Kyoko Mizuki

Kyoko Mizuki (水木 杏子, Mizuki Kyōko) is one of the pen names of Keiko Nagita (名木田 恵子, Nagita Keiko, born November 28, 1949), a Japanese writer who is best known for being the author of the manga and anime series Candy Candy.

Kyoko Mizuki
Born (1949-11-28) November 28, 1949 (age 73)
Tokyo, Japan
Pen nameKeiko Nagita (名木田 恵子 Nagita Keiko), Ayako Kazu (加津 綾子 Kazu Ayako), Akane Kouda (香田 あかね Kouda Akane), Kyoko Mizuki (水木 杏子 Mizuki Kyōko)
Occupationnovelist, manga writer, poet, essayist, lyricist
Period1968 - present
Genreromance, fantasy, Juvenile
Notable worksCandy Candy (1975), Rainette, Kin Iro no Ringo (2006)

Kyoko Mizuki won the Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shōjo Manga for Candy Candy in 1977 with Yumiko Igarashi.

Keiko Nagita won the Japan Juvenile Writers Association Prize for Rainette, Kin Iro no Ringo (Rainette - The Golden Apples) in 2007.

Her short story Akai Mi Haziketa is printed in Japanese Primary School Textbook for 6th grade (Mitsumura Tosho Publishing Co., Ltd.).

Her picture book Shampoo Ōji series (art by Makoto Kubota) was adapted into an anime television series in October 2007.


When she was 12 years old, her father died. Then she created "imaginary family Andrews" to relieve her loneliness and wrote their stories on a notebook. Mizuki said "I feel Andrews family have watched me affectionately. They are the origin of my story writing".

She spent a few years as an actress of Shiki Theatre Company in her late teens, and some of her works reflect this.

In eleventh-grade, she won a prize short story contest for young girls' magazine Jogakusei no Tomo. After selling her short story Yomigaeri, Soshite Natsu wa to the magazine when she was 19 years old, she decided to become a full-time writer.

In those days she was a frequent contributor of poems to Koukou Bungei magazine, famous poet Katsumi Sugawara appreciated her talent and she joined his poetry club. When she was 20, she published a collection of poems Kaeru privately. Five years later, her poetical works Omoide wa Utawanai was published by Sanrio Company, Ltd.[1]

She wrote short stories and love stories for young girls' magazines, and Kodansha commissioned her to write stories for their shōjo manga magazine Shōjo Friend. In the 1970s, she wrote many shōjo manga stories as Ayako Kazu, Akane Kouda, Kyoko Mizuki and Keiko Nagita.

In 1975, she wrote the story of freckled hearty girl, Candy Candy for monthly Nakayoshi. In her twenties, she wrote the first story for a manga at the request of Mr. Higashiura, then the chief editor of Bessatsu Shōjo Friend. She wrote many shōjo manga stories for mainly Friend and Nakayoshi in 1970s. Then, Mr. Higashiura who took up the post of the chief editor of Monthly Nakayoshi drew up a project that a shōjo manga like a famous stories retold for children as Heidi.

She said

"I lost my mother when I was 21, then I was all alone in the world. To write the story healed my sorrow"; "Before I wrote the story of Candy, one of what some decided was "Who is her mother is not the theme". Whoever are your parents, you must accept your destiny and stand on your own feet---I wanted to say so. When I started to write the story, it was two years after my mother passed away. My father passed away at my 12th year, I lived in solitude because I am the only child of them. Looking back on my years of writing Candy story, I realize that I healed my pain by writing".

[full citation needed] (quote: "Interviews with Manga Authors" by Itou Ayako. Doubun Shoin inc.).

The manga was adapted into anime television series in 1976 by Toei Animation. Since then Candy Candy has made her one of the more successful female manga writers.

