A mangaka who primarily works on Shōjo manga. Born on March 12, 1978, she made her pro debut in 1996 with the one-shot 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 the one-shot compilation manga Kanshaku-dama no Yuu'utsu. Tanemura later gained fame less than a year later with the manga I.O.N, a high-school romance (a common staple in the shojo genre) with a supernatural twist.
Her works usually contain Magical Girl stories (with a few exceptions) and extremely cute drawings that are deemed too saccharine for some, juxtaposed against frequently dark and angsty storylines that deal with issues like suicide, parental abandonment, and attempted rape. Tanemura's distinctive art style was intended to be difficult to animate, but this has not stopped Phantom Thief Jeanne and Full Moon from being adapted into anime series.
Most of Tanemura's works were originally serialized in the shoujo magazine Ribon. After the end of Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Tanemura left Ribon and has since become a freelance artist. Several of her works after 2012 are published in different magazines and publishers.
She is a known fan of JPop music, especially Hello! Project artists and Maaya Sakamoto. This factor eventually turned her into a Promoted Fangirl, as she would later provide the character designs for the multimedia idol project Idolish 7.
As of 2015, Tanemura also releases doujinshi under the pseudonym Meguro Teikoku.
- I.O.N (1997)
- Short-Tempered Melancholic (1998; a collection of one-shots)
- Phantom Thief Jeanne (1998-2000)
- Time Stranger Kyoko (2000-2001)
- Full Moon (2002-2004)
- The Gentlemen's Alliance (2004-2008)
- Mistress Fortune (2008)
- Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura (2008-2012)
- Fudanjuku Monogatari (2011)
- Neko to Watashi no Kinyoubi (2013-2015)
- Idol Dreams (2013-present; Tanemura's first josei manga)
- Touken Ranbu Gakuen
- Akuma ni Chic x Hack
- Shunkan Ryle — As the writer
- Alice Closet — character designer
Associated Tropes in Her Works:
- Art Evolution: To the point that her earlier works might invoke the Uncanny Valley for some.
- Break the Cutie: Her longer works really like to pile on the angst.
- Contractual Purity: In an interview in 2018, Tanemura discussed that when she was still working with Ribon, she wasn't allowed to portray her characters in R-18 situations. After she left Ribon, she did release R-18 doujinshi of Phantom Thief Jeanne and Full Moon for a while.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Her male love interests tend to be on the possessive side.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Her works often end up as these after her characters going through Break the Cutie moments.
- Fate Drives Us Together
- Informed Attractiveness
- Magical Girl
- Ordinary High-School Student: Some of her female leads.
- The Power of Love
- Only Six Faces: Boy oh boy does she suffer from this one. But the amount of pretty makes up for it. A chart showing notable differences in faces (particularly eye sizes and shapes) can be seen here◊.