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- Last year on November 28th & 29th, Hanabusa-sensei was invited to Japan Touch in Lyon, France, and she met fans who used to like wathcing the anime series Gwendoline, the French version of Lady Lady!! And good news! Gwendoline volume one has been published by Isan Manga in France, and this is a hardcover luxury edition with a lovely cover illustration of Lynn and Sarah. Thank you, Isan Manga!
Last year on December 29th, Hanabusa-sensei joined the Comic Market, which was held between December 29th and 31st at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan, and she opened a shop (Dôjinshi Circle Booth) and greeted many fans of hers. Although she was very apologetic because she could not finish drawing the final installment of her self-published dôjinshi Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan series and bring it to her booth, her fans were so delighted to meet and talk to her.
- The exhibition of votive picture tablets (ema in Japanese) by celebrities was held from January 1st to 7th at Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Kanagawa, Japan, and Hanabusa-sensei’s tablet of “Rin-chan holding a bunch of flowers” was displayed at the charity exhibition.
- A video clip of interviewing Hanabusa-sensei and Harumo Sanazaki-sensei at Japan Touch in France has been uploaded to YouTube. Just search for “Yoko Hanabusa” on YouTube and have a look!
The final book in Hanabusa-sensei’s self-published dojinshi Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan series will be sold at her circle booth of the Comic Market which will be held in Tokyo this summer. Hanabusa-sensei says,“ I have done 90% of it. Only the front cover remains to be done.” We will inform you of the exact day and place on the Comic Market as soon as we get the detail about the event.
- While the final book of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan is possibly going to be published this summer, fans of Hanabusa-sensei’s are also hoping that someday she will publish a mini book of some particular illustrations that she drew before Lady Lynn. Some mini books of Lady Lynn illustrations such as Lady!! Petit (photo) have already been self-published by Hanabusa-sensei, and are being sold at the Comic Market. Manuscripts of other illustrations, most of which appeared in the Hitomi magazine, seem to exist, according to Hanabusa-sensei, and one of the fans asked for her consideration to publish the mini book which contained illustrations of the Hitomi comic stories such as Kirameki Green Age. Although this kind of fan’s request must be difficult to be accepted, Hanabusa-sensei kindly told us that she would try to search for those illustrations in her own residence.
- On April 9th the Cherry Blossom Viewing Party was held by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo. Hanabusa-sensei and her mangaka friend Harumo Sanazaki-sensei (shown right) were invited to this honorable party which many celebrities from the worlds of politics, culture, music, film, sports, and so on attended. Hanabusa-sensei enjoyed seeing (and having a chat! with) famous Japanese TV personalities such as Ai Haruna.
- Hanabusa-sensei was invited to Japan Expo that was held in Paris, France, for four days from July 7th this year. She almost regularly participates in this largest convention of Japanese popular culture in Europe. This time, Lady!! Exhibit was organised by isan manga (her French publisher) and Japan Expo, and many visitors enjoyed appreciating the exhibition panels which showed attractive pictures of Hanabusa-sensei’s well-known manga characters such as Gwendoline (Lynn) and Annie (Sarah). For more photographs, see Yoko Hanabusa Interview on Japan Expo.
- Hanabusa-sensei’s circle Lynn’s Marble Mansion will attend the Comic Market held at Tokyo Big Sight on August 14th. Her circle booth is to be placed at “西か26b (WEST KA 26b)” in this convention centre. Dôjinshi books such as Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan will be sold at the booth, where fans are able to meet Hanabusa-sensei.
- Hanabusa-sensei’s Annie and the Prince, written by Elizabeth Harbison, appears in the December Issue of Harlequin Original, published by HarperCollins Japan on November 11th, 2016. The author’s romance manga stories usually appear in Harmony Romance, so it must be a rare occasion.
- Comic Market 91 will be held for three days from December 29th at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan, and Hanabusa-sensei’s circle Lynn’s Marble Mansion will attend this world’s largest dôjinshi (fanzines / self-published manga) fair on Friday the 30th of December. Her circle booth is to be placed at “西り14b (WEST RI 14b)” in this convention centre.
- An e-book edition of Premier Muguet, written by Kyoko Mizuki (Candy Candy‘s author), was released on January 20th, 2017 in Japan. Premier Muguet is the first serialised manga Hanabusa-sensei has ever drawn.
- Hanabusa-sensei’s ema (votive picture tablet) was displayed at Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan during the first week of January, 2017. The tablet shows a lovely picture of Little Lynn with pink ribbons.
