Okazaki, Kyoko

Okazaki, Kyoko

Given name: 京子
Family name: 岡崎
Birthday: Dec 13, 1963
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Kyoko Okazaki, born December 13, 1963, is considered by many as one of the mothers of josei (women's) comics. Renowned for her minimalist designs and tendency to cover controversial themes, Okazaki cut her teeth in the world adult comics in 1980s.

While studying at Atomi University, Okazaki made her debut in Cartoon Burikko, an experimental adult comic anthology primarily aimed at men. Okazaki would then turn her focus to women's issues. Focusing on the issues of contemporary young women, Okazaki never shied away from street culture, high fashion and drug use in her narratives. She would then take on her first a long-running series called Tokyo Girls Bravo; a rare comic to be published in a fashion magazine. Okazaki has been in retirement since the end of the last century as she recovers from a life-threatening traffic accident.

(Source: Vertical)
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Aki no Hi wa Tsurubeotoshi
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psychokillua | Sep 13, 9:18 PM
She's still alive, don't listen to that comment lol

HikiMaru | Aug 29, 3:26 PM
She's such a gorgeous woman...

ASMR | Aug 28, 9:20 PM
she died in car accident RIP

Jwjchsr | May 9, 4:49 AM
It is truly tragic that her career has been postponed for a while now, because someone else made the wrong choice. On top of her accolades, if she had continue to this day, I'm pretty sure she would completely dominate the Josei market and challenge many other mangaka, both old and new. I'm glad someone like Asano Inio cited Okazaki-san as a huge influence in his works. Although it would be great if she comes back to the manga industry, I just hope she is okay in her personal life.

rwbyz | May 17, 2014 2:45 PM
its sad how the end of helter skelter made it seem like there was more that was to come later, but in the end nothing became of it because of the accident. i wish she could have enjoyed her career at least a little longer. her works are really something.

julieruin | May 17, 2014 12:59 AM
reading about how her car crash ended her career is just brutal. it's a real shame that a mangaka as talented as this had her career cut short so brutally.

hopefully one day she'll be able to draw/write again.

DateYutaka | Sep 2, 2012 11:08 AM
weres the rest of her work

marusamarento | Jul 15, 2012 1:51 PM
"Helter Skelter, by Kyoko Okazaki. Okazaki was close to finishing this disturbing fantasy of cosmetic surgery when she was struck by a drunk driver in 1995 and left a quadriplegic, unable even to speak.In 2003, Okazaki's former assistant, Moyoko Anno (who had gone on to be a bestselling cartoonist herself) finished the story by working with Okazaki's roughs and painstakingly consulting with Okazaki. The book was awarded the 2004 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, nearly ten years after Okazaki had been forced to abandon it."

Fishcaek-Chan | Jun 3, 2012 11:04 AM
SOOOOO EXCITED for the movie adaption in a month~~♥
Baby you deserved it!!

Neane93 | May 22, 2012 7:27 AM
Great Stuff

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