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TADA Kaoru  [Edit]
Associated Names
Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
Birth Date
September 25, 1960
Last Updated
November 4th, 5:48pm PST
Tada made her debut in 1977, when still a high-school student, on Shueisha's "Deluxe Margaret" magazine. Tada's stories belong to the shoujo genre of manga and feature love stories centered around young female characters and their love interests. The storylines include comedic moments and are characterised by essential and sharp drawings. Some of Tada's most popular works are Aishite Knight, Itazura na Kiss and Kimi no Na wa Deborah.

Aishite Knight portrays the Japanese rock music scene of the early 1980's. The anime series based on Ai Shite Knight was the first ever to feature original songs performed within the episodes. Another of Tada's works, Miha Paradise is also set in the rock 'n' roll world.

Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) - begun in 1991 and never completed - was by far Tada's most successful work in Japan. It tells the love story between Kotoko and Naoki from high school until after their marriage. The series inspired also an illustrated art book "Itazura na Kiss Illustration Shuu" and two novels written by Nori Harata and published in Shueisha's "Cobalt" series. In 1996 a live action Japanese TV series based on Itazura na Kiss was also produced, starring Aiko Satoo as Kotoko and Takashi Kashiwabara as Naoki. In 2005, the series was adapted into a Taiwanese drama under the name of It Started With a Kiss.

Kaoru Tada died on 11 March, 1999, aged only 38, following a domestic accident which occurred while she was moving to a new house with her husband and son.
Blood Type
Shoujo(17)  Romance(7)  Comedy(2)  Drama(2)  School Life(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Aishi Koishi no Manon!   Shoujo   1986
Aishite Knight   Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo   1981
Akogare Iro no Canvas ni...   Shoujo   1982
Deborah ga Rival   Romance, Shoujo   1997
Gakuen Magic   Shoujo   1985
Horeru yo! Koi   Shoujo   1986
Itazura na Kiss   Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo   1990
Kakko Tsuken na yo!!   Shoujo   1981
Kawaii Oji-sama   Shoujo   1984
Kimagure Angel   Romance, Shoujo   1988
Kimi no Na na Deborah   Romance, Shoujo   1994
Kinta-kun ni Goyoujin!   Romance, Shoujo   1982
Miha Paradise   Romance, Shoujo   1990
Pishittosee yo!! Pishitto!     --
Sabishigariya no Deborah   Shoujo   1987
Tada Kaoru Jisen Kessakushuu   Shoujo   1991
Tada Kaoru: The Best   Shoujo   2002
Teens Bravo   Shoujo   1986
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