- Hanabusa-sensei will attend Comic Market 92 that is to be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan on August 13th. Her circle shop will be placed at 東 ね 23B (EAST NE 23B).
March 2016 ∼Premier Muguet, vol. 1∼
Premier Muguet volume 1 is the first comic book that Hanabusa-sensei ever published. Written by Kyoko Mizuki, who is well known for being the author of Candy Candy, Premier Muguet was also Hanabusa-sensei’s first serialised manga that started from October 1979 in Hitomi. Although its character products are rarely seen, there is an attractive wall clock of this manga. This Japanese-language comic book was published by Akita Shoten in 1980.
April 2016 ∼Lady Lynn!, vol. 1∼
Lady Lynn! volume 1 is a much-awaited comic book as the sequel to Lady!! In addition to Sarah, Arthur, and Edward, you can find new characters in this comic story, some of whom make things difficult for Lynn who is aiming to become a member of the Olympic equestrian team. Lady Lynn! was serialised in the Roma x Puri magazine, and the comic book was published by Shodensha in 2009.
May 2016 ∼Heart ni Aozora Yohô∼
Heart ni Aozora Yohô (Blue Sky Forecast in the Heart) is a comic book that was published in 1982 by Akita Shoten. It is a love story of Hikari Miharu, a motherless young girl who lives with her father and three elder brothers. The manga was serialised between the August and October 1982 Issues of the Monthly Hitomi magazine, and the comic book also includes two other mangas, Shiawase Harmony and Flower Fiancee.
June 2016 ∼The Incredible Honeymoon∼
Hanabusa-sensei has published many romance comics, especially the ones based on stories by Barbara Cartland. The Incredible Honeymoon is one of them in which Hanabusa-sensei depicts Victorian love romance elegantly and intriguingly. The manga story appeared in the May 2015 Issue of the Harmony Romance magazine and the comic book was published by Ohzora Publishing on June 1st, 2016.
July 2016 ∼Lucifer and the Angel∼
Lucifer and the Angel is another good example based on the romance novel by Barbara Cartland. In this comic book Hanabusa-sensei beautifully draws a plenty of equestrian scenes which she used to draw throughout the serialization of her masterpiece Lady!! The manga story of Lucifer and the Angel appeared in the October 2012 Issue of the Harmony Romance magazine and the comic book was published by Ohzora Publishing on September 11th, 2013.
August 2016 ∼A Wild Affair∼
Hanabusa-sensei is now well-known as a prolific romance manga artist. A Wild Affair is the first romance manga that she ever published. The novel was written by Charlotte Lamb, and before drawing its manga work, Hanabusa-sensei visited England in which the story is set, in order to create a precise description for the manga. This comic book was published by Ohzora Publishing in 1998 and its English version (entitled Idol Dreams) by Dark Horse Comics in 2006. There is also an English-language digital version of the comic book.
September 2016 ∼Kurayami no Yubiwa∼
Kurayami no Yubiwa (A Ring in the Darkness) is a comic book of mystery manga to which Hanabusa-sensei challenged herself as a new genre to draw. The book consists of three mysterious comic stories namely Crystal Labyrinth, Peacock and Tiger Eye, and Kurayami no Yubiwa, all of which appeared in the Fushigi Mystery magazine. In the last part of the comic book, Hanabusa-sensei added her short report about fortune-telling, entitled Yoko’s Fushigi Mystery. The comic book was published in 1992 by Akita Shoten.
October 2016 ∼Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan∼
Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan, the omnibus edition of volumes 1, 2, and 3, is Hanabusa-sensei’s self-published book that is being sold at manga events such as Comic Market in Tokyo. Six years after Lynn and Edward get married, their children come to know that Peter Pan is lost, and they begin to search for him, going all the way to an eastern country: Japan. The book also contains introduction pages of Lady!! characters and its selected scenes.
November 2016 ∼Vision in White∼
So far Vision in White, written by Nora Roberts, has been Hanabusa-sensei’s latest Japanese comic book. As a prolific romance manga artist, Hanabusa-sensei depicts this first story of the Bride Quartet series so professionally and respectfully that some Japanese fans of Nora Roberts show their gratitude towards the mangaka. Vision in White was published by Ohzora Publishing on October 1st, 2016.
December 2016 ∼Kenzan! Oedo Hana Kanzashi∼
Kenzan! Oedo Hana Kanzashi (Here She Is! Oedo Hana’s Ornamental Hairpin) is Hanabusa-sensei’s self-published dôjinshi issued in 1999. This samurai manga was originally serialised in Kodansha’s shôjo manga magazine RunRun in 1995-96, and, to our great disappointment, was not published in book form. The dôjinshi includes some introductory pages of Japanese history about the Edo period (1603-1868).
