Busô Renkin (Armored Alchemist), published in June of 2003. An anime adaptation of the series is currently underworks!