Yoko Kamio (
Kamio debuted in The Margaret in 1986 with a short story. She is best known for Boys Over Flowers (1992), which currently has a total of 61 million copies in circulation. She has published several series since, including Cat Street (2004), Matsuri Special (2008), Tora to Okami (2009), and Crown of Thorns (2013).
In 1986, Kamio debuted in The Margaret (
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 by 2003. She 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. The series won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award in the shojo category in 1996. Boys Over Flowers is also the best-selling shojo manga series in Japan having sold over 53 million copies. The series has received and inspired several different adaptations on many different platforms and countries.She began her series, Cat Street in Bessatsu Margaret in August 2004. 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. The television drama aired on NHK for six episodes and starred Mitsuki Tanimura as Keito Aoyama and Ryo Katsuji as Koichi Mine.
Yoko 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. Matsuri Special ended in 2009 with four volumes. The series was also adapted into a vomic, which is 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.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. The series ended in January 2012 at six volumes.
Kamio published a one-shot, "Ringo Banana Gyunyu" (
She launched her latest manga, Boys Over Flowers Season 2 for Shonen Jump+ on February 15, 2015. It is her only series to be published simultaneously in Japan and America. In early 2016, Kamio participated in a collaboration in Margaret about the series, Osomatsu-kun.
- Main article: Yoko Kamio bibliography
- Sayonara o Arigato (1989)
- Ano Hi ni Aitai (1989)
- Suki Suki Daisuki (1990)
- Mary-san no Hijitsu (1991-1992; 5 volumes)
- Boys Over Flowers (1992-2003; 36 volumes)
- Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box (June 2008)
- Cat Street (2004-2007; 8 volumes)
- Matsuri Special (2008-2009; 4 volumes)
- Tora to Okami (2009-2012; 6 volumes)
- Crown of Thorns (2013-2014; 2 volumes)
- Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (2015-present)
- "Waiting Until 20" (Margaret No.19 - 1986)
- "End of the Century" (Margaret No.3-4 - January 1992)
- "Story of an Encounter" (Margaret No.19 - September 2000)
- "Night of the Crescent Moon" (Margaret No.1 - December 2003)
- France Story (Margaret No.15 - July 2006)
- "Shall I Talk About Myself? Part 1" (Margaret No.3-4 - January 2008)
- "Shall I Talk About Myself? Part 2" (Margaret No.5 - February 2008)
- "It's Not the End of the World - Another Cat Street" (Bessatsu Margaret - August 2008)
- "Matsuri Special SP" (Deluxe Margaret - July 2009)
- "Tora to Okami" (Bessatsu Margaret No.12 - December 2009)
- "Ringo Banana Gyunyu" (Margaret No.2 - December 2013)
- Yoko Kamio went to see the Hana Yori Dango musical five times. First on opening night, and a second time to gift special illustrations to the actors playing Tsukushi and the F4. On third time, she drew an illustration of the Lillies and posted it online, the fourth time for the last show in Nagoya and the fifth time in Osaka.
- Kamio also drew an illustration celebrating Hana Yori Dango: The Musical that was placed in the lobby of the venue, Theatre Creation in Tokyo during the musical's run. She also gifted several illustrations to cast members, including Ririka Kato and Nami Tamaki.
- Kamio also drew illustrations of the F4 members for the Hana Yori Dango Café, which she had finished the day before the opening on October 8, 2015.
- Maki Minami, author of S · A: Special A, worked as Kamio's assistant for four years. In volume ten of Voice Over! Seiyu Academy, Kamio drew a bonus page and stated that "[Minami] was a super assistant – always stylish and good at work."
- She is good friends with Yuki Yukie, who worked as an art director of the Boys Over Flowers anime. They were also both interviewed for the book,Time Slip! Toei Animation 80s-90s Girls.
- Kamio helped develop and write the story for Hana Yori Dango Final. She also drew the illustration of the F4 and Tsukushi seen at the end of the film.
- Yoko Kamio is a fan of the television shows, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, and Hibana (Spark)
- Kamio is a long-time fan of professional wrestling, and has seen All Japan champ Mitsuharu Misawa fight at the Tokyo Dome. She expressed this admiration in her series, Matsuri Special about a girl working as the masked wrestler, "Honey Princess".
- She is a fan of the pop music acts, Pink Lady, Linda Yamamoto, and Finger 5. Her other musical interests include Kenji Ozawa, Ulfuls, Tamio Okuda, and Unicorn.
- Kamio is a fan of the comedy duo Downtown, particularly Hitoshi Matsumoto, who she referred to as "Matchan".
- Kamio enjoys reading novels, such as Agota Kristof's The Notebook, The Proof and The Third Lie, and Jiro Asada's books.
- Yoko Kamio has visited France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Hawaii Germany, Taiwan, and New York. Most of the trips were for research for Boys Over Flowers.
- Her blood type is B, which is commonly associated with the traits of being emotional and irresponsible. Kamio has stated that she does not believe blood type affects personality, even though she has said her stories sometimes follow her moods.
- Kamio adopted to male cats named Tora and Ryu, after her cat Ken passed away. Ken lived at her parents' home, and had forgotten Kamio when she moved out. Later, she reported that Tora and Ryu had grown to weigh 6 and 4.5 kilograms. Kamio still keeps cats as pets.
- Kamio is also a fan of the World Cup and looks forward to every championship. She particularly admired Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata at one point.
- She shares her birthday with Revolutionary Girl Utena creator Chiho Saito, though Saito was born a year later.
- Yoko Kamio interview on Natalie (Japanese)