Kazuo Nakano (中野和雄, Nakano Kazuo) is the vice editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump and the editor-in-chief of Fresh Jump. Because of this, he was often caricatured by Jump's mangaka, especially in Yudetamago's manga series Kinnikuman, where he became a regular supporting character. This article is primarily about the Kinnikuman character based on him.
He is usually referred to as Nakano-san (中野さん) and typically refers to himself as "Aderans" Nakano-san (アデランスの中野さん, Aderansu no Nakano-san) (Aderans is a maker of wigs); his wig is usually loose and falls off most episodes of Kinnikuman. His role in Kinnikuman and Kinnikuman Nisei is primarily as a color commentator. In Ultimate Muscle, he is called "Doc" Nakano; however, he is not a doctor of any kind.
- Classification: Earthling
- Homeland: Takeo, Saga, Japan
- Birthdate: January 8
- Age: 40, 42 (Golden Mask Arc), 44 (Throne Arc), 78 (Nisei)
- First Appearance: Manga Chapter 3, Anime Episode 1
- Sanji Hase in Kinnikuman
- Hiroshi Otake in Kinnikuman (eps. 50-58, Showdown! The Seven Seigi Chojin vs. The Space Bandits)
- Shigeru Chiba in Kinnikuman: Scramble for the Throne
- Naoki Tatsuta in Kinnikuman Nisei and PlayStation 2 games
- Ted Lewis in Ultimate Muscle (English Dub)
Kazuo Nakano is a short, middle-aged man who appears frequently throughout Kinnikuman and Kinnikuman Nisei. He is an odd little man who will often skip work in order to see a wrestling match and sometimes tries to get involved in the fight (though he is always knocked away in the next panel). For really big matches, he has been known to sell his wife in order to afford a ticket. Nakano-san is generally viewed as an idiot and a nuisance, although he'll usually be the first to laugh at Kinnikuman's stupidity. In earlier chapters, he seems to like gyudon as much as Kinnikuman, preferring it served as saranami (meat and rice served separate). He serves as the Color commentator in the anime and in Kinnikuman Nisei.
- Family: Kimiko (wife), Unnamed daughter (chp. 14), Kazubo (カズ坊; nephew?), Kaz Nakano (カズ・ナカーノ; American cousin)
- 1st Kinnikuman Nisei ~All Choujin Dai Shingeki~ Popularity Contest (31st Place)
- Kazuo Nakano of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump (集英社週刊少年ジャンプの中野和雄, Shūeisha Shūkan Shōnen Janpu no Nakano Kazuo)
- Great Edo Sports Nakano-san (大江戸スポーツの和雄さん, Ō Edo Supōtsu no Nakano-san)
- Bowl House Aderans (丼屋のアデランス, Don-ya no Aderansu)
- "Aderans" Nakano of Chieisha's Weekly Hero (散英社・週刊HEROのアデランスの中野, Chieisha・Shuukan HERO no Aderansu no Nakano)
- Chōjin Wrestling Commentator (超人格闘技解説者, Chōjin Kakutōgi Kaisetsusha) (Anime and Nisei only)
- Aderans (アデランス)
- Artnature (アートネーチャー)
- Flying The World (世界に羽ばたく Sekai ni Habataku)
- Slow Kazu (ノロカズ Noro Kazu)