January 2017 ∼Gwendoline, vol. 1∼
Gwendoline is the French version of Hanabusa-sensei’s masterpiece Lady!! The volume 1 of the book (shown left) was published on December 1st, 2015 by isan manga, and it consists of Lady!! volumes 1 and 2. The author very much admires the book and she mentioned about it as ‘a luxurious book’ in her New Year’s card of 2016.
February 2017 ∼Scarlet Squall from The Scarlet Pimpernel∼
Scarlet Squall∼from The Scarlet Pimpernel∼ is Hanabusa-sensei’s historical romance manga that is based on Baroness Orczy’s novel published in 1905. Scarlet Squall was originally self-published around 2000 as a 4-volume dôjinshi. The manga publicly first appeared in the magazine of Harmony Romance Yoko Hanabusa Selection Classic in 2014, and its comic book was published in 2015 by Ohzora Publishing.
March 2017 ∼Emma∼
Hanabusa-sensei has drawn many romance manga stories based on English novels, and among them Emma, written by Jane Austen, is one of the best. Emma appeared in the May 2010 Issue of the Harmony Romance magazine and the comic book was published by Ohzora Publishing on April 11th, 2011. There is also an Italian version of the manga that was published by Goen on May 4th, 2012. As the Japanese comic book of Emma was published one month after the 2011 Tôhoku earthquake, Hanabusa-sensei wrote a message for tsunami survivors in the book.
April 2017 ∼Milk Miracle, vol. 1∼
Hanabusa-sensei’s shôjo manga Milk Miracle is a romantic comedy about a junior high school girl named Milk who encounters a ghost. The manga was serialised in Akita Shoten’s Hitomi magazine from 1984 to 1986 and its comic book consists of 5 volumes. The volume one (shown left) was published on March 1st, 1985.
May 2017 ∼Roma×Puri, vol. 1∼
The first issue’s cover of Roma×Puri (Romantic Princess) was drawn by Hanabusa-sensei. With this manga magazine, she started to serialise Lady Lynn!, a long-awaited sequel to her masterpiece Lady!! Roma×Puri was being published by Shodensha from 2008 to 2009.
June 2017 ∼Kirameki Green Age, vol. 1∼
Kirameki Green Age (Sparkling Green Age) is a love comedy manga about high school cheerleader Wakaba Morino. It was serialised in the shôjo manga magazine of Hitomi from 1983 to 1984 and the comic book consists of three volumes. The volume one shown above was published by Akita Shoten in 1984.
July 2017 ∼Lady!!, vol. 12∼
The 12th volume of Hanabusa-sensei’s masterpiece Lady!! is the final volume of the manga published by Akita Shoten in 1993. The story of this volume never appeared in the Hitomi magazine (in which Lady!! was being serialised), because the publication of this shôjo manga magazine was discontinued before the story ending.
August 2017 ∼Joô Bachi∼
During the unbearably warm, humid summer in Japan, people tend to like ghost stories (because they feel shivering), so Joô Bachi (The Queen Bee), one of Yoko Hanabusa’s popular horror manga stories, must be a good solution for such a summer problem. Originally published in 1998 by Bunkasha, this comic book has been just published in ebook format at Amazon Japan’s Kindle.
September 2017 ∼Hatsukoi Swimming∼
Hatsukoi Swimming (First Love Swimming) is one of Hanabusa-sensei’s early manga works. Junior high school girl Hiromi Hanasato tries to make sure if her would-be boyfriend loves her. But how?… Originally published by Akita Shoten in 1982, this comic book is now available in ebook format at Japanese ebook shops such as Amazon Japan’s Kindle.
October 2017 ∼Bessatsu Harlequin Vol.75∼
Bessatsu Harlequin Vol. 75 is a manga magazine with the brand of Harlequin for which Yoko Hanabusa drew a manga story for the first time. It opens with her manga Leonetti’s Housekeeper Bride, written by Lynn Graham. For this particular volume of the magazine, which was published by HarperCollins Japan on September 30th, 2017, Hanabusa-sensei also drew the cover.
November 2017 ∼Your Garden∼
Although the size of the book is small, Hanabusa-sensei’s very first dôjinshi entitled Your Garden includes lots of features: manga stories, art, colouring, talking, and so on. This dôjinshi book is for sale on our shopping page.
