Chica Umino (羽海野 チカ Umino Chika, born August 30 in Adachi, Tokyo) is the pen name of the author and illustrator of Honey and Clover. She is currently working on the series, March Comes in Like a Lion.
Umino began her career as a doujinshi artist before publishing short stories in various magazines. Many of those stories were collected in her short story collection, Spica. She also worked on the character designs for the anime series, Eden of the East.
CareerEditHoney and Clover in the early 2000s. Honey and Clover was first published by Takarajimasha in CUTiEcomic. It was moved to Shueisha's magazine, Young You after CUTiEcomic was cancelled in 2001. The series ended it's run in Chorus in September 2006. Umino has published a fan book and an art book dedicated to Honey and Clover.
Umino has done many cover illustrations, including Bōkenshatachi Glass Heart (冒険者たち GLASS HEART; August 2001), "Tsuretette Tsuretette" (連れてって 連れてって; November 12, 2008), Takashi Matsumoto Works Compilation (松本隆WORKSコンピレーション; November 21, 2007) and the thirteen volume series, Mori Log Academy. She also contributed to Shueisha's "Mirai Bunko" line by illustrating the covers of the newly translated, Anne of Green Gables (March 1, 2011), Anne of Avonlea (March 5, 2012), and Anne of the Island (March 5, 2013).
AccoladesEditUmino won the 27th and 35th Kodansha Manga Award for Honey and Clover in the shōjo category and March Comes in Like a Lion in the general category.
- Spica (スピカ 〜羽海野チカ初期短編集〜; July 20, 2011
- "Birds in the Sky" (August 2001)
- "Opera of the Stars" (2003)
- Honey and Clover Official Fan Book Vol.0 (May 19, 2005)
- Honey and Clover Handmade Picture Book (January 2007)
- Honey and Clover Illustrations (March 2008)