Editors of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers
magazine announced on Monday that mangaka Sakumi Yoshino
died on April 20 from an illness. Yoshino, who also worked as a book reviewer, was 57 years old.
Sakumi Yoshino, who was born in Osaka Prefecture, made her debut as a mangaka in 1980 with Utsu yori Sou ga Yoroshii no!
in Shueisha's Bouquet
magazine. She is best known for the shoujo series Shounen wa Kouya wo Mezasu
(1985–87) and Juliet no Tamago
(1988–89), which focused on themes of psychology and the identity crisis faced by adolescents.
Yoshino drew influences from fellow mangaka Akemi Matsunae
and Naoki Yamamoto
. Because of her knowledge in literature, she has also been invited several times by public broadcaster NHK as a guest on its Weekly Book Review
Her most recent series, Period
, ended in 2014 with five compiled volumes. A one-shot titled Itsuka Midori no Hanataba ni
was also published posthumously in the June 2016 issue of Monthly Flowers. NHK reports that Yoshino had been drafting a new work prior to her death.
Source: Comic Natalie
, NHK News