Mizuho Kusanagi

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Mizuho Kusanagi
草凪 みずほ
Pronunciationくさなぎ みずほ
Born (1979-02-03) February 3, 1979 (age 43)
OccupationManga artist
Years active2003-present
Notable workYona of the Dawn

Mizuho Kusanagi (草凪 みずほ) (born February 3, 1979) is a Japanese manga artist from Kumamoto, Japan. She is mainly known for her work, Yona of the Dawn(暁のヨナ, Akatsuki no Yona).


Kusanagi's debut series, Yoiko no Kokoroe, was published in 2003 and serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo magazine, Hana to Yume. In 2009, Kusanagi's longest-running series, Yona of the Dawn began serialization in Hana to Yume.[1] Yona of the Dawn has remained as her most popular series and was adapted into an anime in 2014 by Studio Pierrot,[2] receiving a 24-episode series, an OVA episode in 2015, and an adaption of the Zeno Arc in 2016.



In 2002, Kusanagi's work Goshin Kyoudai ga Yuku!? (御神兄弟がゆく!?) came second in the 27th Hakusensha Athena New Face Award. The following year, she won the 28th Hakusensha Athena New Face Award for Outstanding Debut with Yoiko no Kokoroe. Yona of the Dawn has been awarded with Hakusensha's Denshi Shoseki Taishō (E-Book Award) which is given to the best-selling digital manga in 2015[3] and 2021.[4]


  1. ^ Inc, Natasha. "草凪みずほ". コミックナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  2. ^ Inc, Natasha. "草凪みずほ「暁のヨナ」TVアニメ化、studioぴえろ制作". コミックナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Hakusensha Awards Yona of the Dawn as Bestselling Digital Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  4. ^ Inc, Natasha. "白泉社電子書籍大賞は「暁のヨナ」、草凪みずほ「大事に描いていこうと思います」". コミックナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 6 April 2022.

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