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Natsuki Takaya (高屋 奈月 Takaya Natsuki?) is the pen name of a Japanese manga artist best known for creating the series Fruits Basket.

Takaya was born on July 7, 1973, in Shizuoka, Japan; she was raised in Tokyo, however, and made her debut there in 1992. She is left handed and once revealed that she wanted to be a manga artist since first grade, when her sister started drawing.

She's also said to be something of a Gamer Chick, as she enjoys video games such as the Final Fantasy series or Sakura Wars.

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Takaya's biggest hit is the aforementioned Fruits Basket, which is said to be the second best-selling shojo manga ever in Japan, and the top-selling shojo manga in North America; not to mention, she got the Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo manga for it. Fruits Basket has also been adapted into a 26-episode anime series, though it was quite... difficult to make, to the point that it was a sure thing there would never be a second season (at least, not by Studio Deen). She is the executive supervisor of the Fruits Basket Continuity Reboot coming in the Spring of 2019.

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Some of Natsuki Takaya's works are:

  • Phantom Dream, 1994–1997
  • Tsubasa: Those with Wings, 1995–1998
  • Because You Smile When I Sing, 1998, short story collection
  • Fruits Basket, 1998–2006
  • Komogomo, 2006, one-shot
  • Hoshi wa Utau, 2007–2011 - to be licensed as Twinkle Stars
  • Liselotte to Majo no Mori, 2011–present - to be licensed as Liselotte and The Witch's Forest

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