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Welcome to Ai Yazawa Wiki
Ai Yazawa's characters and works, in hopes of providing an accurate source of information. This wiki covers her early works, like Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai and Marine Blue no Kaze ni Dakarete to the fan favorites, Nana and Paradise Kiss. The wiki format allows anyone to create or edit articles, so we can all work to make a comprehensive database.
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About Ai Yazawa
Ai Yazawa (矢沢あい Yazawa Ai, born March 7, 1967 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan) is a popular manga artist of series, such as Nana, Gokinjo Monogatari, Paradise Kiss, etc. She debuted in Ribon magazine with Ano Natsu sometime in the mid-1980's. She wrote several short stories, like 15-nenme and Kaze ni Nare!, before hitting moderate success with Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai. Ten-nai was adapted into a OVA in 1994, along with an artbook. Yazawa's popularity grew with the serialization of Gokinjo Monogatari, which was adapted into a fifty episode anime, a series of light novels, and an artbook. Her series, Kagen no Tsuki was the first of her works to be made into a live-action film. Yazawa started her most popular works, Paradise Kiss and Nana, around the same time in 1999. ParaKiss was made into an anime, and a film. Nana was adapted into two films, an anime, three video games, and several books.
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Nana (ナナ) is Yazawa's latest work, and arguably her most popular. It centers around two girls that share the same name, Nana Komatsu, and Nana Osaki. It was serialized in the magazine, Cookie, and published by Shueisha in Japan. In America, it was serialized in Shojo Beat, and published by Viz Media. A live-action film was released in 2005 with a sequel released shortly after in 2006. An anime was aired from 2006 to 2007 with a total of forty-seven episodes. The manga is currently on hold, after Yazawa's sudden illness in 2009.
Did you know?
- ...that Ai Yazawa is a big fan of Rumi Shishido, and that Yazawa did the cover art of Shishido's album, Rumi Roll?
- ...that Yazawa's first published manga was called, 15-nenme, which means "15th Year" in English?
- ...that Ai Yazawa is good friends with Wataru Yoshizumi (creator of Maramalade Boy), Miho Obana (creator of Kodocha), and Megumi Mizusawa (creator of Hime-chan's Ribbon)?
- ...that Yazawa debuted in Ribon with "Ano Natsu" in 1985?