Miki Yoshikawa

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Miki Yoshikawa
Born (1982-10-02) October 2, 1982 (age 37)[1][2]
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Flunk Punk Rumble, Yamada and the Seven Witches

Miki Yoshikawa (吉河 美希, Yoshikawa Miki) is a Japanese manga artist. Her debut work was a one-shot called Glory Days in Kodansha's Magazine Special. She assisted Hiro Mashima on Rave Master and Fairy Tail. In 2005, she released the comedy one-shot Flunk Punk Rumble in Shonen Magazine Wonder, which was later made into a short series and eventually publicized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 2006-2011, with a total of 211 chapters.[3] In 2012, she released Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, which has to date sold over 3 million copies, and was adapted into a live-action drama series and a TV anime series.[4] In 2015, Yoshikawa attended Anime Expo as a guest.[4][5]

Style, influence[edit]

At Anime Expo 2015, Yoshikawa said that she was inspired by Dragon Ball, and would try to copy some of Akira Toriyama's panels and manuscripts. She credits Hiro Mashima for "teaching her everything I know" while she was assisting him on Fairy Tail.[6]

In the Natalie interview, Yoshikawa said that she had thought of the body swapping idea in the Yankee-kun days, and had researched some medical books on the differences between men and women, both physically and emotionally, but generally went with it because she liked the idea. "It just kind of came to me, but I was wondering how a guy finding himself in a girl’s body would react, and the reverse".[7] She treats a body-swapped character as an entirely different character.[8] When it was noted that the main characters for both of her works were delinquents, Yoshikawa replied that those types of characters came easily for her, as she grew up in the lower end of Tokyo. The characters and their names are not based on her friends so that they can act crazy.[7] At Anime Expo 2015, she said that the characters reflect different aspects of herself.[6]

With regards to drawing in Yamada-kun, she tries to vary each kiss, but mostly uses the side angle to make sure it comes through. With regards to kisses between members of the same gender, she replied that wasn't intended to target any specific demographic but just "an inevitable outcome."[7] At the time of Anime Expo, she said she had five assistants. She does her drawing by hand in black-and-white, and uses the computer for the filling in colors. She spends about half of her time on story, and the other half on actual drawing.[6][6]



  1. ^ Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, chapter 72 profile as published in Weekly Shonen Magazine
  2. ^ "吉河美希". talenttwit (in Japanese). 有名人ツイッター・芸能人Twitterランキング. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 漫画家の吉河美希さんのtwitter(ツイッター)です。吉河美希(よしかわみき):1982年生まれ 血液型:A型
  3. ^ ヤンキー君とメガネちゃん :マンガ連載が最終回へ 成宮寛貴&仲里依紗でドラマ化 (in Japanese). Mantan Web. May 11, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  4. ^ a b DesignFluxx, LLC. "Miki Yoshikawa - Anime Expo®". Anime Expo®. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Crunchyroll, Anime Expo to Host Yamada-Kun & the 7 Witches Creator Miki Yoshikawa". Anime News Network. June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Miki Yoshikawa Interview: Anime Expo 2015". Reddit. July 5, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "コミックナタリー - [Power Push] 「山田くんと7人の魔女」吉河美希インタビュー (1/4)" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-10-02. Lay summaryMahouxscans.wordpress.com (2013-02-03).
  8. ^ Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo chapter 72 bonus interview

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