Kyoko Okazaki

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Kyoko Okazaki
岡崎 京子
Born (1963-12-13) December 13, 1963 (age 53)
Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Manga author, Illustrator
Notable works
Pink, Happy House, River's Edge, Helter Skelter
Awards Helter Skelter won the 2003 Excellence Prize at the Japanese Media Arts Festival and the 2004 Osamu Tezuka Culture Prize

Kyoko Okazaki (岡崎 京子, Okazaki Kyōko, born December 13, 1963) is a Japanese manga artist. Okazaki often focuses on urban Japanese life in Tokyo from the 1980s and 1990s. Okazaki’s characters are bold and freewheeling, holding unconventional sets of values. Her writings are often studded with modern jargon.[1] Okazaki is one of the early forebears of the gyaru (sassy girl) manga style.[2]

Life and career[edit]

In 1983, while studying at Atomi Junior College, Okazaki made her debut in Cartoon Burikko, an erotic manga magazine primarily aimed for male adults. In 1985, after graduating from college, she published her first manga Virgin, and in 1989, she wrote Pink, which firmly established her reputation as a manga artist. In 1989, she released the work Pink, which is about an office worker in her early 20s who works as a call girl at night in order to help support her pet crocodile.[3][4] Okazaki also worked on the series Tokyo Girls Bravo, which was published in CUTIE, a mainstream Japanese fashion magazine aimed at teens.[4]

In 1992, she released Happy House, which is about a 13-year-old daughter of a television director and actress, who are often too busy to care for her children. When the teenager faces the possible divorce of her parents, she does not want to live with her father or mother, because she feels that she cannot be happy with either one of them. Instead, she dreams of leaving her home to live alone and earn her own money so she can emancipate herself from her parents.[5]

In 1994, Okazaki put on a solo exhibition at the grand opening of the experimental art space, P-House, in Tokyo. From 1993 to 1994, she did a serialization called River's Edge and portrayed the conflicts and problems experienced by high-schoolers living in a suburb in Tokyo. This series had a big influence on the literary world.[6][7]

Okazaki is a fashion illustrator, and her manga illustrates the cutting-edge fashion and customs of Japan during the 1980s and 1990s. Okazaki's manga describes the loneliness and emptiness that characterizes this time period.[8]

In 2003, she worked on Helter Skelter, which features a beautiful model, Ririko, whose body underwent a total cosmetic surgery, and illustrates the accelerating derailment of her success. Here, Okazaki exposes with much reality, the obsession, jealousy, and deprivation caused by the desire to acquire “beauty” and the overpowering economic and commercial circumstances surrounding such desire.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kyoko Okazaki was born in 1963 in Tokyo. She lived in a family extended to fifteen people. Her father was a hairdresser and held a large drawing room. The whole family lived there together: grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, and even apprentice hairdressers. Okazaki often wondered what the family and the home can represent in these conditions. While living in a happy and peaceful environment, she has not been able to feel at ease in this large family.[5]

