Yoko Kamio

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Yōko Kamio
神尾 葉子
Born (1966-06-29) June 29, 1966 (age 49)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Boys Over Flowers
Cat Street
Awards Shogakukan Manga Award (1996)

Yōko Kamio (神尾 葉子 Kamio Yōko?, born June 29, 1966) is a Japanese manga artist and writer. She is most famous for Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango?), for which she received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1996.[1] Her work has been translated and distributed in Asia, Europe, and North America.


Kamio had no intention of becoming a professional manga artist when she was young, opting to be a waitress instead. Kamio originally went to secretarial school after graduating, but her love of drawing soon led her astray. She then eventually entered the professional manga artist field in 1989. In the following years, Kamio published Suki Suki Daisuki, Ano Hi ni Aitai, and Meri-san no Hijitsu in Margaret before she finally created Boys Over Flowers in 1992.

Boys Over Flowers[edit]

The Boys Over Flowers manga became established relatively quickly in Japan. Many people commended Kamio for her realistic portrayal of high school life and everyday violence through the Boys Over Flowers series. Although she was initially surprised by the confessions of high school violence stated in fan letters, she realized that Tsukushi's fiery character served as a role model for much of Japan's youth and helped others cope with school violence.

Kamio watched as the success of Boys Over Flowers's 1992 début followed through with many more months on the best-sellers list. Voice CDs by SMAP and a live action movie about Hanadan charted the series success in the mid-1990s. By 1995, an animated series was already in progress and Kamio had also helped pick main leads for the anime show.

Boys Over Flowers ran in the Japanese Margaret magazine as well as the Korean Wink. The series has also been published in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Korean, French, and English. The anime series has been broadcast in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Italy, and has also been licensed and released in the United States. Additionally, it was also recreated in a Game Boy Color game (only released in Japan) during the summer of 2001. With its ever-increasing popularity, It was then made into a popular live action TV series in Taiwan titled Meteor Garden. The manga series finally ended in Margaret's August 2003 issue, and the 36th tankōbon which included the Akira special "Night of the Crescent Moon" was released in January 2004 as the manga's final volume.

Despite Boys Over Flowers's success, Kamio had originally planned to end the series by Spring 2000. However, in February 2000, at a manga artist conference in Taipei, Taiwan Kamio announced that she would continue writing Boys Over Flowers. At one point, she got so wrapped up in the storyline, that she confessed to having dreams about Doumyouji.

After Boys Over Flowers[edit]

Kamio's next project, Cat Street, is another shōjo drama/romance published by Shueisha and serialized in the monthly Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma), with the first collected tankōbon volume released on April 25, 2005. The manga was completed in eight volumes.

A one-shot story sequel to Boys Over Flowers was published in the 2006 issue 15 of Margaret magazine, showing an update on the adventures of the main characters Tsukushi Makino and the F4. In one of the first volumes of Cat Street, Yoko Kamio had stated that she was planning a sequel to Boys Over Flowers.

Kamio's next series was Matsuri Special, which debuted in the first issue (November 2007) of Jump Square, a shōnen manga magazine.[2] It is about a high school girl whose father has trained her to become a female professional wrestler.

One of her later series was Tora to Okami which ran in Betsuma magazine from 2010 to 2011. [3]

Another series was Ibara no Kanmuri which ran from 2013 to 2014.[4]

A sequel to Boys Over Flowers (titled Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season), will be launched in 2015 and will run in Shōnen Jump+, making it her first shōnen work.



  1. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Jump Square's page on Matsuri Special". Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Boys Over Flowers' Kamio to Launch Tora to Ōkami Manga". Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Boys Over Flowers' Kamio Ends Ibara no Kanmuri Manga". Anime News Network. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2015-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Boys Over Flowers' Kamio to Launch Ibara no Kanmuri Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Boys Over Flowers' Yoko Kamio To Launch New Series in Shonen Jump". Anime News Network. 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2015-02-09. 

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