Yoshiko Nishitani

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Yoshiko Nishitani
Born (1943-10-02) 2 October 1943 (age 75)
Kōchi, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
NationalityJapanese
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Mary Lou

Yoshiko Nishitani (西谷祥子, Nishitani Yoshiko, born 2 October 1943) was a pioneering shōjo manga artist who released her works in Shōjo Club and Margaret.[1] According to Matt Thorn, Nishitani "more or less single-handedly invented the school campus romance that remains the mainstay of shôjo manga today",[2] and Robert Petersen regards her innovation as giving her characters personality.[3] She gave her readers characters that were like them, "teenaged Japanese girls dealing with friendships, family, school, and, yes, falling in love."[4] Her success inspired an influx of female manga artists.[5] Her manga Mary Lou is thought to have opened up the idea of shōjo manga telling stories about ordinary teenagers.[5]

Works[edit]

  • Haruko no Mita Yume (春子のみた夢) (1964, Bessatsu Margaret)
  • Mary Lou (マリィ・ルウ) (1965, Margaret)
  • Lemon and Cherry (レモンとサクランボ, Lemon to Sakuranbo) (1966, Margaret)
  • Jessica no Sekai (ジェシカの世界) (1967, Margaret)
  • Gyangu Ojō-san (ギャングとお嬢さん) (1967, Margaret)
  • Gakuseitachi no Michi (学生たちの道) (1967, Margaret)
  • Hanabira Nikki (花びら日記) (1968, Margaret)
  • Nanako no Seishun (奈々子の青春) (1969, Margaret)
  • Konnichiwa Suzanne (こんにちはスザンヌ) (1971, Margaret)
  • Shirobara Monogatari (白ばら物語) (1971, Margaret)
  • Mugibae no Kikoeru Machi (麦笛の聞こえる町) (1972, Seventeen)
  • Shōjo no Koi (少女の恋) (1974, Margaret)
  • Sumire Sake Sake (すみれ咲け咲け) (1975, Shōjo Comic)
  • Tōki-bi Hatake de (とうきび畑で) (1976, LaLa)
  • Ki ga Chigai Sō no Jūnin-tachi (気がちがい荘の住人達) (1977, Hana to Yume)
  • Kōfuku Yuki Kashira? (幸福ゆきかしら?) (1977, Margaret)
  • Tegami wo Kudasai! (手紙をください!) (1978, Margaret)
  • Ai ga Arimasu ka? (愛がありますか?) (1980, Margaret)
  • Kōenji Atari (高円寺あたり) (1980, Bu~Ke)
  • Hey Bōya (HEY☆坊や) (1981, Margaret)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is the "Year 24 Group"?". Manga Masters. 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  2. ^ Matt Thorn (3 September 2008). "Mommy, the White Girl Is Scaring Me!". Archived from the original on 18 September 2011.
  3. ^ Petersen, Robert S. Comics, manga, and graphic novels : a history of graphic narratives. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-313-36330-6.
  4. ^ Matt Thorn. "The Multi-Faceted Universe of Shōjo Manga". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05.
  5. ^ a b Katherine Dacey (23 May 2010). "An Introduction to Keiko Takemiya's To Terra".

Further reading[edit]

  • Thompson, Jason (2007). Manga The Complete Guide. New York: Del Rey Books. p. 334. ISBN 978-0-345-48590-8.
  • Yoshihiro Yonezawa, 1991. Kodomo no Shōwa-shi: Shōjo manga no sekai II, Shōwa 38 nen - 64 nen (子供の昭和史──少女マンガの世界 II 昭和38年〜64年 "A Children's History of Showa-Era Japan: The World of Shōjo Manga II, 1963-1989") Bessatsu Taiyō series. Tokyo: Heibonsha.