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Hiro Fujiwara is a female shoujo manga artist. She is the creator of Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka.

BiographyEdit

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CareerEdit

Hiro Fujiwara made her debut by winning the Best Rookie award in the 144th LaLa Mangaka Scout Course for her work Kaeri Michi, Yuki no Netsu (帰り道、雪の熱). However, this was won under her name, Hiro Izumi[1] and it went on to be published in the April 2005 issue of LaLa DX.[2]

She has submitted a few works to Hakusensha's other contest besides the manga artist's other attempts at the LMS and LMG. Those works are, Daiari. (だいあり。, Diary.), Kakera, Hitotsu (欠片、ひとつ), Fly and another untitled work that was going to be sent in to year 2002's LaLa Mangaka Scout Course. Diary. was sent into the 40th Big Challenge Awards but was not short-listed. She was placed 19th for Kakera, Hitotsu that was sent-in to the Hana to Yume Mangaka Course. The third work, Fly was submitted to the 27th Hakusensha Athena Newcomers' Awards and was mentioned in the 2nd issue of Hana to Yume as well as the February issue of LaLa.[3]

Nevertheless, her second work was published six months after she won the Best Rookie award in the LaLa Mangaka Scout Course. However, it was her first work to be published under the current pen name,[4] Hiro Fujiwara. Akai Yume (紅い夢, The Crimson Colored Dream) won the 36th LaLa Manga Grand Prix's Fresh Debut Award and was published in the November issue of LaLa DX in year 2004. In the same month, she also had another work titled Hanjuku Wolf (半熟ウルフ) serialized in LaLa Special.

In year 2005, she started the year by serializing Kimi no Hidamari (君の陽だまり, Your Sunny Spot) in the March issue of LaLa DX. Three months later, she went on to publish another one-shot, Shōnen Scramble (少年スクランブル, The Young Boy's Scramble) and made her debut in LaLa DX's sister magazine, LaLa. In the November issue of LaLa DX, she published her last work of the year, Tōmei na Sekai (透明な世界, The Transparent World) which was also later compiled together into Kaichō wa Maid-sama!'s volume one.

For year 2006, she made her last one-shot titled Kaichō wa Maid-sama! (会長はメイド様!, lit. Class President is a Maid!) which was published in the February issue of LaLa. She inspired in some things of Gakuen Alice of Tachibana Higuchi for do her manga, where discovered the Hakusensha editorial. However, this one-shot's popularity had made the one-shot spanned into a manga series which is currently serializing in LaLa. It was ended in 2013 with 18 volumes published in Japan and three one-shot specials.

In 2014, she made a new series titled Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka (ユキは地獄に堕ちるのか, lit. Will Yuki Fall Into Hell?) .It was ended in 2016 with 6 volumes published in Japan and a one-shot special.

Personal LifeEdit

Hiro Fujiwara was born on December 23, 1981 in Hyōgo Prefecture. She also has 2 older brothers and 2 cats but is currently living alone. She said that one of her older brothers was an Otaku and anonymously posted the story of his younger sister, Hiro, on the web radio of her work Kaichō wa Maid-sama! in connection with its story of the Younger Sister Day.

She normally speaks standard Japanese but when she relaxes or let her guard down, she will speak in a Kansai accent in which she can hardly have control of. She also states that currently, she listens to songs by Akeboshi and Rie fu although her all-time favourite singer is Hikaru Utada. She uses background music while doing work.

She also says that being a manga artist was a dream profession when she was young. During high school, she concentrated in playing double bass. While doing literature in a university, she had a gap-year of 4 years to choose what she wanted to be. She started to become a manga artist after she graduated. She mentions that during her university days, she became an assistant for a manga artist and that the experience had helped her with her work now.

She seems to be friends with Yuki Fujitsuka who authored Toremoto Beat. Fujitsuka's name came up in Kaichō wa Maid-sama!'s 5th volume during the closing credits and Fujiwara also listed her as 'Yuki-sama' in her official website. The author and Yuki Fujitsuka both won the same category in the 31st Hakusensha Athena Newcomers' Awards in year 2006.

She also mentioned that all the characters in Kaichō wa Maid-sama! are easy to draw with the exception of Usui.

According to her old website, she does original CG and manga of all genres. She has also written poems.

WorksEdit

SeriesEdit

  • Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka (ユキは地獄に堕ちるのか) 2014-2016
  • Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (会長はメイド様!) 2005-2013

OneshotsEdit

  • Kono Mama ja Dame Mitai desu(このままじゃダメみたいです) Ao LaLa's July 2012 issue
  • Kyoukai no Shinigami (鏡界の死神) Kuro LaLa's September 2011 issue
  • Toumei na Sekai (透明な世界) LaLaDX's November 2005 issue
  • Shounen Scramble (少年スクランブル) LaLa's June 2005 issue
  • Kimi no Hidamari (君の陽だまり) LaLaDX's March 2005 issue
  • Hanjuku Wolf (半熟ウルフ) LaLa Special

Debut WorkEdit

OthersEdit

TriviaEdit

  • She was mistaken as a male (because of her name) and a student.[5]
  • Has a list of all LaLa manga artist on her Twitter.
  • Attended Tennis Club on her middle school, high school and college days

ReferencesEdit

  1. コミックホームズ – 和泉ヒロ.
  2. コミックホームズ – LaLaDX2004年05月号.
  3. ZERO: Comic.
  4. Zero: Profile.
  5. いきヌッキ プロフィール. “"紛らわしい名前ですが、女です。たまに学生と間違われる事がありますが、社会人なお年頃です”

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