|Born||Kimiko (君子) Murakami (村上)|
April 25, 1946
Kimiko Uehara (上原 きみ子, Uehara Kimiko, real name Murakami Kimiko) is a prominent Japanese shōjo and josei manga artist. She is best known for shōjo series such as Maiko no Uta ("Maiko's Poem"), Lovely Mari-chan, Marybell, Honoo no Romance, Lolly no Seishun, and Yumedokei ("Sweet Memory"). She received the 1990 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga for Lovely Mari-chan. Uehara is cited by Naoko Takeuchi, author of Sailor Moon, as an influence, especially her dialog in Lolly no Seishun and Honoo no Romance.
Her first work "Flower of Black Cosmos" debuted in 1966 under the pen name of Kimiko Kaneda. In 1968, She began working for a commercial magazine as “Kumiko Uehara” when “Shoken Monogatari” was published in the November issue of “Ribon” (Shueisha). She published 2 works in “Ribon” related magazines. Uehara, who wanted to draw a Drama, submitted to "Shōjo Comic" (Shogakukan) and was accepted. In 1969 her first serial series "Aiba Enzeru" was published. After that, popular works continued in the 1970's, starting with “Rune no Seishun” serialized in “Weekly Girls Comic" followed by "Lolly no Seishun" and "Honou no Romansu". In the 1980's her popular Mari-chan series was published expanding the field of activity to magazines primarily targeting elementary school students.
A wide range of subjects, including horseback riding, figure skating, and ballet, are featured in her work. They have been characterized as Drama, Romance, School life, Sports and Comedy. Her work has been published by major Japanese publishers such as Shogakukan, Shueisha, Kodansha , Akita Shoten, Hakusensha. They have variously published girls' comics (Shōjo), children's comics, and ladies comics (Josei).
- Shōken Monogatari ("Shōken Story") (1968, commercial magazine debut)
- Aiba Enzeru ("My Horse Angel") (1969)
- Rune no Seishun (1970-1971)
- Capri no Shinju (1972)
- Tenshi no Serenāde (Weekly Shōjo Comic / Shōgakukan, 1972, No. 48-1973, No. 31)
- Lolly no Seishun (1973-1975)
- Honou no Romansu ("Blazing Romance") (1975-1977)
- Maiko no Uta ("Maiko's Poem") Maiko's poem (1977-1981)
- Marīberu ("Marie Bell") (1978-1980)
- Ha-i! Mari-chan (1980-1984, see the “Mari-chan” series )
- Seishun Hakusho ("Youth's White Paper") (1981-1983)
- Yumedokei ("Sweet Memory") (1982-1984)
- Viva! Akane-chan (1983-1984)
- Kochira ai! Ōtō seyo (1984-1986)
- Lovely Mari-chan (1984-1989)
- Happy Mari-chan (1986-1991)
- Gin no Toe Shoes ("Silver toe shoes") (1987-1991)
- Ai no Arabesuku (1994-1995)
- Inochi no Utsuwa (1991- present)
- 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "nagareboshiHE >> information >> manga >> naoko". Archived from the original on 2002-08-06. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "上原きみこ先生略歴". www.gem.hi-ho.ne.jp. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Baka-Updates Manga - UEHARA Kimiko". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Baka-Updates Manga - Capri no Shinju". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Baka-Updates Manga - Tenshi no Serenade". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Baka-Updates Manga - Lolly no Seishun". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Honoo no Romance". MyAnimeList.net. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Baka-Updates Manga - Seishun Hakusho". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Yumedokei". MyAnimeList.net. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- "Baka-Updates Manga - Viva! Akane-chan". www.mangaupdates.com. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
- Etude - fan site (in Japanese)
- Profile and Photo in Baka-Updates Manga
- Profile in The Ultimate Manga Guide
- Kimiko Uehara at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Kimiko Uehara at Goodreads
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