Shungiku Nakamura (中村 春菊, Nakamura Shungiku) is a Japanese manga artist and author. She is the creator of the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series.
Nakamura's career began in 1998 with the release of the boys love manga Touzandou Tentsui Ibun, published in GUST Comics.
She is most famous for creating Junjou Romantica (lit. Pure-hearted Romance), which began in 2002 in the quarterly boys love manga magazine CIEL Tres Tres. The series has been adapted into drama CDs and an anime, and it has a series of tie-in novels.
Her distinct style of manga has been identified largely throughout Japanese and English yaoi fanbases. Her works often include one relationship with a large (10+ year) age gap and characters with careers in the publishing industry, as depicted in Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi.
Nakamura avoids photographs, and no official photos of her have been released.
Nakamura approves some aspects of the licensed releases of her manga. The North American licensor SuBLime had to adjust their release schedule for Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi to accommodate Nakamura's busy schedule.
- Junjo Romantica (2002 - Ongoing)
- Junjou Mistake (2008 - Ongoing)
- Hybrid Child (2003 - 2004)
- Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (2006 - Ongoing)
- √W.P.B. (2004)
- Touzandou Tentsui Ibun (1998)
- Mangetsu Monogatari
- Tsuki wa Yamiyo ni Kakuru ga Gotoku (1999)
- Picturesque of a Mask (art only)
- Umi ni Nemuru Hana
- Shungiku Nakamura on Wikipedia
- Junjou Romantica wiki
- Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance on Wikipedia
- Hybrid Child on Wikipedia