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 was first adapted into a 26-episode anime series in 2001, 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), especially since Takaya made it very clear she disliked how that anime turned out. She is the chief production supervisor of the 2019 Fruits Basket anime adaptation, which began airing in April 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
- Twinkle Stars, 20072011
- Liselotte and The Witch's Forest, 20112013
Some tropes found in Natsuki Takaya's works are:
- Author Appeal: She admits that she likes Age Gap Romances. She also likes to give female characters masculine names since this "balances them out".
- 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