Kagami Yoshimizu

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Kagami Yoshimizu
Kagami Yoshimizu.jpg
Born 美水 かがみ
(1977-10-07) October 7, 1977 (age 36)
Satte, Saitama, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Notable work(s) Lucky Star

Kagami Yoshimizu (美水 かがみ Yoshimizu Kagami?, born October 7, 1977) is a Japanese manga author from Satte, Saitama, Japan. He is perhaps best known as the creator of a four-panel comic strip Lucky Star which has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq magazine since January 2004. He is also credited for creating Comptiq's mascot character Comp-chan (コンプちゃん Konpu-chan?).

Yoshimizu also works under the pen name Tsukasa Suina (水奈 つかさ Suina Tsukasa?).

Biography[edit]

Yoshimizu was born October 7, 1977 in Satte, Saitama, Japan. He attended Kasukabe Kyōei Junior High & High School, a private academy in the city of Kasukabe, where he graduated as part of the 14th graduating class.

From the time he was in junior high school, Yoshimizu enjoyed drawing, and in high school he began drawing manga featuring his classmates. While a member of the animation club in high school, he began seriously drawing manga and doing illustration work. After graduating from high school, he began attending a technical school and working as a graphic artist and working toward becoming a manga artist.

Around that time, Yoshimizu met Gō Katō, who later became an editor—and then editor-in-chief—at Comptiq. Katō appears in the Lucky Star manga series as the rabbit "Editor K".[1] After that, Yoshimizu got commission work to do spot illustrations and stories in anthology comic releases, in addition to doing original manga stories to fill out empty spots in the magazine when manga series completed.

One of the original series he created was Lucky Star, which became popular and was subsequently picked up as a regular series. Lucky Star currently runs in Comptiq.

There had been some confusion as to Yoshimizu's gender due to one of the main characters of Lucky Star—who is also named "Kagami"—being female, so Yoshimizu made it clear he was male in September 2007 at "Lucky Star Autumn Festival" Autograph session in Akihabara.[2] While on a signing trip to Taiwan, he was proposed to by a male twice. In volume 6 of the manga he apologized, stating he likes females.[3]

Works[edit]

Original illustration[edit]

Manga[edit]

  • Boku to, Bokura no Natsu (僕と、僕らの夏?) (in Bessatsu Comic Comp, not yet collected in tankōbon format)
  • Lucky Star (in Comptiq, Kadokawa Shoten)
    • Two series-within-a-series have also been published:
      • Akira's Kingdom (あきらの王国 Akira no Ōkoku?) (in Comp Ace)
      • Miyakawa Family Hunger (宮河家の空腹 Miyakawa-ke no Kūfuku?) (in Comptiq)
  • Shuffle! (Comic A la Carte, one volume, yonkoma comic anthology)
  • Akapro!!!: Cheerful Three Sisters Project (あか☆ぷろ!!!〜明るい三姉妹プロジェクト〜 Akapuro Akarui Sanshimai Purojekuto?) (Character design, illustration and commercial four-panel comic strip, etc...)
  • Wolf Children Spin-off four-panel comic strip (おおかみこどもの雨と雪スピンオフ4コマ Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki Supinofu Yonkoma?) (in Comptiq)

Novel illustration[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yoshimizu, Kagami (September 2010) [2008]. "The Good-Children's Bunny-Cat Theater!". Lucky Star 6. Cypress, California: Bandai Entertainment. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-60496-229-1. 
  2. ^ "★秋葉原限定! らき☆すた秋まつり開催!" [Akihabara limited! Autumn Festival held with Lucky Star!]. Lucky Paradise. September 8, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Yoshimizu, Kagami. Lucky Star. 6. p.142.

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