Yuu Kamiya

Thiago Furukawa Lucas (born 10 November 1984),[1] who goes by his pen name Yuu Kamiya (榎宮 祐, Kamiya Yū), is a Brazilian-Japanese novelist, illustrator,[2] and virtual YouTuber[clarification needed]. He worked on Takaya Kagami's light novel adaptation of A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives.[3] In 2013, he then worked on writing and illustrating his own light novel series No Game No Life which has been adapted into anime,[3] was listed as one of the top-selling light novels in 2014[4][5] and was one of ten light novel series to receive a Yomiuri Shimbun Sugoi Japan Award.[6] In 2015, his newer light novel and manga series Clockwork Planet was greenlit for an anime adaptation.[7] In 2011, he married Mashiro Hiiragi, who would work on the manga adaptation of No Game No Life.

Yuu Kamiya
BornThiago Furukawa Lucas
(1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 36)
Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Area(s)Novelist, illustrator
Notable works
No Game No Life
Clockwork Planet
Signature

CareerEdit

Kamiya is of Brazilian-Japanese descent (half-Brazilian, quarter-Italian/Portuguese, quarter-Japanese).[8] He was born in Brazil, spent his childhood in the United States, and moved to Japan at the age of 7[9] where he lives currently.[10] His legal nationality is Brazilian.[11]

In elementary school, he was bullied due to being a foreigner, and in junior high school he did not go to school and played video games instead. In high school, he started drawing and began working in dо̄jin, but for his first dо̄jinshi sales event, he sold zero copies.[12] However, at the request of an industry insider who saw his dо̄jin magazine, his color illustrations and manga were published in the 3rd volume of the MELTY BLOOD Anthology, making his commercial debut while still in high school.

In November 2005, Kamiya appeared in Dengeki Comic Gao! with his series E.A.r.T.h, making his official mangaka debut. This series finished with 4 volumes in April 2008.

In February 2008, he begun publishing Gurīdo Paketto ∞ in ASCII Media Works's Dengeki Maoh magazine. Gurīdo Paketto ∞ has been in an indefinite hiatus since August 2011 since Kamiya was diagnosed with stomach cancer in May of the same year.[13]

In November 2008, he started illustrating for the light novel series A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives by Takaya Kagami. This series became a hit and was made into an anime in July 2011.

In April 2012, Kamiya started publishing the light novel series No Game, No Life which he wrote and illustrated himself. The series was a success and an anime adaptation was announced in July 2013, which aired from April to June 2014.

In April 2013, Kamiya's second light novel series Clockwork Planet, in joint authorship with Tsubaki Himana, began publishing.

Both No Game, No Life and Clockwork Planet have been adapted to manga with Kamiya writing and Mashiro Hiiragi illustrating. According to Kamiya, this is his "de facto return" to the manga business.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

When discussing the origin of his pen name, he said he liked the sound of "Kamiya" and wanted 神谷 (Kamiya) to be his surname, however Kamiya said that he was afraid to call himself using these kanji so he split the name into two parts, "Ka" and "miya." He then converted each portion with his eyes closed for a few seconds before landing on "榎" (Ka) and "宮" (miya) respectively. As for "Yū" (祐), Kamiya believes he took it from the name of the main protagonist of Kanon, Yuichi Aizawa, which he was passionate about at the time.[15]

His style of illustration is often called Kamiya-nuri (榎宮塗り, lit. Kamiya-coating), which describes the vivid rainbow-coloring his illustrations usually have.

Kamiya initially worked as an illustrator, but later focused on being a mangaka. When his first light novel illustration job, Iregyrāzu Paradaizu, was terminated for undisclosed reasons, he wanted to try his hand at manga where he alone was responsible for everything. For this reason, Kamiya rarely takes many illustration jobs for light novels and is also why he has turned down manga adaptation job offers.[16]

He is a fan of the Touhou Project series of games, many illustrations present on his official website of characters like Suwako Moriya[17] and Flandre Scarlet.[18]

In May 2011, Kamiya was diagnosed with stomach cancer.[13] He was discharged from the hospital in August and is still undergoing treatment for cancer prevention. After the diagnosis, he decided to focus on writing light novels due to it being more compatible with treatment.