December 2017 ∼Search for Peter Pan∼
This Japanese-language booklet comes with an audio drama CD of the same title. It includes a short-story manga entitled A Night of the Moon, and readers can know how the story of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan has begun. (The audio drama CD is for sale on our shopping page.)
January 2018 ∼Lady!! (Collector’s Edition), vol. 1∼
Published in December, 2009, this is a much-awaited, luxurious edition of Lady!! for fans. The book includes the art gallery of cover illustrations of the Hitomi magazine and two dôjinshi-book manga stories entitled The Night of the Moon and Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan.
February 2018 ∼Persuasion∼
After Emma, Yoko Hanabusa drew another Jane Austen’s novel, this time, Persuasion that was published in 2017 by Ohzora Publishing. Yoko Hanabusa has published many manga works of romance novels that are set in Britain, and she made Persuasion one of her most attractive romance manga works.
March & April 2018 ∼Gwendoline∼
The French version of Lady!! now has been published up to the 5th volume. According to the website of Japan Expo Sud, Gwendoline Volumes of 5 & 6 were available at their convention on Japanese pop culture which was held in France in March this year. Gwendoline is published by the French publisher isan manga.
May 2018 ∼The Princess and her Secret Love∼
Princess Saradina, who is the first daughter in the line of succession to the throne of the principality, escapes from a marriage for the political convenience and lives in London selling flowers. One day a gentleman visits her flower shop and asks her which rose is the best she likes… Written by Lilian Shiny, the comic book was published by Ohzora Publishing in March 2018.
June 2018 ∼Signpost to Love∼
Baptista, who is escaping from her cruel father, dashes into a carriage on which she meets the Earl of Hawkshead. They are to head for Paris together… Based on Signpost to Love, written by Barbara Cartland, Yoko Hanabusa depicts the heroine delicately and beautifully. This comic book was published by Ohzora Publishing in December 2017.
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May 1st, 2016
Lady!! 30th Anniversary
This year, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of Hanabusa-sensei’s masterpiece Lady!! Thirty years ago, the manga first appeared in the October 1986 Issue of the Hitomi magazine. Influenced by the personality of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the theme of historical romance created by Kyoko Mizuki who is the author of Candy Candy, Hanabusa-sensei began to draw the serialised story of Lynn Russell in Hitomi. The manga soon became popular among many readers and was turned into two animated series by Toei Animation. Hanabusa-sensei said, “Ten years after Candy Candy, nobody drew historical romance mangas like I did. I was pleased that Hitomi readers accepted Lady!! In those days school life, or, ordinary life if you like, was the most popular theme for shôjo manga magazines and that is why Lynn the heroine, who is half Japanese and half English, lived in Japan in the first episode so that young Japanese girl readers could understand the situation.” As a much-admired shôjo manga, new editions of Lady!! are still being published in some countries.
June 4th, 2016
The Author’s Praised Book: Gwendoline
Since last year, the new edition of Lady!! has been being published in France. The author Yoko Hanabusa has passionately praised its French version entitled Gwendoline, saying, “It’s a luxurious, beautiful book…it’s just like a book that you find in the field of classic literature…you can put it on your bookshelf and keep it for a long time, reading the book anytime you like.” Gwendoline volume 3 is due to be published this summer by Isan Manga. Meanwhile, Hanabusa-sensei has been invited to Japan Expo in Paris that is held in July this year. For the event a special ticket, namely Zen+ Gwendoline, was issued. Unfortunately the ticket seems to have already been sold out(!), but there must be a chance to see Hanabusa-sensei at Japan Expo. She is very much looking forward to meeting fans in France.
July 20th, 2016
Yoko Hanabusa Interview on Japan Expo
We interviewed Hanabusa-sensei in Japan on July 17th, a few days after she came back from France where Japan Expo was held. She kindly showed us many wonderful photographs of this event, one of which is a lovely photograph (shown right) of Hanabusa-sensei (right) and her close mangaka friend Harumo Sanazaki-sensei in front of a gigantic illustration wall of Gwendoline with isan manga’s charming title logo for the comic book. It is the wall of Lady!! Exhibit which was organised by isan manga and Japan Expo as a celebration for the 30th anniversary of Lady!! (Gwendoline). One of Japanese fans told us that she really wanted an exhibit like this to be held in Japan, too. Here is our interview with Hanabusa-sensei:
Thank you for giving us an opportunity to interview you, Hanabusa-sensei. Please tell us about your remembrance on Japan Expo 2016 you participated in.
