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IKEDA Riyoko  [Edit]
Associated Names
Name (in native language)
Birth Place
Osaka, Japan.
Birth Date
December 18, 1947
Last Updated
September 9th, 8:20am PST
IKEDA Riyoko is one of the 24-Gumi (aka the Year 24 Group), a group of female artists that pioneered the shoujo genre. She was one of the most popular Japanese comic-artists in the 1970s, being best known for The Rose of Versailles (see also the manga's Wikipedia article).

For a while, she gave up drawing manga to pursue a musical career. She studied singing at the Music Academy and then embarked on a new and successful career as soprano, releasing two albums and taking part in a number of international tours.

She made a comeback to the comics industry as a scenarist in 1999. Her use of foreign settings and androgynous themes made such works of hers as The Rose of Versailles and Orpheus no Mado enormous successes.

In 2009, she received France's top honor, the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, at the degree of Chevalier (Knight). Well known in English as the French Legion of Honor, it was established by Napoleon Bonaparte, who she had made the subject of her 12-volume sequel to The Rose of Versailles, Eikou no Napoleon, which ended in 1995 (see also this manga's Wikipedia article).

From ANN:

Ambassador Philippe Faure presented Ikeda with the Chavelier (Knight) medal and said that Japanese people have a cultural awareness of France's history, language, and cuisine thanks to Ikeda's works. Ikeda said that she gave up her entire life from the age of 24 to 26 to draw her shōjo manga classic. She added that she had long aspired for the honor she received.
Blood Type
Shoujo(26)  Drama(19)  Romance(17)  Historical(15)  Josei(11)  Tragedy(8)  Gender Bender(4)  Supernatural(4)  Fantasy(3)  Action(2)  Adventure(2)  School Life(2)  Shoujo Ai(2)  Slice of Life(2)  Comedy(1)  Mystery(1)  Psychological(1) 
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Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Taketori Monogatari   Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Tragedy   2014
Taiyou Shijinki   Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Shoujo   2007
BeruBara Kids   Comedy, Gender Bender, Historical, Josei   2006
Haru no Yuki   Drama, Historical, Romance, Shoujo, Tragedy   2006
Ai wa Waltz ni Nosete   Historical, Romance, Shoujo   2005
Falcon no Meikishu   Josei, Romance   2004
Ikeda Riyoko the Best: Ai to Tatakau Onnatachi   Josei   2001
Nibelungen no Yubiwa (MIYAMOTO Erika)   Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Josei, Romance, Supernatural   2000
Elizabeth   Drama, Historical, Josei, Romance   1999
Fuyu no Shukusai   Josei   1997
Porando Hishi Ten no Hate Made   Drama, Historical, Josei, Romance   1991
Shoutoku Taishi (IKEDA Riyoko)     1991
Mijo Monogatari   Josei   1988
Glass no Yami   Josei   1987
Eikou no Napoleon   Action, Drama, Historical, Shoujo   1986
Versailles no Bara Gaiden   Drama, Historical, Romance, Shoujo   1984
Aoi Zakuro   Josei   1983
Jotei Ecatherina   Drama, Historical, Josei, Romance   1983
Epitaram: A Wedding Song   Drama, Historical, Shoujo   1981
Ayako (IKEDA Riyoko)   Drama, Shoujo, Supernatural   1980
Claudine...!   Drama, Gender Bender, Historical, Psychological, Romance, Shoujo, Shoujo Ai, Tragedy   1978
Oniisama e...   Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Tragedy   1975
Orpheus no Mado   Drama, Gender Bender, Historical, Romance, Shoujo, Tragedy   1975
Shouko no Etude   Drama, Shoujo   1974
Shiroi Egmont   Shoujo   1973
Yureru Soushun   Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo   1973
Versailles no Bara   Action, Drama, Gender Bender, Historical, Romance, Shoujo, Tragedy   1972
Sakura Kyou   Drama, Shoujo   1972
Mariko   Shoujo   1971
Ikite te Yokatta!   Shoujo   1971
Futari Pocchi   Romance, Shoujo, Shoujo Ai, Tragedy   1971
Jinchouge   Shoujo   1971
Freesia no Asa   Shoujo   1970
Sokoku ni Ai o   Shoujo   1969
Ai wa Eien ni   Shoujo   1969
Francesca no Shouzou   Shoujo   1969
Bara Yashiki no Shoujo   Drama, Mystery, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy   1967
Hatsukoi Monogatari (IKEDA Riyoko)   Shoujo   --
Kasuganotsubon - Kefuzo Kataku o   Historical   --
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