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Hideko Mizuno (水野英子 | Mizuno Hideko; born October 29, 1939) is one of the first successful female Japanese shōjo manga artists.[1]

Life & CareerEdit

Mizuno was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan in 1939.

She was an assistant of Osamu Tezuka staying in Tokiwa-sō. She made her professional debut in 1955 with Akakke Kouma Pony, a Western story with a tomboy heroine.[2] She became a prominent shōjo artist in the 1960s and 1970s, starting with White Troika, which serialized in Margaret in 1963. Mizuno also created Harp of the Stars in 1969, a love story drawing from Norse mythology.[2]

Mizuno is best known for Fire! (1969–1971), one of the first shōjo manga with a boy protagonist,[3] for which she won the 1970 Shogakukan Manga Award.[4] Her Honey Honey no Suteki na Bouken (1966) was adapted as an anime television series,[2] licensed in English as Honey Honey on CBN Cable Network.

Some of Mizuno's works star adult women as protagonists, arguably making her a pioneer of josei manga as well. Mizuno was inspired by Hollywood romantic films like those featuring Audrey Hepburn.[5]

Further readingEdit

  • Profile at The Ultimate Manga Guide
  • Pinon, Matthieu and Laurent Lefebvre. "Hideko Mizuno", Histoire(s) du manga moderne: 1952-2014. Ynnis, 2016 (ISBN 9791093376400). p. 37.

Sources Edit

  1. Toku, Masami. "The Power of Girls’ Comics: The Value and Contribution to Visual Culture and Society". Published Nov 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Toku, Masami, ed. "Profile and Interview with Hideko Mizuno", International Perspectives on Shojo and Shojo Manga: The Influence of Girl Culture. Routledge, 2015 (ISBN 9781317610755). pp. 160-167.
  3. Schodt, Frederik L. Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics. Kodansha, 1983.
  4. 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (archive.org), Shogakukan. Archived 5 Aug 2015.
  5. Lent, John A. Illustrating Asia : comics, humor magazines, and picture books. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2001 (ISBN 0824824717). p. 178
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