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Keiko Takemiya (竹宮 惠子, Takemiya Keiko, born February 13, 1950) is a Japanese manga artist and the current president of Kyoto Seika University.[1] She resides in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.[2] She is included in the Year 24 Group, a term coined by academics and critics to refer to a group of female authors in the early 1970s who helped transform shōjo manga (girls' comics) from being created primarily by male authors to being created by female authors.[3] As part of this group, Takemiya pioneered a genre of girls' comics about love between young men. In December 1970, she published a short story titled Sanrūmu Nite ("In the Sunroom") in Bessatsu Shōjo Comic, which is possibly the first shōnen-ai manga ever published and contains the earliest known male-male kiss in shōjo manga.[4]

Keiko Takemiya
竹宮 惠子
Born (1950-02-13) February 13, 1950 (age 69)
Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Toward the Terra, Kaze to Ki no Uta

Takemiya cites her influences as being shōnen manga, the work of Shotaro Ishinomori, films, and documentaries. In 1972, after publishing Sora ga Suki!, Takemiya traveled to Europe so that she could find out more about life there as research for Kaze to Ki no Uta. After that, she traveled to different parts of Europe on an almost annual basis.[3]

Among her most noted works are the manga Toward the Terra and Kaze to Ki no Uta, which are noted for being pioneering series of the 1970s and 1980s. She received the 1979 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga and shōnen manga respectively for Kaze to Ki no Uta and Terra e...,[5] and the prestigious Seiun Award for science fiction manga in 1978 for Terra e....[6] She is regarded as "one of the first successful crossover women artists" to create both shōjo and shōnen manga.[7] Many of her series have been adapted into anime, including Terra e... in 1980 and 2007, Natsu e no Tobira in 1981, and Kaze to Ki no Uta in 1987.

In 1983, she served as special designer to the Sunrise theatrical film Crusher Joe: The Movie, alongside other noted manga artists Yumiko Igarashi, Fujihiko Hosono, Rumiko Takahashi, Hideo Azuma, Hisaichi Ishii, Katsuhiro Otomo, Miki Tori, Shinji Wada and Akira Toriyama.[8]

Since 2000, Takemiya has taught at Kyoto Seika University's Faculty of Manga.[9][10][11] She served as Dean of the Faculty of Manga from April 2008 until March 2013. She was also President of the university from April 2014 to March 2018. From 2009 to 2014, she served as a member of the selection committee for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[12]

During her tenure at Kyoto Seika, Takemiya started the Genga'(Dash) (原画ダッシュ) project, which uses digital technology to create accurate reproductions of manga artwork and manuscripts, for both its preservation and to produce material suitable for art exhibitions,[13] with a focus on shōjo' manga art.[14]

In 2014, she was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan for her contributions to manga.[15]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  1. ^ "The godmother of manga sex in Japan". BBC News. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ "MAJORING IN MANGA: University Teaches Students How to Produce Comics". Japan Information Network. 2002-08-14. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  3. ^ a b Ogi, F 2008, 'Shôjo Manga (Japanese Comics for Girls) in the 1970s' Japan as a Message to Women's Bodies: Interviewing Keiko Takemiya — A Leading Artist of the Year 24 Flower Group', International Journal of Comic Art, 10, 2, pp. 148-169, Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost, viewed 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ Deppey, Dirk (March 27, 2007). "Mar. 27, 2007: The first draft of history (some revisions may be necessary)". Journalista. The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2009.
  5. ^ 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  6. ^ "日本SFファングループ連合会議:星雲賞リスト" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  7. ^ Jason Thompson. "365 Days of Manga, Day 2: Andromeda Stories". Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Crusher Joe - Anime Liner Notes - AnimEigo (Japanese Animation)". AnimEigo. Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
  9. ^ "A Faculty of Manga". Cool Japan. 2009-02-04. NHK World, BS1, NHK BS-Hi Vision. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24.
  10. ^ Kan, Saori (February 24, 2008). "Takamiya the Teacher". Star Magazine. Malaysia. Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Morgan, Jenifer (April 2006). "A Lifetime of Shojo Manga – Our Complete Interview with Legendary Creator Keiko Takemiya". Shojo Beat. Viz Media. Archived from the original on 2006-05-06. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
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  15. ^ ""Toward the Terra" Manga Artist Keiko Takemiya Awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon by Japanese Government". Crunchyroll. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.

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