People in France were so kind. I was very pleased that many fans came to see me during my signings. Some of the fans were, to my great astonishment, named Gwendoline after the heroine’s name of the animated series Gwendoline that is based on my manga.
During the four-day participation in Japan Expo, it must have been busy days for you. How were they?
They were very rewarding. Especially I enjoyed meeting people at masterclasses on manga… people who wanted to learn technical skills in drawing. They were really good at drawing! Every time I visit France, their skills of manga drawing are getting better and better, which is quite amazing. A large number of people came to Japan Expo…I feel excited that the number of people who like Japanese manga, anime, and culture, is increasing!
This time Japan Expo issued a special ticket called Zen+ Gwendoline. How was the meeting with those ticket holders?
I had a lovely meeting with them in a room, talking about manga over sweets(!) and taking photos together. I signned my name on Gwendoline books for fans…my name and the fan’s name too. Some fans had the same name as my manga’s heroine Gwendoline! I was astonished and delighted, too. I was also pleased that a fan, whom I met in Lyon last year, came to see me again.
Are you going to participate in Japan Expo next year if you are invited again?
Yes. I have my manga books, luxurious books to my great pleasure, being published in France, and feel very happy imagining people who find them at bookshops, saying “This must be the book of the Gwendoline anime I used to watch as a child!” If those people or my publisher want me to come, I am very glad to.
August 23rd, 2016
Yoko Hanabusa Attends Comic Market 90
This summer in Japan, Comic Market 90 was held for three days from August 12th and about 600,000 people gathered in this largest manga/dôjinshi event in the world. The Comic Market is held twice a year at Tokyo Big Sight and Hanabusa-sensei attends this event every time. In the event amateur manga artists as well as professionals like Hanabusa-sensei can sell not only their manga dôjinshi books but also novels, photo books, posters, and postcards of their original/anime-related characters. Hanabusa-sensei’s circle Lynn’s Marble Mansion displayed the dôjinshi books of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan (above right) including its final volume (below, front and back covers) at her circle booth and many fans came to purchase them. As this year 2016 was the 30th anniversary of her masterpiece Lady!!, they also congratulated the author on the occasion. The idea of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan came from two famous people: Kazuo Yokoyama and Harumo Sanazaki. Kazuo Yokoyama, the animation producer of Lady Lady!! and Hello! Lady Lynn, told Hanabusa-sensei to create a Peter Pan story for her manga and Sanazaki-sensei, a popular romance-manga artist, suggested that Hanabusa-sensei should combine the character of Lynn Russell and the story of Peter Pan. Thus, Lynn’s new story was created and the author took seventeen years to complete the series of the self-published manga work.
October 22nd, 2016
YHFC Twitter: Best Place for Live Stories & Information
We are now tweeting various things about Hanabusa-sensei and her manga works including animes based on her well-known manga Lady!! On our Twitter Yoko Hanabusa FC you can find the latest news about Hanabusa-sensei, fanart drawings and illustrations which are drawn by fans including Himawari-san who is the webmaster of Lady Rin’s Small Room and…me sometimes, and, literally, anything about the mangaka Yoko Hanabusa and her many comic books which have been being published since she debuted in 1978. Whenever we get news about Hanabusa-sensei’s manga works, we will tweet! So, we hope you will visit and enjoy our tweets! (Please click the Twitter blue bird just above the article of TOP STORY in the top page.)
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November 6th, 2016
Yoko Hanabusa: Approved Romance Manga Artist
Yoko Hanabusa is now well-known as a prolific, popular manga artist of Josei (women) manga that is based on world-famous romance novels. Most of her romance manga works appear in the monthly magazine of Harmony Romance published by Ohzora Publishing. This month Harmony Romance Barbara Cartland Special was published and Hanabusa-sensei’s Look, Listen and Love, written by Barbara Cartland, appeared in it. In fact Hanabusa-sensei has been publishing many manga stories especially written by this celebrated English author (shown right: all these comic-book stories are based on her novels) and this is because the descendant of Barbara Cartland approved of Yoko Hanabusa for the novelist’s favourable manga artist. Hanabusa-sensei is so pleased with a letter which the novelist’s office sent to her. By reading her manga stories, it is easily understood that she shows her love for drawing 19th-century Victorian romance stories that Barbara Cartland wrote.
