|Born||August 30, 1980|
|Area(s)||Character design, Writer, Manga artist|
|Honey and Clover |
March Comes in Like a Lion
Umino is noted for being the author and creator of the Honey and Clover series, for which she received the Kodansha Manga Award in 2003, and which has been adapted into an anime series, produced by J.C.Staff.
Her pen name comes from her favorite location Umi no Chikaku no Youenchi (海の近くの遊園地, lit. an amusement park by the sea), which is also the title of her doujinshi works prior to her debut. She likes Harry Potter and anime by Hayao Miyazaki. She calls herself an otaku.
In 2000, Umino's most notable work, Honey and Clover, began serialization in Shueisha's manga magazine, CUTiEcomic. The series' first fourteen chapters were published in CUTiEcomic; serialization was later moved to Young YOU. With the demise of Young YOU in 2005, the series moved to the magazine Chorus, where it continued its run until the series ended in July 2006 with 64 chapters. Umino received the 27th Kodansha Manga Award for Honey and Clover in 2003, which was adapted into an anime series produced by J.C. Staff.
Umino's most recent work is March Comes in Like a Lion (3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion) lit. "Lion in March" or "March's Lion", which began serialization in Hakusensha's seinen manga magazine, Young Animal. In 2009, she provided the character designs for original anime series, Eden of the East, by director Kenji Kamiyama.
Umino has also illustrated "Tobira o Akete" and the Glass Heart series, including "Boukensha-tachi", "Netsu no Shiro" and "Love Way."
- Honey and Clover: Official fan book vol.0
- Honey and Clover Illustrations
- Official website (in Japanese)
- Yahoo! Japan Books interview with Umino (in Japanese)
- s-women.net's interview with Umino (in Japanese)
- Chika UMINO at Anime News Network's encyclopedia