is a Japanese manga
author and illustrator. In his manga he writes under the hiragana
form of his name, which has made some confuse him for a female (as there is no way to tell if the end of his name is the feminine -ko or the masculine -hiko). He used to use the pen name in his H
manga. He graduated from Hyōgo Prefectural Kakogawa East High School
and Kobe Design University
His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh. His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine. Other works of his include dōjinshi involving characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo!, and Battle Athletes, among others.
Azuma's style of art is easily recognizable, having distinguished itself from common shōjo and shōnen art styles in the 1990s. His most recent original works, Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!, are both in the slice of life genre.
- , a character from (video game, for adults, 1994) *debut
- MILLION FEVER (video game, for adults, 1994)
- (video game, for adults)
- Magical Play (anime, 2001–2002)