Yumiko Igarashi

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Yumiko Igarashi
Yumiko Igarashi - Japan Expo 2011 - P1210077.jpg
Yumiko Igarashi at Japan Expo 2011 in France.
BornIzumi Aso
(1950-08-26) August 26, 1950 (age 70)
Asahikawa, Japan
Area(s)/manga artist
Notable works
Candy Candy (artist)
Georgie! (artist)
Awards1977 Kodansha Manga Award

Yumiko Igarashi (いがらし ゆみこ, Igarashi Yumiko, born 26 August 1950 in Asahikawa, Hokkaidō) is a female Japanese manga artist. She illustrates the series Candy Candy.


In 1968, as a third-year high school student at the Asahi Gaoka High School in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Igarashi made her debut in Shueisha's Ribon manga magazine with Shiroi Same no iru Shima. She won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award in 1977 as the artist of Candy Candy.[1]

In the late 1990s, Igarashi became involved in a number of legal battles related to her intellectual property rights as an illustrator. Igarashi claimed that in series for which she was the illustrator, she should hold sole intellectual property rights to the portrayals of the characters, and not need the consent of her authors to license merchandise based on their likenesses. In a dispute over the Candy Candy character designs in 1999, the court ruled against Igarashi, stating that both she and writer Kyoko Mizuki held equal rights to the characters,[2] and awarded Mizuki reparations equal to 3% royalties on all the merchandise that had been created without her consent. This legal battle paralyzed the franchise for several years, interfering with Toei's production of a Candy Candy anime, and making the creation of new merchandise difficult due to the court's order that all merchandise be approved by both Igarashi and Mizuki, but a trickle of new merchandise was produced in 2004, suggesting some agreement had been reached.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Igarashi is a resident of Sapporo, Hokkaido. Satsuki Igarashi, a member of the manga circle CLAMP, is a cousin of hers.

Igarashi married voice actor Kazuhiko Inoue and they later divorced.[5] They have a son named Keiichi Igarashi (born 1981), known professionally as Nanami Igarashi, who is a former idol trainee at Johnny & Associates and later published a comic essay about his experiences as an otokonoko.[6][7]



  1. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Candy Candy Lawsuit ends". Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Candy Candy legal issues continue". Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  4. ^ "New Candy Candy merchandise sees daylight". Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  5. ^ "声優・井上和彦、女優・越智静香と昨年3月に離婚していた 3度目の離婚". Oricon (in Japanese). 28 March 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  6. ^ Loo, Egan (18 November 2010). "Ex-Johnny's Jr. Idol Makes Cross-Dressing Essay Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  7. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (19 November 2010). "Dude Looks Like A Lady". Kotaku. Retrieved 23 April 2020.

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