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.
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.
Some of Natsuki Takaya's works are:
- Phantom Dream, 19941997
- Tsubasa: Those with Wings, 19951998
- Because You Smile When I Sing, 1998, short story collection
- Fruits Basket, 19982006
- Fruits Basket Another, 2015-2018
- Komogomo, 2006, one-shot
- Hoshi wa Utau, 20072011 - to be licensed as Twinkle Stars
- Liselotte to Majo no Mori, 2011present - to be licensed as Liselotte and The Witch's Forest
Some tropes found in Natsuki Takaya's works are:
- The Beautiful Elite
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends
- Dysfunction Junction
- Foot Focus: Many of her characters don't wear socks.
- Mood Whiplash
- Only Six Faces
- The Pollyanna