Yoko Kamio (神尾 葉子 (かみお ようこ) Kamio Yōko, born June 29,[1] 1966 in Tokyo, Japan) is the author and illustrator of Boys Over Flowers, which ran in Margaret from March 1992 to August 2003.[2] She began the sequel, Boys Over Flowers Season 2 on February 15, 2015 for the online publication, Shonen Jump+.[3]

Kamio debuted as a manga artist in 1986 with a short story.[2] She is best known for Boys Over Flowers (1992), which currently has a total of 61 million copies in circulation.[4] She has published several series since, including Cat Street (2004),[5] Matsuri Special (2008),[6] Tora to Okami (2009),[7] and Crown of Thorns (2013).[8]


Early life

Yoko Kamio was born on June 29, 1966 in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University.[9][10] She has an older sister named Akiko.[11]

Kamio had wanted to be a waitress as a child and a secretary in college, before deciding on being a mangaka.[12] She also worked as an assistant for several mangaka, before her debut.[13]


Early works


An early self-portrait

In 1986, Kamio debuted in The Margaret (ザ マーガレット () ) No.19 with the short story, "Waiting Until 20" (はたちのままで待ってる () Hatachino Mamade Matteiru).[2][14][15] The story was published before she had graduated from college.[12] Kamio went on to published three short story collections, Sayonara o Arigato (さよならをありがとう () ), Ano Hi ni Aitai (あの日に逢いたい () ), and Suki Suki Daisuki (スキスキ大好き () "I Really, Really Like You"). Her first series was Mary-san no Hijitsu (めりーさんの羊 () "Mary's Lamb"), which concluded with five volumes in 1992.[16] A month prior to Boys Over Flowers 's serialization, "End of the Century" was published in Margaret No.3-4.[17]

1992 – 2007

Kamio began Boys Over Flowers in March 1992 in the magazine, 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.[2] Kamio returned to the series with three short stories in Margaret during 2006 and 2008, which would lead to the release of the thirty-seventh volume.[18] The series won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award in the shojo category in 1996.[19] Boys Over Flowers is also the best-selling shojo manga series in Japan having sold over 53 million copies.[20] As of 2018, it is also one of the best-selling franchises in Japan.[21] Boys Over Flowers enduring popularity is probably due to it being adapted into television dramas, including Meteor Garden (2001), Hana Yori Dango (2005), Boys Over Flowers (2009), and Meteor Garden (2018).


Another self-portrait

She began her series, Cat Street in Bessatsu Margaret in August 2004. Kamio referred to Cat Street as a "serious manga."[2] It follows a former child star, Keito Aoyama, as she adjusts to life again. The series ended in October 2007, after eight volumes. Kamio penned an additional chapter of the manga titled "It's Not the End of the World - Another Cat Street" in 2008 to commemorate the release of the television drama adaptation.[5] The television drama aired on NHK[22] and starred Mitsuki Tanimura as Keito and Ryo Katsuji as Koichi Mine.

2007 – 2014


Margaret No.2 - 2013 with "Ringo Banana Gyunyu"

Kamio broke into the shōnen genre with her next series, Matsuri Special in Jump Square November 2007 issue. She drew a spin-off, "Matsuri Special SP" in Bessatsu Margaret, published on May 28, 2009.[23] Matsuri Special ended in 2009 with four volumes.[6] The series was also adapted into a vomic, short for "voice comic". They are similar to the popular audio dramas in Japan. The vomic starred Maaya Sakamoto as Matsuri and ended at four episodes in November 2008.[24][25]

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.[26] Tora to Okami ended in January 2012.[27] 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.[7] She began Crown of Thorns on April 13, 2013 in Bessatsu Margaret.[28] The series ended in the April 2014 issue of Bessatsu Margaret.[8]

2015 – present

She launched Boys Over Flowers Season 2, a sequel to Boys Over Flowers, on Shonen Jump+ on February 15, 2015. It is her only series to be published simultaneously in Japan and America.[3] The series follows a new generation of Eitoku students, mainly Oto Edogawa and Haruto Kaguragi. It was adapted into a television drama starring Hana Sugisaki and Sho Hirano in 2018.[29] The same year, she contributed a Boys Over Flowers story to Margaret's 2000th issue.[30]

Published works


Cat Street volume 1


Tora to Okami volume 1

Main article: Yoko Kamio bibliography


Short stories



Boys over Flowers related


Illustration for Final


Kamio's illustration of Jun Matsumoto


Illustration for Theatre Creation


Illustrations for the café


Kato with Kamio's illustration


Kamio's illustration of Shen Yue

Hobbies and interests


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