Nao Yazawa (谷沢 直 Yazawa Nao?, born on July 29) is a Japanese manga artist born in Tokyo, Japan. Her most notable series is Wedding Peach, which was made into an anime series of the same name, and was published worldwide. Since then she has worked on manga of all sorts, some of which have been released first in English and through ebooks. She is currently freelancing and teaching classes in manga.
One of Yazawa's earliest manga works was a dojinshi work called Itadaki! Panther which ran in a small monthly magazine called Pyon Pyon. Yazawa started with Shogakukan in 1990, during which she released Wedding Peach. Wedding Peach ran in Ciao magazine from 1994 to 1996, published by Shogakukan for six tankobon volumes, and was adapted into an anime series. She worked on several other stories until 2000.In 2003, she released the shojo manga Nozomi, a story about a girl who makes a wish upon a falling star and meets a demon who teaches her about love. It was the first manga she drew for English readers. She attended Anime Expo that year to promote Nozomi and Wedding Peach. In 2010, she released Mizuki through Digital Manga Publishing. The story is about a teenage girl who transforms into a devil whenever she gets angry and must fight a bevy of evil monsters. In 2011, she released Moon and Blood on Digital Manga Publishing in English prior to the Japanese release. Moon and Blood is about a teen vampire guy who stays with a family. In 2012, she begin teaching courses on how to make manga in Tokyo; this led to her creating online English courses as well as teaching overseas through Japan Foundation Toronto. In 2013, she published her autobiographical four-panel manga Go-Go Nao-P in English. She self-published the post-apocalyptic Shinku-Chitai (The Isolated Zone) manga which was picked up by a German monthly magazine Manga Power.
|Wedding Peach||1994–96||Serialized in Ciao magazine
Published by Shogakukan, 6 volumes (7 in Germany)
|Nozomi||2003||Originally published in English by Fanboy Entertainment and Plex|||
|Nao Yazawa Collection||2003||Three volumes published by Egmount in Germany|||
|Mizuki||2010||Published by Digital Manga|||
|Moon and Blood||2011–14||Originally published in English by Digital Manga Publishing, 4 volumes|||
|Mother Teresa||2011||Biography manga||ISBN 978-4-591-12611-0|
|Go Go Nao-P||Autobiography four-panel manga
Published on Amazon Kindle Direct
|Shinku-Chitai (aka The Isolated Zone)||2013–present||Self-published in Japan, 12 volumes; 1 volume was published by Digital Manga Guild|||
- "Fanboy / Plex Announce Nozomi". Anime News Network. May 5, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- "Yazawa Nao no Manga Bangaichi". Nao Yazawa official website. Geocities. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Fanboy / Plex Announce Nozomi". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "DMI, Viz, Tokyopop Expand Digital Manga Offerings". Anime News Network. December 26, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- Bill Sherman (November 30, 2013). "Manga Review: 'Moon & Blood,' Volume One by Nao Yazawa". Blogcritics. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Nao Yazawa Teaches How to Draw Manga in English". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Wedding Peach Creator Nao Yazawa Will Host Classes in Toronto". Anime News Network. February 7, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Wedding Peach's Yazawa Offers Go Go Nao-P! Manga in English for Free". Anime News Network. May 4, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "著者：谷沢直" [Author: Nao Yazawa]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- Einenkel, Sylvia (April 26, 2011). "Nao Yazawa Collection". AnimePro.de (in German). Archived from the original on June 10, 2016.
- "Amazon.com: Mizuki ep.2 (Manga) eBook: Nao Yazawa: Kindle Store". amazon.com. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Mizuki. Nao Yazawa ; translation, Kinami Watanabe - Details - Trove". nla.gov.au. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "DMP Adds 10 Titles, New Original Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Manga Review: 'Moon & Blood' Volume Two by Nao Yazawa". seattlepi.com. January 18, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Moon and blood. Nao Yazawa ; [translation, Evan Miller] - Details - Trove". nla.gov.au. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Digital Manga Industry Panel". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- "Amazon.com: Shinku Chitai The Isolated Zone 5 (Japanese Edition) eBook: Nao Yazawa: Kindle Store". amazon.com. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- Official website
- Nao Yazawa convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
- Nao Yazawa at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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