December 25th, 2016
Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan : How It All Began
Before Yoko Hanabusa’s long-awaited manga Lady Lynn!, the sequel to Lady!!, was serialised in Shodensha’s periodical Roma×Puri, the author had been self-publishing a series of Lynn’s children’s story entitled Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan. The birth of the story comes from occasional conversations between two manga artists and one animation producer: Yoko Hanabusa(Lady!!); Harumo Sanazaki(Angel Wars) ; Kazuo Yokoyama who produced many animes including Lady Lady!! and Hello! Lady Lynn. Mr Yokoyama suggested that Yoko Hanabusa should draw something like J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The conversations they had was a start for her long self-publication of the story about Lynn’s children.children.
Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan consists of a total of 11 volumes. As Hanabusa-sensei was (and still is) leading a busy life, working on Josei (women) manga for the Harmony Romance magazine, she often had no time for drawing Lynn’s children’s story. In fact it took her seventeen years to complete the story. In the final volume she says, “Oh, dear! A seventeen-year-long journey! (Because the story is about a trip from England to Japan during the summer holiday.) Just like Urashima Tarô, who has been to Ryugu-jo Palace!!” The first volume of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan is now an omnibus edition of a collection of volume 1, 2, and 3, that was self-published on August 10th, 2002. The manga is, according to the author, a parallel universe story and so is not actually a sequel to Lady!! and its two anime series (Lady Lady!! and Hello! Lady Lynn). In the world of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan, the story goes like this:
While Lynn Russell and Edward Brighton are in love with each other, Lynn seems to have lost her childhood mind. She comes to know it when a mysterious traveller, who can see children’s mind disappearing in the world of adults, tells her about forgotten fairies. Six years after Lynn and Edward get married, their twin children Diana and George happen to hear the fairies crying over the fact that Peter Pan is nowhere to be found. While sleeping in the bed, the twins are asked by the fairies to search for the lost boy. They give the twin children a clue that Peter may be in the Far East. And so, Diana and George decide to go to their mother’s country: Japan. For this story, an audio drama CD entitled Search for Peter Pan ∼Lynn’s Fairy Tale Theatre∼ was also produced in 2002. Kumiko Nishihara, the original voice actress who provided the voice of Lynn Russell in Toei Animation’s Hello! Lady Lynn, also voiced Lynn as the twins’ mother in the drama.
January 9th, 2017
Possibility of the Story of Lady Lynn!
Yoko Hanabusa attended Comic Market 91 which was held at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan on December 30th, 2016. Although she was very apologetic for not having been able to self-publish new dôjinshi books, many fans were coming to see her with great pleasure. Her lovely dôjinshi books of the Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan series were displayed on the table of her circle, and while admirimg them, we asked her about Lady Lynn‘s ending. She replied to us with a kind smile, “I had better not tell about the ending of the story. I hope you will wait and look forward to the possibility of the return of Lady Lynn! You see, Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan, in which Lynn is married to Edward, is a parallel universe story. So, there might be other developments for Lady Lynn‘s story.”
That means Lynn is going to get married not to Edward but to someone else? It seems unlikely…but nobody knows about their future (except for the author, of course). Hanabusa-sensei also talked to us about her recent days, “I have been working on a manga for the Harmony Romance magazine…and lately I have been playing Pokemon Go, too! You see, I have caught Santa Pikachu!” She smiled a lovely smile when she said so. Lady Lynn! was serialised in the Roma×Puri (Romantic Princess) magazine in 2008-9, and its story was stopped halfway through when the magazine was discontinued. Hanabusa-sensei told us about the reason, “It’s about these days’ publishing problems. Books and magazines, especially paper-printed ones, are disappearing due to poor sales. Roma×Puri was one of them, I am afraid.” We thanked Hanabusa-sensei for the wonderful conversations we had, and told her that we wished the magazine and Lady Lynn! would return someday hopefully in the near future.
March 12th, 2017
Lady Lady!! 30th Anniversary
This year of 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Lady Lady!!, a Toei Dôga (Toei Animation)-produced animated series which is based on Yoko Hanabusa’s well-known manga Lady!! Thirty years ago, the anime began to be broadcast on TV in Japan from October. It was televised from 19:30, the competitive time for TV stations because, for example, many TV viewers were watching Mezon Ikkoku (Juliette je t’aime in French) at that particular time.
Although its audience rating was not high, Lady Lady!!-related toys and merchandise sold quite well and the toy company wanted another series of this anime. Thus, Hello! Lady Lynn was produced and started in 1988 about one month after Lady Lady!! ended, changing broadcasters and voice actors. Lady Lynn toys vary from dolls to pop-up picture books. Lynn dolls, including Yumemiru Lady Lynn (above, with a Lady Lady!! picture book) and Lady Lady Party Princess, sold well and became favourite toys for many little girls. Among many kind of the Lady Lynn toys, Hôseki no Basha Pearl Dresser (horse-drawn-carriage-shaped music box) is the most luxurious toy which appears in the anime of Hello! Lady Lynn (Episode 32). Many of the Lady Lynn toys are now very much praised by collectors as extremely kawaii (pretty) toys.
