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Watanabe Taeko (渡辺 多恵子)

About WATANABE Taeko

In the 80’s Watanabe Taeko was one of the most popular authors working for Bessatsu Shoujo Comic. Watanabe made her debut in 1979 with “Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai” (Waka’s hot love period) on Bessatsu Shoujo Comic.

Watanabe Taeko has twice received the Shogakukan Manga Award, in 1991 forHajime-chan ga Ichiban! and in 2003 for Kaze Hikaru.

Works

Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai (和佳ちゃんの熱愛時代), 1979

Family! (ファミリー!), 1982–1985 

Story: The story of the (virtually) ever-happy family Anderson from California. One day a little boy stands in front of their home and claims to be the illegitimate son of father Anderson.

The main characters are the lovable members of the Andersons; each one has his or her own different characterstics which conflict and support the others’. By going through many events (meaningful ones as well as weird ones) together, the bond between them grows stronger and tighter.

A very funny series with adorable characters and a good sense of self irony: in the later series a Japanese exchange student starts living with the Andersons and she’s exactly what many people might expect from an Asian family!

Tate yoko naname prism ’80 (たて・よこ・ななめプリズム’80), 1983

Short stories collection.

Boku tachi no sorairo (ぼくたちの空色), 1984 

Short stories collection.

Joseph e no tsuisou (ジョセフへの追想), 1986 

Story: A masterpiece SF fantasy about a boy who grew up in the Saint Joseph island… Also includes a short story “Another September”. 結婚を約束した幼馴染の2人ジョセフとユニスを無情に引き裂く、切ないSF短編の傑作. 他にも思春期の葛藤を眩しく描く短編「僕の胸も熱くなる」、「恋文-love letter-」etc・・・

Saint fourteen graffetti (聖14グラフィティ), 1986–1987 

Story: A 14 years old girl has been looked after by her good looking twin brothers since the death of their parents. She has been in love with her next door childhood friend since a long time ago, and she is determined to go out with him regardless of obstacles! Problem is, her brothers can be over-projective on their little sister….  A sweet and heart-warming story!

(レイカノエ -空への花束-), 1987

Story: Short story about a hula dancer facing racial discrimination problems in the heart of exotic Hawaii. Published in PLATINUM BOYS.1 of Kadokawa Shoten Publishing.

Hajime chan ga ichiban! (はじめちゃんが一番!), 1989–1995 

Story: Okano Hajime is an ordinary – or maybe below ordinary – girl who was forced to take care everything in the family since she was young, because her family was very poor. Hajime’s younger brothers are quintuplets, and they were scouted by a music company. Their appearance in a TV commercial leads to their being scouted for a show, but trouble lies ahead. Thus, the realistic yet dreamy older sister had to try harder to watch over her restless brothers and to pursue her own idol, who was in the very same company.

Ame ni niteiru (雨に似ている), 1992 

Story: A collection of two one-shots.

– Ame ni niteiru: The same cast that appeared Hajime-chan’s ga ichiban! now stars in this special movie extra edition. Includes one other story. A beautiful, cheerful yet sad shounen-ai story.
– And my heart becomes warm: An interesting story about a boy with a possible curse in his family: all males die young.

We are, 1995 

Story: Mizuki is a elementary school student who aiming to be an artist, altough his parent didn’t allow him to. Akira is a girly-looking boy who is really an introvert and has trauma for a bad experience he had that brought him to meet Mizuki. Together, they’re helping each other to make their dreams come true. Sequel to Hajime chan ga ichiban! 

Mune no Kin’iro (胸の金色), 1996

Story: Getting the second button of the boy she likes at a graduation ceremony is Ayu’s dream since she entered a junior high school. She meets a mysterious group of three people.

Boku no mune mo atsuku naru (僕の胸も熱くなる), 1988

 

Story: Short stories collection

森川喜寿17歳、青春時代の真っ盛り。だけど、彼の望みはただひとつ、平穏な日々を送ること。ニヒルな人生観をもつにはシリアスな理由があるのだが、ともかく影の薄い男の子なのだった。ある日、喜寿は妙な事情で風変わりな老教授と英国美女と知り合いになる・・・。希望に背を向けた少年に熱い血潮が甦る。表題作ほか「胸の金色」「キチキチ」などからなるスクールデイズ・ドリーム!

Mou hitotsu no Kugatsu (もうひとつの九月), 1997

Story: At the beginning of September, Hiro is reported to have died falling from a waterfall. Yuuta, his closest friend, is very shocked to hear this. Why did Hiro do that? Shonen-ai.

Also contains short stories, “Coming Out” and “Kichi Kichi”.

夏のおわりのある日、佑太の親友のヒロが宮の沢の崖から落ちて死んでしまった。そこは佑太の父親の故郷で、山奥に誰も住んでいないあばら家が残っている。佑太と佑太の父親、そしてヒロが夏休みの1週間を一緒に過ごしたばかりの場所だった。葬式の日、始めてヒロの家庭の事情を知った佑太。一番の親友だと思っていたのに彼のことを何も知らなかった。悲しみで眠れない夜を過ごす佑太の前に、ある晩、死んだはずのヒロが現れた!?ユーレイでもいい、ヒロが会いに来てくれた、と喜ぶ佑太。そんな彼にヒロは「僕を成仏させてほしい」と言う。ヒロの願いを叶えようとした佑太は…!? ●収録作品 もうひとつの9月/COMING OUT!/キチキチ (出版社からのコメント: 夏のおわりのある日、親友のヒロが死んだ…。突然の訃報。悲しみで眠れない夜を過ごす佑太。そんな佑太の前にある晩、死んだはずのヒロの幽霊が現れて…!?)

Kaze Hikaru (風光る), 1997 – ongoing ★ + 

Story: In the year 1863, a time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining the Mibu-Roshi–a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. In time, this group would become one of the greatest (and most famous) movements in Japanese history… the Shinsengumi!

In 2003 Kaze Hikaru won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo.
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