Rachel Matt Thorn

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Rachel Matt Thorn
Matthew Thorn

(1965-05-12) May 12, 1965 (age 54)
OccupationCultural anthropologist
associate professor, translator
Known forManga translation

Rachel "Matt" Thorn[1] (born May 12, 1965) is a cultural anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of Manga Production at Kyoto Seika University's Faculty of Manga in Japan.[2][3][4]

She[5] is best known in North America for her work dealing with shōjo manga. She has appeared at multiple anime conventions, including Otakon 2004.[6] She chose to translate shōjo manga into English after reading Thomas no Shinzō by Moto Hagio in the mid-1980s.[7]

In March 2010 it was announced that Thorn would edit a line of manga co-published by Shogakukan and Fantagraphics.[8]


The following credits are for translation unless otherwise noted:


  1. ^ @matt_thorn_en (1 September 2017). "So I've decided to take the name my mother planned to give me had I been assigned female at birth: Rachel" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "KSU: Faculty of Manga - Dept. of Manga Production". Archived from the original on October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  3. ^ "Matt Thorn Returns to Translation". Publishers Weekly. 2009-02-17. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  4. ^ "Matt Thorn to Teach Manga in Japan". Anime News Network. 2005-07-09. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
  5. ^ Thorn has publicly stated that her preferred pronouns are female. Thorn, Matt. "Being misgendered a lot today. I suppose I need to come out a little more loudly. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers, thank you". Twitter. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ Phillips, George (2004-08-24). "Otakon 2004 - Opening Ceremonies". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
  7. ^ Cha, Kai Ming (2010-04-05). "Matt Thorn Talks About Publishing Manga". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  8. ^ Deppey, Dirk (March 8, 2010). "Journalista reputation-destroying extra: Four years' work". Journalista!. The Comics Journal. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  9. ^ a b Kai Ming Cha (March 15, 2010). "Fantagraphics Steps into Manga Publishing". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Thorn, Matt (March 9, 2010). "Moto Hagio collection, Takako Shimura's "Wandering Son"". Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "Fantagraphics Books - A Drunken Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]". Fantagraphics.com. Retrieved 2010-08-12.

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