Keiko Takemiya

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Keiko Takemiya
Born (1950-02-13) February 13, 1950 (age 65)
Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Manga artist
Known for Toward the Terra
Kaze to Ki no Uta

Keiko Takemiya (竹宮 惠子 Takemiya Keiko?, born February 13, 1950) is a Japanese manga artist. She is included in the Year 24 Group. She resides in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.[1] The year 24 group was a group of female authors in the early 1970s who helped change shoujo manga from being created by male authors to being created by female authors.[2] As part of this group, Takemiya pioneered a genre of girls' comics about love between young men; in December 1970 she published a short story, "In the Sunroom", in Bessatsu Shōjo Komikku, which is possibly the first shōnen-ai manga published and contains the earliest known male-male kiss in shōjo manga.[3]

Takemiya cites her influences as being shonen manga, the work of Shotaro Ishinomori, films, and documentaries. In 1972, after publishing Sora ga Suki!, Takemiya travelled to Europe so that she could find out more about life there as research for Kaze to Ki no Uta. After that, she travelled to different parts of Europe on an almost annual basis.[2]

Among her most noted works are the manga Toward the Terra and Kaze to Ki no Uta, which are noted for being pioneering series of the 1970s and 1980s. She received the 1979 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga and shōnen manga respectively for Kaze to Ki no Uta and Terra e...,[4] and the prestigious Seiun Award for science fiction manga in 1978 for Terra e....[5] She is regarded as "one of the first successful crossover women artists" to create both shōjo and shōnen manga.[6] Many of her series have been adapted into anime, including Terra e... in 1980 and 2007, Natsu e no Tobira in 1981, and Kaze to Ki no Uta in 1987. In 1983, she served as special designer to the Sunrise theatrical film Crusher Joe: The Movie, alongside other noted manga artists Yumiko Igarashi, Fujihiko Hosono, Rumiko Takahashi, Hideo Azuma, Hisaichi Ishii, Katsuhiro Otomo, Miki Tori, Shinji Wada and Akira Toriyama.[7]

Since 2000, Takemiya has taught at Kyoto Seika University's Faculty of Manga and is its current dean.[8][9][10] In 2009, she was a member of the selection committee for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[11]

In 2014 she was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan for her contributions to Manga.[12]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Ringo no Tsumi (りんごの罪 Ringo no tsumi?, 1968)
  • In the Sunroom (サンルームにて?, 1970)
  • Sora ga Suki! 空がすき! 1971-1972
  • Pharaoh's Tomb ファラオの墓 1974-1976
  • Natsu e no Tobira (夏への扉 Natsu e no tobira?, 1975)
  • Kaze to Ki no Uta (風と木の詩 Kaze to ki no uta?, 1976–1984)
  • To Terra... (地球へ… Terra e...?, 1977–1980) (published in English by Vertical)
  • Andromeda Stories (アンドロメダ・ストーリーズ Andromeda stories?, 1980-1982) (published in English by Vertical, Story by Sci Fi author Ryu Mitsuse)
  • Tenma no Ketsuzoku (天馬の血族 Tenma no ketsuzoku?, 1992–2000)


  1. ^ "MAJORING IN MANGA: University Teaches Students How to Produce Comics". Japan Information Network. 2002-08-14. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b Ogi, F 2008, 'Shôjo Manga (Japanese Comics for Girls) in the 1970s' Japan as a Message to Women's Bodies: Interviewing Keiko Takemiya — A Leading Artist of the Year 24 Flower Group', International Journal Of Comic Art, 10, 2, pp. 148-169, Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost, viewed 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ Deppey, Dirk (March 27, 2007). "Mar. 27, 2007: The first draft of history (some revisions may be necessary)". Journalista. The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  5. ^ "日本SFファングループ連合会議:星雲賞リスト" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Crusher Joe - Anime Liner Notes - AnimEigo (Japanese Animation)". AnimEigo. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  8. ^ "A Faculty of Manga". Cool Japan. 2009-02-04. NHK World, BS1, NHK BS-Hi Vision. 
  9. ^ Takemiya the teacher
  10. ^ A Lifetime of Shojo Manga
  11. ^ "13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  12. ^ ""Toward the Terra" Manga Artist Keiko Takemiya Awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon by Japanese Government". CrunchyRoll. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 

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