Biographies of Japanese Artists
Clamp is a group of female Mangaka. They have created many hit-selling mangas and 100 million of their tankobons have been sold worldwide. The group members are Satsuki Igurashi, Nanase Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi,and Mokona. Clamp was originally formed in 1987 as a twelve-membered group. At that time Nanase Ohkawa wasn't part of the group, but due to a friend she became part of the group. By 1989 the group had diminished to seven and the mangas were coming in faster by the minute. During the production of RG Veda, all but four members didn't give up. They are the recent group we know now. Some of their mangas are Magic Knight Rayearth, Miyuki-chan in WonderLand, The One I Love, Cardcaptor Sakura, Wish, Angelic Layer, Suki Dakara Suki, Chobits, and Clamp No Kiseki.
Rumiko Takahashi is one of the most wealthiest individuals, and also the most-affluent mangaka in Japan. Rumiko's work is very famous in the United States and Europe. She is the best selling female mangaka in history. Born in Niigata, Japan, Rumiko had very little interest in mangas even though she doodled on most of her school work. Ursei Yatsura was one of Rumiko's major series even though they started out rough due to publshing difficulties. In 1980, she created her romantic-comedy for older audiences Maison Ikkoku. However, Maison Ikkoku came to be only 15 manga series. Later in 1987, she created her third major series, Ranma 1/2 a gender-bending twist series. Ranma 1/2 is most famous among manga fans outside of Japan. During the 1990's she made her fourth major hit InuYasha a series that had a whole mix of genres. This series was the longest by far she ever made.
Masashi Kishimoto is well known for his famous anime Naruto. Masashi was born on November 8, 1974 in Nagi, Okayama, Japan. Along side his twin brother, Seishi Kishimoto famous for 666 Satan and Blazer Drive, lived their dream as a manga artist. Masashi's first work as a manga artist was Karakuri. Naruto was published in the Weekly Shonen Jump and winning the monthly "Hot Step Award". At least 44 of the series of Naruto were released in the U.S. and over 71 million copies were sold in Japan.
Kentaro Yabuki is a manga artist and his mentors are Death Note, and Hikaru No Go illustrated by Takeishi Obata. Kentaro is best known for his series Black Cat which consisted of 20 volumes. He is also the artist and collaborator of the series To Love Ru alongside his assistant, Saki Hasemi.
Arina Tanemura is a manga artist that focuses her work mostly on Shoujo. Arina's first full manga series was ION which began serializing in 1997. Arina is mostly known for her series, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, and Full Moon Wo Sagashite.
Clamp(manga artists). Accesed 1 May 2009.
Rumiko Takahashi. Accesed 1 May 2009.
Masashi Kishimoto. Accesed 1 May 2009.
Kentaro Yabuki. Accesed 1 May 2009.
Arina Tanemura. Accesed 1 May 2009.