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Yoko Kamio (神尾 葉子 (かみお ようこ) Kamio Yōko, born June 29, 1966 in Tokyo, Japan) is the author and illustrator of Boys Over Flowers, which ran in Margaret from March 1992 to August 2003.[1] She began the sequel, Boys Over Flowers Season 2 in February 2015 for the online publication, Shonen Jump+.[2] Kamio ended the series in December 2019.[3]

Kamio debuted as a manga artist in 1986 with a one-shot.[1] She is best known for Boys Over Flowers, which currently has a total of 61 million copies in circulation.[4] She has published several series since, including Cat Street (2004), Matsuri Special (2008), Tora to Okami (2009), and Crown of Thorns (2013).


Early and personal life[]

Kamio was born on June 29,[5][6] 1966 in Tokyo, Japan. She has an older sister named Akiko.[7] Kamio spent some time living in Jakarta during primary school.[8] Her father passed away in late 2018.[9]

She wanted to be a waitress as a child and a secretary in college, before deciding on becoming a mangaka (manga artist).[10] Kamio worked as an assistant for several mangaka just after her debut, usually only for a few days at a time.[11] She graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University.[12]


Early works[]


An early self-portrait

In 1986, Kamio debuted in the nineteenth issue of The Margaret with the one-shot, "Hatachino Mamade Matteiru"[13] (variously translated as "Waiting Until 20"[14] or "I'll Remain 20 While I Wait for You").[1] The story was published before she had graduated from college.[10] Kamio went on to publish three more one-shots in Margaret, before writing her first series Sayonara o Arigato which ran for four chapters in 1988. She wrote another three one-shots in 1989 and a two chapter series titled "Katakoi Friends." Her early works were later included in three story collections, Sayonara o Arigato (1989), Ano Hi ni Aitai (1989), and Suki Suki Daisuki (1990).[13][15][16]

Her first long-running series was Mary-san no Hijitsu ("Mary's Lamb"), which concluded with five volumes by 1992. The series is about a naive, young girl named Merii whom starts attending a co-ed school for the first time.[17] In January 1992, Kamio's one-shot "End of the Century" was published in Margaret.[18]

1992 – 2007[]


Volume 1 of Boys Over Flowers

Kamio began Boys Over Flowers in March 1992 in Margaret. The series was a big hit in Japan, ending at thirty-six volumes in 2003. The series follows Tsukushi Makino, who stands up to a group of rich bullies called the F4.[1] Kamio returned to the series with three one-shots in 2006 and 2008, which lead to the release of the thirty-seventh volume.[19] The series won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award in the shojo category in 1996.[20] Boys Over Flowers is also the best-selling shojo manga series in Japan having sold over 53 million copies.[21] As of 2018, it is also one of the best-selling franchises in Japan.[22] Boys Over Flowers remains Kamio's most popular work, having been adapted for film, anime, musicals, and numerous television dramas.

In August 2004, she began her series, Cat Street in Bessatsu Margaret. Kamio has referred to it as a "serious manga" in comparison to Boys Over Flowers.[1] It follows a former child star, Keito Aoyama, as she adjusts to a normal life. The series ended in October 2007 after eight volumes. Kamio penned two additional chapters of the manga in 2008.[23][24] Also in 2008, a television drama adaptation aired on NHK[25] and starred Mitsuki Tanimura as Keito and Ryo Katsuji as Koichi Mine.[26]

2007 – 2014[]


Volume 1 of Matsuri Special

Kamio wrote for the shonen genre with her next series, Matsuri Special, which premiered in the November 2007 issue of Jump Square. It follows Matsuri Hanyu, who moonlights as a professional wrestler, despite only wanting to be a normal high-school student. Kamio drew a spin-off chapter for Deluxe Margaret in May 2009.[27] Matsuri Special ended in 2009 with four volumes.[28] The series was also adapted into a vomic ("voice comic"), an audio drama. It starred Maaya Sakamoto and ended at four episodes in November 2008.[29][30]

In November 2009, Kamio wrote a sixty-page one shot for Bessatsu Margaret. The one-shot was turned into a series titled Tora to Okami in February 2010. It depicts the life of a BL (boys' love) fanatic, Mii Torisawa.[31] Tora to Okami ended in January 2012.[32] Kamio published a one-shot, "Ringo Banana Gyunyu" (りんごバナナ牛乳 () ) in Margaret, after a six year absence from the magazine.[33] She began a supernatural manga, Crown of Thorns, on April 13, 2013 in Bessatsu Margaret.[34] The series ended a little over a year later in the April 2014 issue.[35]

2015 – present[]


Volume 1 of Season 2

On February 15, 2015, she launched a sequel to Boys Over Flowers, titled Boys Over Flowers Season 2 in English, online on Shonen Jump+. It was her only series to be published simultaneously in Japan and America.[2] The series follows a new generation of students at Eitoku Academy, mainly Oto Edogawa and Haruto Kaguragi. It was adapted into a television drama starring Hana Sugisaki and Sho Hirano in 2018.[36] The same year, she contributed a Boys Over Flowers story to celebrate Margaret's 2000th issue.[37] Kamio concluded Boys Over Flowers Season 2 on December 22, 2019 at fifteen volumes.[38]

Published works[]


Cat Street volume 1


Tora to Okami volume 1

Main article: Yoko Kamio/Bibliography


Story collections

Short stories

Books (illustrator)



Kamio (middle) with Takuya Kimura and Chisa Yokoyama


Kamio with Barbie Hsu and Vic Chou


Illustration for Hana Yori Dango Final


Illustration to celebrate the Korean drama


Illustration of Jun Matsumoto


Illustration at Susumu Kobayashi's memorial


Illustrations for the Hana Yori Dango Café


Kamio signing autographs at Salón del Manga de Barcelona

  • Kamio rarely gives interviews or share photos of herself. She has reportedly said that "Manga artists should speak through their manga."[78]
  • She joined Twitter on December 29, 2015[79] and Instagram on March 17, 2018.[80]



Kamio with Angie Chai

  • Kamio is friends with Angie Chai, the producer of Meteor Garden and Meteor Garden (2018). They talk via WeChat in either English or translated Chinese/Japanese. In March 2017, she gave an illustration to Chai. Kamio sent her another illustration to celebrate the marriage of Chai's daughter.[87][88]
  • She is a friend of manga artist Chie Shinohara. In October 2020, the two saw the Takarazuka production of Haikara-san ga Toru.[89][90]
  • Following the musical, Kamio became a big fan of Yuya Matsushita who she drew an illustration of in October 2018.[91] He reposted it on his Instagram, thanking her.[92] Matsushita also visited her office, where he drew a picture of Tsukasa, in March 2019.[93]

Hobbies and interests


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See also[]

Yoko Kamio

Mary-san no Hijitsu (1991-1992) | Boys Over Flowers (1992-2003) | Cat Street (2004-2007)
Matsuri Special (2007-2009) | Tora to Okami (2010-2012) | Crown of Thorns (2013-2014)
Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (2015-2019)

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