In August 2011, Kamiya married his manga assistant, Mashiro Hiiragi. On May 7, 2015, it was reported that he and Mashiro Hiiragi had a child together.[19]

WorksEdit

List of Kamiya's major works
Title Year Notes Refs
E.A.r.T.h (エアリセ, Earise) 2006 Published by Dengeki Comics, 1 volume released [2][20]
Greed Packet Unlimited (グリードパケット∞) 2008 Spin-off to Earth series
Published by ASCII Media Works in 4 volumes
[2][21]
A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives light novels
Illustrator; written by Takaya Kagami
2008 [3]
No Game No Life light novels 2012–present Imprinted by MF Bunko J
Published by Media Factory in 10 volumes
[3][22][23]
No Game No Life manga
illustrated by Mashiro Hiiragi, Yuu Kamiya
2013–present Serialized in Monthly Comic Alive
Published by Media Factory in 2 volumes
[22][23]
Clockwork Planet light novels
with Tsubaki Himana, illustrated by Shino
2013–2015 Published by Kodansha in 4 volumes [7][24][25]
Clockwork Planet manga
with Tsubaki Himana, illustrated by Kuro
2013–2018 Serialized in Monthly Shonen Sirius
Published by Kodansha in 10 volumes
[7][24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "榎宮さんちのぶろぐ". seesaa.net. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Tobace, Ewerthon (25 March 2009). "Brasileiro faz sucesso como desenhista de mangá no Japão" [A Brazilian man is successful as manga designer in Japan] (in Portuguese). Brazil: BBC Brasil. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "No Game, No Life Anime's 1st Promo Video, Cast, Staff Unveiled". Anime News Network. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2014". Anime News Network. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Volume: 2014". Anime News Network. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Yomiuri Shimbun's 'Sugoi Japan Awards' Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Clockwork Planet Novels Co-Written by No Game, No Life Author Get Anime". Anime News Network. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ "まああれですよ: 榎宮さんちのぶろぐ". ykp3.seesaa.net. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  9. ^ KONBANWA SHIGA【Portugues】20111124, retrieved 30 May 2021
  10. ^ "榎宮祐のインタビュー(144件) - 「榎宮さんは日本人じゃないんですか?」 - ザ・インタビューズ". web.archive.org. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  11. ^ "榎宮祐のインタビュー(144件) - 「生まれはブラジルとの事ですが、国籍もブラジルなのでしょうか?奥さんとは書類上 ...」 - ザ・インタビューズ". web.archive.org. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  12. ^ "榎宮祐のインタビュー(144件) - 「どんな学生時代でしたか? 思い出話などを聞かせてください」 - ザ・インタビューズ". web.archive.org. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  13. ^ a b "お仕事告知: 榎宮さんちのぶろぐ". ykp3.seesaa.net. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  14. ^ No Game, No Life Vol. 4 Afterword
  15. ^ "榎宮祐のインタビュー(144件) - 「HNの由来を教えてください」 - ザ・インタビューズ". web.archive.org. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  16. ^ "榎宮祐のインタビュー(144件) - 「榎宮さんはイラストレーター兼漫画家として活躍されていらっしゃいますが、どのよ ...」 - ザ・インタビューズ". web.archive.org. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  17. ^ "近況報告: 榎宮さんちのぶろぐ". ykp3.seesaa.net. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  18. ^ "夏コミ頒布物3: 榎宮さんちのぶろぐ". ykp3.seesaa.net. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Kamiya's Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  20. ^ "単行本全巻:エアリセ(DENGEKI COMICS)" [Paperback whole volume: Earise (DENGEKI COMICS)]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  21. ^ "単行本全巻:グリードパケット∞ドラマCDつき特装版(電撃コミックス)" [Paperback whole volume: Greed packet ∞ drama CD with Special Edition (Dengeki Comics)]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  22. ^ a b "単行本全巻:ノーゲーム・ノーライフ(MFコミックス / アライブシリーズ)" [Paperback whole volume: No Game No Life (MF Comics / Alive series)]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Yen Press' Light Novel Imprint Adds Log Horizon, No Game No Life, Devil is a Part-timer!". Anime News Network. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  24. ^ a b "単行本全巻:クロックワーク・プラネット(シリウスKC)" [Paperback whole volume: Clockwork Planet (Sirius KC)]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  25. ^ "クロックワーク・プラネット|ラノベ文庫". Kodansha. Retrieved 7 May 2014.

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