The name "Kaori Yuki" is but a pen name consisting of Saitou "Yuki" and her actual first name “Kaori.” She has always loved to draw when she was young in elementary school. Kaori has a fondness for cats, coffee, cheesecake, sleeping, movies, shiny lace, the moon, and Japanese rock bands.
Her first professional manga was done in 1987, in "Hana to Yume" after she was picked from an art contest they were holding. Yuki describes herself as temperamental, without self-control. She claims she lacks both in long or short term memory.
There is not too much to know about the mangaka known as Kaori Yuki as she likes to keep her life under wraps. She does not like publicity very much. Her first work before becoming a professional manga artist was called Vampire’s Love. She considered it “practice work.” Kaori’s official debut was when she placed in the semi-finals of an art contest called “Love Hunt” which is a story she considers as “old, pathetic and couldn't possibly win.” Her debut work “Natsufuku no Erie” was published in a Hana to Yume monthly issue. After having that accomplished, Kaori started writing a series of short stories such as Cruel Fairytales, Neji, and Gravel Kingdom. Kaori Yuki considers that her own style has been influenced by western paintings and music from her high school years. Her biggest success was Angel Sanctuary, which has been adapted into an OVA and released in several countries. Her more recent manga, Blood Hound has also been adapted into a very loosely based TV series.
Many of her stories have gothic undertones, featuring dark characters involved in forbidden relationships. As a great fan of movies and Alice in Wonderland, many references to Alice, as well as various sci-fi and horror movies, can be found in her manga. In her own world, there is no right or wrong and everything decided by the people in it. Her characters struggle through many emotional and mental situations. Her imagination can be somewhat twisted.