May 5th, 2017
Lady!! Characters’s Name Origins & Birthdays
The story of Yoko Hanabusa’s manga Lady!! is set mostly in the UK and Japan. Therefore, names of its characters must have the origin of those two countries. The author told us about the English side of the names such as Sarah, Arthur, Mary, and so on. As a university student, Yoko Hanabusa’s most favourite theme for study was of the civilization of Ancient Egypt, but her university only held two courses that were about the Elizabethan Era and the Italian Renaissance. She chose the former for her course and wrote a graduation thesis on the English sea captain Francis Drake. Thus, she became interested in British historical events, and actually the character names of Lady!! come from people in them, except for the Japanese character names including the heroine’s first name.
Hanabusa-sensei says in an interview recorded in October 2012, “Lynn (Rin) looks cute, you see, so it’s like …the name simply comes from the bell’s pretty sounds of ring, ring! As for Sarah…oh, I don’t exactly remember…Arthur’s name comes from the British legend King Arthur…oh, about Sarah…her name probably comes from a British royal family member. Well, I took character names from some people famed in British historical events, so Mary and Thomas must have been taken from them, too.”Lady!! characters’s birthdays are also interesting. Her dôjinshi Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan vol.2 has a page about birthdays of the main characters. According to it, Lynn was born on July 10th, Sarah on May 3rd, Arthur on March 22nd, and Edward on July 29th. When Hanabusa-sensei had a first meeting with Toei Animation before producing the anime of Lady Lady!!, they asked her about the heroine’s birthday. At that time there were no birthdays set for the characters of Lady!!, so the very date when the mangaka and the anime producers held the first meeting became Lynn Russell’s birthday, that was July 10th.
Photographs: Shikishi card gifts (Lynn and Sarah), drawn by Yoko Hanabusa
July 29th, 2017
Another Final Episode of Lady Lady!!
The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Lady Lady!!, the Toei Doga anime that is based on Yoko Hanabusa’s shôjo manga Lady!! This anime consists of 21 episodes, and Episode 21 “Farewell, England” is the final of the TV series. However, another final episode of the anime exists. It is the film version of Lady Lady!! This film was released a few weeks before the TV series ended, as one of the four anime programmes of TOEI MANGA FESTIVAL, including Saint Seiya, Bikkuriman, and Masked Rider Black. Its film premiere was on March 12th, 1988, and the film version of Lady Lady!! was released as video. (No other videos or DVDs that are based on the manga Lady!!, have been released in Japan so far.) This video seems to be sometimes put on to net auction, and the film version of the anime seemingly has never been broadcast on TV in any countries including Japan. The anime of Lady Lady!! is based on the volumes 1 & 2 of Lady!!, and some key elements of the TV series are different from those of the film version. (The article below includes some spoilers.)
In the TV series, Edward is the only person that knows that Lynn will go back to Japan, never returning to England. In the film version, neither Edward nor Arthur appears, except for the flashback that Edward falls from Alexandra the white horse. Instead, in the film version, Flora, who lives in a village near Warbawn Castle, witnesses Lynn getting into a freight train. She tells the station master about it but he never believes the village girl, which makes her very cross! Lynn’s father and sister, George and Sarah, arrive at the train station, and they are to be told by Flora that Lynn has left on the freight train for an airport. As for the climax scenes, in the TV series, Sarah stops Lynn going to the departure lobby of the airport, calling her little sister’s name with all her might. In the film version, George and Sarah catch up with Lynn who is walking wearily near the airport runway, wondering which airplane is bound for Japan, and George tells Lynn that he will not marry Baroness Magdalene Wavebury, which relieves Lynn’s little heart.
The opening theme song of the film version is Hello Lady (sung by Nami Shimada) which is also used in the TV series as an inserted song. The ending song is Kaze ga Hakobu Yokan (Feeling like the Wind that Blows), sung by Kaori Moritani who is the original singer of the theme song of Hello! Lady Lynn. Both of the songs are included in the CD of Lady Lady!! Hit Songs.
