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Boys Over Flowers author Yoko Kamio

Yoko Kamio is a mangaka (manga artist) best known for creating the shojo series, Boys Over Flowers in 1992. She has written and illustrated over seven series, such as Cat Street and Crown of Thorns, and several short stories, including "End of the Century" and "Night of the Crescent Moon". Kamio's most recent work is Boys Over Flowers Season 2, which was published online on Shonen Jump+.

Kamio penned several short stories and one series before Boys Over Flowers, including the five-volume Meri-san no Hijitsu in 1991. She followed her romantic-comedy Boys Over Flowers with the serious drama, Cat Street in 2004. Kamio is also the author of Matsuri Special, Tora to Okami, and Crown of Thorns.

Early works[]

Before she graduated from college,[1] Yoko Kamio debuted in 1986 with the short story, "Hatachino Mamade Matteru"[2] ("I'll Remain 20 While I Wait for You"[3] or "Waiting Until 20")[4] in the nineteenth issue of The Margaret (ザ マーガレット () ).[5][6] Kamio followed with three more one-shots, "Ame no Naka no Kimihe..." and "Koishikute...Gonenme" in 1987, and "AM 8:02 no Shinwa" and "Junjou Cooking" in 1988. Her first series, Sayonara o Arigato, ran for four issues in Margaret in 1988. The following year, she wrote "Ano Hi ni Aitai," "Nemu Renai Haru," and "Suki Suki Daisuki." Her second series, "Katakoi Friends," ran for two issues the same year.[6][7][8]

Kamio's early works were collected into three books, Sayonara o Arigato (さよならをありがとう () ) and Ano Hi ni Aitai (あの日に逢いたい () ) in 1989, and Suki Suki Daisuki (スキスキ大好き () ) in 1990. The three volumes were reprinted in 1997.

Story collections[]


Meri-san no Hijitsu[]

Kamio began serializing her first long-running series around 1991. The series, Meri-san no Hijitsu (めりーさんの羊 () "Mary's Lamb")[2] was published into five volumes by 1992. The story follows a young girl named Merii, who has grown up around women only and also attended an all-girls school. She transfers to a predominately male co-ed school, where she experiences love and heartbreak for the first time.[12] Kamio's friends described the series as "too provocative" and expressed disbelief that the shy Kamio authored it.[13]

Boys Over Flowers[]


Hana Yori Dango volume 1

Main article: Boys Over Flowers

In 1992, Yoko Kamio began publishing her hit manga Boys Over Flowers in the March issue of Margaret. The series centers around pauper, Tsukushi Makino at the prestigious Eitoku Academy. The school is controlled by four boys, Tsukasa Domyoji, Rui Hanazawa, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka, known as the F4. Tsukushi stands up to the clique's leader, Tsukasa, who falls in love with her. The story ran for two-hundred and forty-one chapters, ending in 2003.[3] Kamio has followed up with the series with a number of one-shots.[19]

It won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award for the shojo category in 1996.[20] The series is currently the best-selling shojo manga of all time, having sold over 53 million copies[21] with a total of 61 million copies in circulation.[22] Boys Over Flowers has also become one of the top-selling media franchises in Japan.[23]

Cat Street[]


Cat Street volume 1

Main article: Cat Street

Kamio followed Boys Over Flowers with Cat Street, a self-described "serious manga."[3] The manga was published in Bessatsu Margaret from July 2004[24] to September 2007.[25] It was collected into eight volumes.[26] Cat Street follows the development of Keito Aoyama, a traumatized former child star, as she gradually returns back to the real world. She finds "El Liston," a school for outsiders like her and her newfound friends whom have issues of their own.

In 2008, Kamio wrote two side stories to the series.[27][28] Cat Street was adapted into a six-episode television drama in 2008.[29] The manga was also the basis for two light novels written by Kanae Shimokawa the same year.[30][31]

Matsuri Special[]

Matsuri Special (まつりスペシャル () Matsuri Supesharu) debuted in the December 2007 issue of the shonen magazine, Jump Square.[32] The series features Matsuri, who works as the masked wrestler "Honey Princess." In this romantic comedy, Matsuri tries her best to live a normal life while simultaneously keeping her home life secret. Matsuri Special concluded in 2009 with four volumes.[33] Kamio also drew a side story "Matsuri Special SP," which was published in the July 2009 issue of Deluxe Margaret.[34][35]

The manga was adapted into a four episode VOMIC, a voiced video with panels from the series. It ran from November 6 to 27, 2008.[36]

Tora to Okami[]

Tora to Okami (虎と狼 (トラとオオカミ) Tora to Ōkami, "Tora and Okami") began as a one-shot published in the December 2009 issue of Bessatsu Margaret.[41] Kamio launched the story as a series in the March 2010 issue. The series depicts a BL (Boys' Love) fanatic Mii Torisawa, who helps run her family's restaurant. One day two young college students, Tora and Okami, come to eat at the restaurant and end up turning her life upside down.[42] Tora to Okami concluded in the January 2012 issue of Bessatsu Margaret[43] and was collected into six volumes.[44]

Crown of Thorns[]


Crown of Thorns volume 1

Main article: Crown of Thorns

Kamio began her manga, Crown of Thorns (Ibara no Kanmuri) in the May 2013 issue of Bessatsu Margaret.[50] The manga ended a year later in the April 2014 issue. The story follows Nobara Fukami, who has the ability to see strange things. One day, a man approaches her claiming to be a devil.[51]

Viz Media licensed the series for a digital release in North America. The first volume became available on December 8, 2015.[52] Crown of Thorns has also been translated into Chinese and Korean.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2[]


Season 2 volume 1

Main article: Boys Over Flowers Season 2

Yoko Kamio launched her sequel to Boys Over Flowers, titled Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare), on February 15, 2015 on the online publication Shonen Jump+. The series was released biweekly on Sundays. It was also her first manga to be published simultaneously in Japan and America.[53][54] Kamio concluded the series in December 2019, collecting it into fifteen volumes.[55]

The story centers around Oto Edogawa as she tries to avoid being kicked out of Eitoku Academy for being a "peasant." Her life becomes entangled with Correct 5 leader Haruto Kaguragi, whom falls in love with her.

List of one-shots[]


Deluxe Margaret containing "Matsuri Special SP"





  1. Boys Over Flowers volume 1, side-columns
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Archive)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
  4. Boys Over Flowers Season 2 volume 1
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Sayonara o Arigato, Yoko Kamio, 408849539X
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Ano Hi ni Aitai, Yoko Kamio, 4088495764
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2スキスキ大好き-8afifkxpi (Japanese)
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  12. (Italian)
  13. Boys Over Flowers volume 1, side-columns
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  28. 28.0 28.1
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  33. Matsuri Special on Japanese Wikipedia
  34. 34.0 34.1
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  41. 41.0 41.1 (Japanese)
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  44. 44.0 44.1 (Japanese)
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  56. (Italian)
  57. The chapter technically does not have a title, but has been referred to as "Chapter 242," "Extra edition," and "France Story."
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  63.流星花園花より男子-F4写真集_1094596 (Japanese)

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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