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Kiyohiko Azuma (東清彦 or あずまきよひこ Azuma Kiyohiko?, born May 27, 1968 in Takasago, Hyōgo Prefecture) is a Japanese manga author and artist. In his manga he writes under the hiragana form of his name, which has led some people to confuse him for a female (as there is no way to tell if the end of his name is the feminine -ko or the masculine -hiko). He used to use the pen name Jōji Jonokuchi (序ノ口譲二 Jonokuchi Jōji?) in his H manga.[1] He graduated from Hyōgo Prefectural Kakogawa East High School in Kakogawa and Kobe Design University.

His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh.[2] His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine. Other works of his include dōjinshi involving characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo!, Battle Athletes and Dragon Ball among others.

Azuma's style of art is easily recognizable, having distinguished itself from common shōjo and shōnen art styles in the 1990s.[citation needed] His most recent original works, Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!, are both in the slice of life genre.



  • Inma no Ranbu (1997)
  • "Try! Try! Try!" (1998-2001)
  • Wallaby (1998-2000)
  • Azumanga Daioh (1999-2002)
    • Azumanga Ohdama (あずまんが大玉 Azumanga Ōdama?) (1999)
    • Azumanga Daioh: Supplementary Lessons (あずまんが大王・補習編 Azumanga Daiô Hoshūhen?) (2009)
  • Yotsuba&! (2003-ongoing)


  • Azumanga: Kiyohiko Azuma Anthology (あずまんが あずまきよひこ作品集 Azumanga: Azuma Kiyohiko Sakuhinshū?) (1998)
  • Azumanga 2: Kiyohiko Azuma Anthology (あずまんが2 あずまきよひこ作品集 Azumanga 2: Azuma Kiyohiko Sakuhinshū?) (2001)
  • Azumanga Recycle (あずまんがリサイクル Azumanga Risaikuru?) (2001)

Character Designs

  • Mai Maino (舞野舞?), a character from Queen of Duelists: Sidestory α+ (クイーン・オブ・デュエリスト外伝α+ Kuīn obu Dyuerisuto Gaiden α+?) (video game, for adults, 1994) *debut
  • MILLION FEVER (1994 video game)
  • Hikaru's Exchange (ひかるEXCHANGE Hikaru Exchange?) (video game, for adults)
  • Magical Play (2001–2002 anime)


  • Leaf Fight TCG (as one of main painters)
  • Aquarian Age TCG


  1. "It's not *zu*nga! Not A*man**! We received some Joji Jonokuchi.". Mandarake (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. Aoki, Deb. "Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma – Yotsuba to! Manga Profile and Story Summary". Retrieved 15 March 2010. His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh 

External links

Official Sites


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