August 21st, 2017
Yoko Hanabusa in Comic Market 92
On August 13th, Yoko Hanabusa attended Comic Market 92 that was held at Toko Big Sight in Japan. This summer in the Kanto area where Tokyo Big Sight was situated, was unusually not so warm, but on the third day of the Comiket it was getting so warm and muggy, and we had almost lost our way among the tremendously large number of visiting people untl we finally reached Hanabusa-sensei’s circle booth. This time Yoko Hanabusa created some new items whereas the series of Lynn’s Children & Peter Pan had already been completed and any more dôjinshi books were not published. Among those of the new items, Lady!! Mouse Pad became the centre of visiting fans’s attention. (The mouse pad was so limited that this time we are afraid it has not been added to our website shopping page.) Also, a new item called Set of Dress Up Paper Dolls of Lynn & Sarah was added to Hanabusa-sensei’s circle shop. It was once published as a free gift of the Hitomi magazine in which Lady!! was being serialised. And now there are good news as well as sad one. First, the sad news: Yoko Hanabusa had attended Comic Market twince a year until this time, but from next time onwards she will do so only once a year.
And the good news: Lynn-chan (Little Lynn) Biscuit Sable has been made and on sale at a cake shop called Mon Cheri near Chuo Rinkan Station in Yamato, Hanabusa-sensei’s local town. In the City of Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture there are some places featured in the author’s manga works including Lady!! For example, you may find buildings, saying excitedly “Oh, this must be Lynn Russell’s school!” or “I remember this railway station appeared in that manga!” and so on. Also, in front of Minami Rinkan Station which is next to Chuo Rinkan Station, there is a monument of a sturdy, beautiful horse. Although it seems not to be connected with Lady!!, personally I call it “Alexandra!” or “Andrews!” whenever I visit the station. In Hanabusa-sensei’s manga Hatsukoi Swimming (First Love Swimming), a rail station which looks exactly like Minami Rinkan Station appears. So, why don’t you make a Location Vacation to visit the City of Yamato? While eating Lynn-chan Biscuit Sable, You will be able to find memorable places that appear in Hanabusa-sensei’s manga works.
August 21st, 2017
Japanese Cake Shop Produced Lynn-chan Biscuit Sable
From Chuo Rinkan Station on the Katase-Enoshima Line of Odakyu Electric Railway in Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture, it is a three-minute walk to the cake shop Mon Cheri where Lynn-chan Biscuit Sable is being baked and sold. It is a biscuit sable of Lynn Russell, the heroine of Yoko Hanabusa’s popular manga Lady!!, and is being baked in a professional, careful manner. Also there is a lovely decorative plate named A Walk with Lynn that shows Little Lynn surrounded by little kittens, flowers and so on. As for this cake shop’s other cookies and biscuit sables, you will find the biscuit sable of Yamaton, the Yuru-chara (mascot character) of Yamato City, and three dimentional cookies of animals, clocks, accessories, and so on. Among them, an oval, double-layer biscuit sable with the letters “Arigato (Thank you)” is surprisingly delicious!
To our great pleasure, some of Hanabusa-sensei’s comic books were also displayed in the shop. Lynn-chan Biscuit Sable was produced because her younger sister was a customer of the cake shop and the shop owner realised her idea of making the lovely character’s biscuit sable. According to him, it was difficult to make Lynn’s ribbon appear clearly on the surface. Now the biscuit sables of Lynn are lined up in the shop!The shop is open with the blinds closed in order to keep out of direct sunlight. Chocolate Cakes, Strawberry Shortcakes, and so on, are also popular cakes among customers, and you can order and buy some kind of whole cakes which the shop owner can decorate with whipped cream immediately just for you there! Also his popular cookies are being sold at the School Fastival of Yamato Senior High School where Yoko Hanabusa graduated. The cake shop is loved by many people in the town. The shop does not deliver any cookies or cakes, so please visit the shop and find lovely Lynn-chan Biscuit Sables as well as many other remarkable cookies!
Address: 4-19-13, Chuo Rinkan, Yamato, Kanagawa, Japan
Open : 7 days 10am-8pm (JST)
December 9th, 2017
Yoko Hanabusa Will Join Japan Expo Sud
Yoko Hanabusa will be back in France in March next year! From the 9th to the 11th of March, 2018, Japan Expo Sud will be held in Marseille Chanot, the convention on Japanese pop culture in which Yoko Hanabusa appears as a guest in partnership with her French publisher isan manga. She has had good memories with people in the country, and has recommended Japanese fans to visit France. Now, as the fourth volume of Gwendoline, the French version of Lady!!, has been published, and the author has been invited to Japan Expo Sud, it will become another memorable opportunity for French fans to meet her.