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Ai Yazawa
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Author information
Name in Japanese 矢沢あい
Romaji translation Yazawa Ai
Gender Female
Born March 7, 1967

Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

Occupations Manga author/artist
Known for Paradise Kiss

Ai Yazawa (矢沢あい Yazawa Ai) is the creator of the popular manga series Nana and Paradise Kiss as well as Kagen no Tsuki, Gokinjo Monogatari, and Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai.

Yazawa made her manga artist debut in Ribon magazine, and continued to serialized many of her series in it. The only exceptions, were Paradise Kiss, serialized in Zipper, and Nana, serialized in Cookie (another magazine owned by Shueisha).

In 2009, Ai Yazawa contracted an illness, which put Nana on hold. She returned from the hospital in 2010. Recently, Yazawa drew a "Junko's Place" chapter that was included in the March issue of Cookie in 2013.



She made her debut as a manga artist with Ano Natsu in Ribon's special spring issue. Her first seven series were short stories, except for Ballad Made Soba ni Ite, and Marine Blue no Kaze ni Dakarete.

Her first successful manga series was called, Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai. It was collected into eight volumes, and an OVA adaption was released sometime close to the completion of the manga. Additionally an artbook of it was released in 1994. Yazawa's next series, Gokinjo Monogatari was serialized in Ribon from 1995 to 1998. An anime adaption was made, and aired while the manga was still be serialized.A lesser known series, Kagen no Tsuki, translated into Last Quarter was publised from 1998 to 1999. It was collected into three volumes, and a live-action film was released in 2004.

Yazawa's most popular works being, Paradise Kiss and Nana were serialized around the same time. Paradise Kiss was serialized in Zipper from 1999 to 2003. A twelve-episode anime was adapted from it, and recently a live-action film was released in 2011. Nana ran in Cookie from 1999 to 2009, when it was put on hiatus. An anime, two live-action films, and much more products were adapted from Nana.

In June, 2009, Yazawa contracted an unknown illness, which she was hospitalized for, putting her Nana on hold. She returned from the hospital in April, 2010, but it is still unknown if she will continue writting, Nana.[1] For Cookie's 100th issue Yazawa drew a "Junko's Place" chapter, her first new manga in three years.[2]

Published works[]

From To Title Magazine Status Volumes
1986 1986 15-nenme Ribon Complete 1
1987 1987 Love Letter Ribon Complete 1
1988 1988 Kaze ni Nare! Ribon Complete 1
1988 1988 Escape Ribon Complete 1
1989 1989 Ballad Made Soba ni Ite Ribon Complete 2
1990 1991 Marine Blue no Kaze ni Dakarete Ribon Complete 4
1992 1992 Usubeni no Arashi Ribon Complete 1
1991 1994 Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai Ribon Complete 8
1995 1997 Gokinjo Monogatari Ribon Complete 7
1998 1999 Kagen no Tsuki Ribon Complete 3
1999 2003 Paradise Kiss Zipper Complete 5
1999 2009* Nana Cookie Halted 21

* - refers to last publication in Cookie.


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