Ai Yazawa (矢沢あい Yazawa Ai, born March 7, 1967 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan) is the manga artist of Nana. She is mostly known for Nana and Paradise Kiss, her only series published in English. Her earlier works include, Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, Gokinjo Monogatari, and Kagen no Tsuki.
In 2009, she contracted an illness, which put Nana on hold. She has since returned from the hospital, but it is still unknown if Nana will continue.
Ai Yazawa was born on March 7, 1967 in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. She went to school to study fashion, but dropped out after a year.
She started publishing manga in 1985 with "Ano Natsu" in Ribon magazine. Her pen name Ai Yazawa, comes from a famous singer Eikichi Yazawa. She created many series before beginning Nana.
Ai Yazawa started Nana around the same time as Paradise Kiss in 1999. Nana is arguably one of Ai Yazawa's most popular series. It was published in Cookie magazine from 1999 to 2009. The manga was put on hiatus after Yazawa became ill.
Nana was adapted into a anime in 2006, a live-action film in 2005 with a sequel in 2006. Nana has spawned many other products including albums, video games, and artbooks.
In June 2009, she was diagnosed with an unknown illness, and sent to a hospital. She returned from the hospital in April 2010, however Nana was still on hold. In Cookie's May 2013 issue, a short two-page "Junko's Place" was published. Since then various "Junko's Place"'s and furoku have sporadically been released.
- 15-nenme (1986)
- Love Letter (1987)
- Kaze ni Nare! (1988)
- Escape (1988)
- Ballad Made Soba ni Ite (1989)
- Marine Blue no Kaze ni Dakarete (1989–1992)
- Usubeni no Arashi (1992)
- Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai (1992–1995)
- Gokinjo Monogatari (1995–1998)
- Kagen no Tsuki (1998–1999)
- Paradise Kiss (1999–2003)
- Nana (1999–hiatus)