Umino, Chica

Given name: チカ
Family name: 羽海野
Birthday: Aug 30
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Chica Umino (Japanese: 羽海野 チカ, Hepburn: Umino Chika) is the pen name of an anonymous Japanese manga artist, designer and illustrator.
Umino is noted for being the author and creator of the Honey and Clover series, for which she received the Kodansha Manga Award in 2003, and which has been adapted into an anime series, produced by J.C.Staff.

Her pen name comes from her favorite location Umi no Chikaku no Youenchi (海の近くの遊園地, lit. an amusement park by the sea), which is also the title of her doujinshi works prior to her debut. She likes Harry Potter and anime by Hayao Miyazaki. She calls herself an otaku.[citation needed] Western children's books like Anne of Green Gables (for which she drew the cover artwork in a republished version in 2011) she read as a child had a notable influence on her work, especially how she chooses to portray unusual family constellations.

In 2000, Umino's most notable work, Honey and Clover, began serialization in Shueisha's manga magazine, CUTiEcomic. The series' first fourteen chapters were published in CUTiEcomic; serialization was later moved to Young YOU. With the demise of Young YOU in 2005, the series moved to the magazine Chorus, where it continued its run until the series ended in July 2006 with 64 chapters. Umino received the 27th Kodansha Manga Award for Honey and Clover in 2003, which was adapted into an anime series produced by J.C. Staff.

Umino's most recent work is March Comes in Like a Lion (3月のライオン, Sangatsu no Raion) lit. "Lion in March" or "March's Lion", which began serialization in Hakusensha's seinen manga magazine, Young Animal. In 2009, she provided the character designs for original anime series, Eden of the East, by director Kenji Kamiyama.

Umino has also illustrated "Tobira wo Akete" and the Glass Heart series, including "Boukensha-tachi", "Netsu no Shiro" and "Love Way."

Twitter: @CHICAUMINO

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