The last episode of Candy Candy was written at Domaine De Beauvois, a chateau-hotel in France. Mizuki said "I wanted to say good-bye to Candice in beautiful place. If possible, I wanted to go to the United Kingdom When I was into the room, tears welled up in my eyes because a picture of fox hunting was hung on the wall. Fox hunting--it took Anthony's life. When I remember Candice, autumn days at the beautiful hotel came to my mind. The hotel was like the villa of Ardray family."[2]

Since 1980, she is mainly writing juveniles and love stories for young girls as Keiko Nagita. Her Fūko to Yūrei series is especially popular.[3] Music for Fūko to Yūrei series was composed by Toru Okada (岡田 徹, Okada Toru, born April 23, 1949 in Tokyo) who is a member of Japanese famous rock group Moonriders, the album called Siriau Maekara Zutto Suki 知りあう前からずっと好き was released in 1995.[4]

In 2001, she returned to publishing with the concluding part of Fūko to Yūrei.

She won the Japan Juvenile Writers Association Prize 2007 for Rainette, Kin Iro no Ringo, a love story of a Japanese girl and a Belarusian boy who was exposed to radiation of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

In May 2008, she wrote a story for Shōjo manga after an interval of 18 years. The manga Loreley was drawn by Kaya Tachibana.[5]

She has a husband and a daughter, they enjoy vacation at their cottage in Prince Edward Island every summer. Terry Kamikawa, a student of Anne of Green Gables and hostess of Blue Winds Tea Room in P.E.I, is her best friend.

She has a collection of heart shaped objects. Part of her collection is shown on the Aoitori Bunko official site.[6]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Sanremo ni Kanpai サンレモにかんぱい (as Keiko Nagita, art by Waki Yamato) 1970
  • Brandenburg no Asa ブランデンブルグの朝 (as Keiko Nagita, art by Waki Yamato) 1970
  • Le Grand Anne Gou wa Yuku ル・グラン・アンヌ号はゆく (as Keiko Nagita, art by Waki Yamato) 1970
  • Greenhill Monogatari グリーンヒル物語 (as Keiko Nagita, art by Yasuko Aoike) 1970-1971
  • Lorient no Aoi Sora ロリアンの青い空 (as Keiko Nagita, art by Yoko Shima) 1974-1975
  • Candy Candy キャンディ・キャンディ (as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Yumiko Igarashi) 1975-1979
  • Etruria no Ken エトルリアの剣 (as Keiko Nagita, art by Kyoko Fumizuki) 1975
  • Miriam Blue no Mizuumi ミリアムブルーの湖 (as Keiko Nagita, art by Yasuko Aoike) 1975
  • Hoshi eno Kaidan 星への階段 (as Akane Kouda, art by Akemi Matsuzaki) 1975
  • Byakuya no Nightingale 白夜のナイチンゲール (as Keiko Nagita, art by Yoko Shima) 1976-1977
  • Bara no Ki 薔薇の樹 (as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Chikako Kikukawa) 1978
  • Premier Muguet プルミエ・ミュゲ (as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Yoko Hanabusa) 1979-1981
  • Kirara Boshi no Daiyogen きらら星の大予言 (as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Yū Asagiri) 1980-1981
  • Sunday's Child サンデイズチャイルド(as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Tsubasa Nunoura) 1980-1981
  • Tim Tim Circus ティム・ティム・サーカス (as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Yumiko Igarashi) 1981-1982
  • Loreley ローレライ (as Kyoko Mizuki, art by Kaya Tachibana) 2008


As Keiko Nagita

  • Candy Candy キャンディ・キャンディ 1978
  • Umi ni Otiru Yuki 海におちる雪 1980
  • Night Game ナイトゲ-ム 1985
  • Moonlight Express ム-ンライト・エクスプレス 1986
  • Fūko to Yūrei series ふ-ことユ-レイ (art by Yumi Kayama) 1988-2002
  • Umizikan no Marin 海時間のマリン 1992
  • Akai Mi Haziketa 赤い実はじけた 1999
  • Hoshi no Kakera 星のかけら 2000-2001
  • Tenshi no Hashigo 天使のはしご 2002-2003
  • Koppu no Naka no Yuuzora コップのなかの夕空 2004-2005
  • air 2003
  • Rainette, Kin Iro no Ringo レネット 金色の林檎 2006
  • Ballerina Jikenbo series バレリーナ事件簿 2006-2008
  • Birthday Club series バースディクラブ (art by Yu Azuki) 2006-


