Ryōji Minagawa (皆川 亮二 Minagawa Ryōji?, born July 5, 1964) is a Japanese manga artist born in Sumida, Tokyo.

He was invited with Spriggan story writer Hiroshi Takashige to go to a comic convention in Portugal in 1996 as a guest of honor due to his work on Spriggan.[1] He worked on other manga comics before he went on to create Project ARMS with fellow manga artist, Kyoichi Nanatsuki.

His first name is sometimes transliterated as Ryouji.


Minagawa was born in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. He made his manga debut with the comic HEAVEN in 1988. From 1991 to 1996, he worked with fellow artist Hiroshi Takashige in working on the 11 volumes of Spriggan. His work had brought him fame across North America and Europe.

After work on Spriggan was complete, he went on to do Kyo in 1996, followed by the creation of Project Arms from 1997-2002.

In 1999, he received the 44th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the shōnen category for Project Arms.[2] In 2003, he created D-Live!!. On December 2006, he had done work on a manga named S.O.L.

He is currently attending to work on a new manga called Peacemaker, serializing in Ultra Jump. Subsequently, he has done another manga called ADAMAS, which had been serialized in Kodansha's Evening magazine.[3]

Known Works


HEAVEN (1988): Original Creator

Spriggan (1991-1996) : Art

Kyo (1996): Original Creator

Project ARMS (manga: 1997-2002) : Original creator

Project ARMS (TV: 1997-2002) : Original creator

D-Live!! (2003-2006): Original Creator

S.O.L. (2006): Original Creator

Intruder: Original Creator

Peacemaker (2007): Original Creator

ADAMAS (2007): Original Creator


Kiddy Grade (TV) : Eyecatch Illustration (ep 14)

Video games

Critical Blow (Playstation): Character Designer

Genei Tougi: Shadow Struggle (Playstation): Character Designer

Live a Live (SNES): Character Designer[4]

Project ARMS (Playstation 2): Original Creator

Spriggan: Lunar Verse (Playstation): Original Creator

Tekken 5 (Playstation 2): Marshall Law Character Designer

Tekken 6 (Playstation 3, Xbox 360): Roger Jr. 3P Model Designer

Tsukiyo ni Saraba (Playstation 2): Character Designer

Other works

  • Minagawa contributed an illustration for the Metal Gear Solid Premium Package edition released in Japan, which is featured in the Metal Gear Solid Classified booklet. The artwork depicts the six main members of FOXHOUND, the antagonists in the game.
File:MGS Drawing.jpg


  1. Seen in the back portion of the Striker Graphic Novel Volume 1.
  2. Shogakukan Manga Award. Retrieved on November 17, 2007.
  3. Ultimatum Tidbits. Retrieved on September 23, 2007.
  4. Ryōji Minagawa at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Retrieved on September 19, 2008.

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