In May 1996, Okazaki was hit by a drunk driver and sustained severe injuries, and went on hiatus to rehabilitate. Her previous works continued to be published.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Title Year Notes Refs[9][10][7][11]
Virgin (バージン, Bājin) 1983–84
1985 (vol.)
Serialized in Manga Burikko
Published by Byakuyashobou
[12]
Second Virgin (セカンド バージン, Sekando Bājin) 1985–86
1986 (vol.)
Serialized in Action / Futabasha
Published by Futabasha
[13]
Boyfriend Is Better (ボーイフレンド is ベター, Bōifurendo Izu betā) 1985–86
1986 (vol.)
Serialized in Asuka/Kadokawa Shoten / Jets Comics
Published by Hakusensha
[14]
Taikutsu ga Daisuki (退屈が大好き?, lit. "I love boredom") 1987 Serialized in Comic Skola
Published by Kawadeshoboshinsha
[15]
Take It Easy (TAKE IT EASY (テイクイットイージー), Teikuittoījī) 1986–87
1989 (vol.)
Serialized in Burger
Published by Sony Magazine
[16]
Kuchibiru kara Sandanjuu (ja:くちびるから散弾銃?, lit. "Shotgun from lips") 1987–90 Serialized in Monthly Meltwin / KC Me/ Kodansha Comics Deluxe
Published by Kodansha, 2 volumes
[17]
Jioramabōi panoramagāru (ja:ジオラマボーイ パノラマガール?, Georama Boy Panorama Girl) 1988
1989
Serialized in Heibon Punch
Published by Magazine House
[18]
Suki Suki Daikirai (好き好き大嫌い) 1989 Published in various magazines
Published by Takarajimasha
[19]
Pink (ja:pink) 1989 Serialized in New Punch Zaurus
Published by Magazine House
[4][3][20]
Chocola na Kimochi (ショコラな気持ち) 1990 Published by Fusousha
Tokyo Girls Bravo (ja:東京ガールズブラボー, Tōkyō gāruzuburabō) 1990–92
1993 (vol.)
Serialized in Monthly Cutie
Published by Takarajimasha, 2 volumes
[21]
Rock 1989–90
1991 (vol.)
Serialized in Monthly Cutie
Published by Takarajimasha
[22]
Happy House (ハッピィ ハウス, Happi Hausu) 1990–91
1992
Serialized in Comic Giga
Published by Shufu to Seikatsusha, 2 volumes
[23]
Kikenna Futari (危険な二人?, Dangerous Twosome) 1991–92
1992 (vol.)
Serialized in Young Rose
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
[24]
Cartoons (カトゥーンズ, Kato~ūnzu) 1990–92
1992 (vol.)
serialized in Monthly Kadokawa June issues
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
[25]
Chocola Everyday (ショコラ・エブリデイ, Shokora eburidei) 1989–91
1992 (vol.)
Serialized in Peewee/Sony Magazines
Published by Mainichi Shinbunsha
[26]
Ai no Seikatsu (愛の生活?, La Vie d'Amour, Life of Love) 1992–93
1993 (voi.)
Serialized on Young Rose
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
[27]
Magic Point (マジック ポイント) 1993 Serialized in Feel Comics
Published by Shodensha
[28]
River's Edge (ja: リバーズ エッジ) 1993–94
1994 (vol.)
Serialized in Monthly Cutie
Published by Takarajimasha
[29]
End of the World (エンド オヴ ザ ワールド) 1994 Published by Shodensha [30]
I Wanna Be Your Dog (ja:私は貴兄(あなた)のオモチャなの, Watashi wa Anata no Omocha nano?) 1994
1995 (vol.)
Published in Monthly Feel Young
Published by Shodensha
[31]
Heterosexual (ヘテロセクシャル) 1995 Serialized in Young Rose
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
[32]
Chiwawa-chan (チワワちゃん?, Chihuahua-chan) 1996 serialized in Young Rose
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
[33]
Untitled (アンタイトルド) 1998 Serialized in Asuka Comics Deluxe
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
[34]
Helter Skelter 1995
2003 (vol.)
Serialized in Monthly Feel Young
Published by Shodensha
[35]
Like What is Falling Love? (恋とはどういうものかしら?) 2003 Published by Magazine House [36]
Utakata no Hibi (うたかたの日々?, Utakata Days) 1994–95
2003 (vol.)
Serialized in Monthly Cutie
Published by Takarajimasha
[37]
Touhou Kenbunroku ( 東方見聞録?) 2008 Published by Syogakukan Creative [38]
Okazaki Kyoko Mikan Sakuhinshu Mori ( 岡崎京子未刊作品集 森?) 2011 Published by Shodensha [39]
Rude Boy 2012 Published by Takarajimasha [40]
Rarities (レアリティーズ) 2015 Published by Heibonsha [41]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c Fran Lloyd (2002). Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art. Reaktion Books. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-86189-147-1. 
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  13. ^ "セカンド・バージン(ACTION COMICS)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  14. ^ "ボーイフレンドisベター(ジェッツCOMICS)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
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  16. ^ "TAKE IT EASY(バーガーSC)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ "くちびるから散弾銃(MeワイドKC)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
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  21. ^ "東京ガールズブラボー". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Rock(宝島comics)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  23. ^ "ハッピィ・ハウス 新装版(Giga comics)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  24. ^ "危険な二人(Young rose comics deluxe)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
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  26. ^ "ショコラ・エブリデイ". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  27. ^ "愛の生活(Young rose´ comics deluxe)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  28. ^ "マジック・ポイント(Feel young comics gold)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  29. ^ "リバーズ・エッジ". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  30. ^ "エンド・オブ・ザ・ワールド(FC young gold)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  31. ^ "私は貴兄のオモチャなの(フィールコミックス / FC gold)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  32. ^ "ヘテロセクシャル(Young rose comics deluxe)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  33. ^ "チワワちゃん(Young rose´ comics DX)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  34. ^ "アンタイトルド(Asuka comics deluxe)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  35. ^ "ヘルター・スケルター". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  36. ^ "恋とはどういうものかしら?(Mag comics)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  37. ^ "うたかたの日々". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  38. ^ "東方見聞録". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  39. ^ "森(FC)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  40. ^ "RUDE BOY". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  41. ^ "レアリティーズ". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 15, 2017.