Nagano Noriko 永野のりこ
[born: ? ; bloodtype: ?]
Nagano always wanted to become a mangaka, but she found a job before (even
though she was sending in works to publishers at the end of her job-hunting
period). After that she became a mother and housewife. But she wanted something
more fulfilling than simply being a housewife. She admits being influenced by
Hanawa Kazuichi, in particular by his "Niku Yashiki" (Estate of Flesh) and
by Mizuki Shigeru. She made her debut on Shounen Captain.
Nagano Noriko is a resident manga artist for Tokuma Shoten. Her manga are
known for their twisted humour, association with otaku culture, and endless
variations on the "geek meets girl" theme. Nagano's 'Megane-kun' character,
who resembles Brains (from Thunderbirds), appears in all her manga. A full
list of her published work appears as an appendix to Ken nii-chan.
- Sci-Fi Motion
published by Tokuma Shoten, 1986
republished by Ascii, 1995
1 volume @ Y640
Nagano's first major manga; at least one new installment was published on
Comic ASCII in 1994.
- Don't desert me Daisy
serialized on Shounen Captain Comics, 1989
3 volumes @ Y500
Most of Nagano's manga, starting with this one, feature the same basic
plot: a shy nerd falls in love with a beautiful girl, but she doesn't want
anything to do with him. Rapidly becoming obsessed, the nerd uses his
scientific genius to spy on her and win her over.
- Kure Kure Tama-chan [Give Me Tama-chan]
published by Tokuma Shoten, 1987
1 volume @ Y880
- God Save the Sugekoma-kun
serialized on Young Magazine, 1992-present
12 volumes @ Y530
A series of short stories centering on Sugekoma, a highschool prodigy with
severe behavioural problems, and Miss Matsuzawa, the teacher who he ties
up all the time. It's a big send-up of S/M cliches, H manga, SF, and the
otaku mentality. Nagano's art is at its most refined in this manga. There
are minor subplots concerning other students - e.g. Junko Fujieda, who
can't stand perverts, they make her violent; and Murata, a masochist who's
infatuated with her. "A Takahashi Rumiko manga on all imaginable drugs."
- Science Boy Zeroichi-kun
published by Ascii, 1993
1 volume @ Y580
Probably Nagano's most warped manga, consisting of short SF stories and
- Ken nii-chan
serialized on Comic Raising (Wani magazine-sha), 1994
1 volume @ Y580
A mad scientist, Ken, comes after his childhood playmate Megumi - now a
university student - holding her to a promise she made when she was 3
years old. Slightly more racy than her other manga.
- Nagano Land
published by Tokuma Shoten, 1994
1 volume @ Y990
A compilation of two unusual manga that were - serialized on Animage in
the late 1980s. The first, Majokko Son-Son 魔女っ子ソンソン,
appeared in the margins of the letters pages, 120cm wide x 1cm high. It
was originally space-filler for anime song listings. Beat Paradise
おちこみ天国 was a series of nostalgic ramblings about anime and
Nagano's childhood. Most of her stock characters appear as narrators;
Hakase-kun (Megane-kun), Anime-kun, Zo-kun, Baba, Nagano herself, and
Muska (the evil agent from Laputa).
- Manga Hishou!! Kaby Rich Daisaku-sen
マンガ 必勝！！ 株リッチ大作戦
cooperation with Kimura Keiko 木村佳子
1 volume @ Y980
- Otaku no Goshujin
published by Take Shobou, 1993
1 volume @ Y700
- Honeymoon Planet
published by Ascii, 1994
1 volume @ Y580
Contains another list of all Nagano's published work to date.
- Mogukko Mog-tan
irregularly featured on Animage, 1993-present
- Denpo Odessei
published by Ascii,
1 volume @ Y590
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