As Keiko Nagita

  • Kaeru 還る 1969
  • Omoide wa Utawanai 思い出は歌わない 1974
  • Otanjoubi ni お誕生日に (art by Yoko Sano) 1975
  • Fifty フィフティ 2004


As Keiko Nagita

  • Mouitido Utatte もういちど歌って 1978
  • Nagita Keiko Hitoritabi 名木田恵子ひとり旅 1980
  • Anne no Shima, Kazedayori アンの島・風だより 1993 collaboration with Terry Kamikawa
  • Islander Monogatari, Anne no Sima no Hitobito アイランダ-物語 アンの島の人々 1997

Picture booksEdit

As Keiko Nagita

  • kodansha Ohimesama Ehon4 Ningyohime 講談社おひめさま絵本4 にんぎょひめ (art by Makoto Takahashi) 1971
  • Nemutai Kirin ねむたいキリン (art by Keiji Nakamura) 1979
  • Monmonku wa Yasasii モンモンクはやさしい (art by Makoto Obo) 1979
  • Shampoo Ōji no Bouken シャンプー王子のぼうけん (art by Makoto Kubota) 2004
  • Shampoo Ōji to Kitanai Kotoba シャンプー王子ときたないことば (art by Makoto Kubota) 2005
  • Shampoo Ōji to Daiakutou シャンプー王子と大あくとう (art by Makoto Kubota) 2006


As Keiko Nagita

  • Candy Candy キャンディ・キャンディ (composition: Takeo Watanabe, performance:Mitsuko Horie)
  • Ashita ga Suki あしたがすき (composition: Takeo Watanabe, performance:Mitsuko Horie)
  • Futari kiri no Lullaby ふたりきりのララバイ (composition: Juichi Sase, performance:Ruo Megimi)
  • Tazunebito futagoza 尋ね人ふたご座 (composition: Juichi Sase, performance:Ruo Megimi)
  • Ame no Suizokukan 雨の水族館 (composition: Satsuya Iwasawa, performance:Ruo Megimi)
  • Shabondama Love しゃぼんだまラブ (composition: Masami Koizumi, performance:Ruo Megimi)
  • Shiriau Maekara Zutto Suki 知りあう前からずっと好き (composition: Toru Okada, performance:Yoko Ishida)
  • Shizuku wa Anata no Sign しずくはあなたのサイン (composition: Toru Okada, performance:Mitsuko Horie)
  • Uwasa Shitteruwa 噂知ってるわ (composition and performance:Miyuki Yokoyama)
  • Shampoo Ōji no Bouken シャンプー王子の冒険 (composition: Hironobu Kageyama, performance:Ikuko)
  • Shampoo Ōji no Komoriuta シャンプー王子の子守唄 (composition: Hironobu Kageyama, performance:Mayu Miyauchi)


  • "Candy Candy Reborn". ITOMARU. Archived from the original on 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  • "WE LOVE CANDY CANDY" (in Japanese and English). CandyCandy lovers. Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2007-04-15.


  1. ^ "Kyoko Mizuki official site". Retrieved 2008-05-28.[dead link]
  2. ^ Ito, Saiko (October 1999). Manga Gensakusha Interviewers. Dobunshoin. ISBN 978-4-8103-7661-6.
  3. ^ Fūko to Yūrei has been published in Indonesia and South Korea.
  4. ^ Toru Okada is a friend from Nagita's childhood.
  5. ^ "Shodensha Inc. RomaPuri official site". Archived from the original on 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  6. ^ "Kodansha Aoitori Bunko official site". Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2008-05-04.

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