Arina Tanemura (種村 有菜 Tanemura Arina?) is the manga artist and creator of Full Moon o Sagashite.


Her debut work was a one-shot work titled "The Style of the Second Love" (2番目の恋のかたち Niban-me no Koi no Katachi), which was later reprinted in her anthology work Short-Tempered Melancholic.[1] Tanemura gained fame with the 1997 publication of I.O.N, a high school romance with a supernatural twist. From 1998 to 2000, she worked on the popular series Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko in 2000-2001 and Full Moon wo Sagashite in 2002. In 2004, Tanemura came out with The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, which broke her tradition by having more than seven volumes in one single series. Tanemura serialized a series in Margaret magazine from July to November 2011.[2][3] Her most recent work, Sakura Hime Kaden, debuted in 2009 and ended in December 2012.

Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Full Moon wo Sagashite have been adapted into TV series. Her works are primarily serialized in Ribon magazine, with series published in collected volumes by Shueisha. For the 15th anniversary since her debut, she was involved in creating a CD featuring songs based on ten of her heroines.[4][5] Tanemura contributed to a dōjinshi along with other manga artists that was sold for charity efforts for the March 2011 Japanese earthquake.[6] As of November 2011, Tanemura has become a free agent manga artist, no longer solely affiliated with Shueisha.[7][8] However, she continued to publish "Sakura Hime Kaden" in Ribbon until the series' end in 2012. Tanemura stated herself that a new series has been planned during AnimeFest 2012 in Dallas, Texas.[9] Sakura Hime Kaden ended in December 2012 on the 12th volume. Her newest series, Neko to Watashi no Kinyoubi (translation: "The Cat and My Friday") started on February 5 in Margaret magazine. She also started serializing 31 Ai Dream in Hakusensha's Melody magazine. This is the author's first josei manga.[10]

With the exception of the unlicensed Fudanjuku Monogatari and Neko to Watashi no Kinyoubi, all of her manga have been published in English by Viz Media in North America. Viz Media has re-released Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (originally released by CMX Manga) with a new translation as well.


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