Shōko Toba
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Akuma to Odore (悪魔と踊れ)

Kadokawa Shoten (角川書店):  Asuka Comics (あすかコミックス)
Shinsho-ban (新書版)

v.1:  ISBN-10:4-04-924365-2, 07/1993
v.2:  ISBN-10:4-04-924385-7, 10/1993
v.3:  ISBN-10:4-04-924399-7, 01/1994
v.4:  ISBN-10:4-04-924440-3, 07/1994
v.5:  ISBN-10:4-04-924455-1, 09/1994
v.6:  ISBN-10:4-04-924504-3, 04/1995
v.7:  ISBN-10:4-04-924529-9, 08/1995
v.8:  ISBN-10:4-04-924539-6, 10/1995
v.9:  ISBN-10:4-04-924564-7, 01/1996
v.10:  ISBN-10:4-04-924606-6, 07/1996
v.11:  ISBN-10:4-04-924617-1, 09/1996

The story was written by Natsuki Matsuoka (松岡なつき) under her pen name Yuika Togashi (富樫ゆいか).

Tongli (東立) translated the series into Chinese under the title Yu E Mo Gong Wu (與惡魔共舞).

Makai Tenshou:  Yume no Ato (魔界転生  夢の跡)

Kadokawa Shoten (角川書店):  Asuka Comics DX (あすかコミックスDX)
B6

v.1:  ISBN-10:4-04-852807-6, 05/1997
v.2:  ISBN-10:4-04-852808-4, 06/1997

Makai Tenshou began as a novel by Fuutarou Yamada (山田風太郎).  It was then made into a live-action film and a boys’ comic drawn by Ken Ishikawa (石川賢).  It later became a two-part animated video series, released in the US by ADV Films under the title Ninja Resurrection.  Toba’s version followed all of these but, as far as I know, was directly related only to the original book.  There have since been other comic versions drawn by Shinzou Tomi* (とみ新蔵) and Naoko Kugo (九後奈緒子).

Shinigami Gururi to Sakuya Series:  Yasashii Himitsu no Mori* (死神・ 周と咲耶シリーズ  優しい秘密の森)

Kadokawa Shoten (角川書店):  Asuka Comics (あすかコミックス)
Shinsho-ban (新書版)

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ISBN-10:4-04-924880-8, 11/2001

Bara no Satsujin (薔薇の殺人)

Akita Shoten (秋田書店):  Susperia Mystery Comics (サスペリアミステリーコミックス)
B6

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ISBN-10:4-253-18491-X, 11/2002

Based on the novel by Yasuo Uchida (内田康夫).

This title was translated into Chinese by Ever Glory (長鴻) as Qiang Wei Sharen Shijian* (薔薇殺人事件).

Other Works:

Toba’s first comic to be released as a volume was her rendition of Genji Monogatari (源氏物語) by Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部), published by Kadokawa Shoten.  This work was reprinted as part of NHK Manga de Yomu Koten 3:  Genji Monogatari, Ise Monogatari (NHKまんがで読む古典3  源氏物語・ 伊勢物語), published by Home-Sha, a subsidiary of Shueisha (集英社), and rereleased more recently by Kin-no-Hoshi Sha (金の星社).  Another early comic was Ryuu to Ken to Mahou (竜と剣と魔法), which appears to be fantasy.  It was published by Gakken (学研) under Nora Comics - Pocke Series.

But Toba primarily drew "boys’ love" titles, for both girls and women.  (While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the stories are not also horror or mystery, it makes it very hard to get any other information about them.  So it is possible that a couple of the following works qualify; please let me know if you have any relevant information!)

From Kadokawa Shoten’s Asuka Comics DX and Asuka Comics CL-DX:

From Ohtoh Shobo (桜桃書房) under Gust Comics:

And Hohoemi no Housoku (微笑の法則), from Houbunsha (芳文社) under Hanaoto Comics (花音コミックス).

Toba had a piece included in Ohta Books (太田出版)’s "cat comic anthology" Neko no O-mimi wa Dou Shite Sankaku? (猫のお耳はどうして三角?).  As yet unidentified short works by Toba have also appeared in Akita Shoten anthologies such as Meitantei Nekomaru-senpai no Jikenbo (名探偵  猫丸先輩の事件簿), Uchida Yasuo Asami Mitsuhiko Mystery & Ryojou Suspense (内田康夫浅見光彦ミステリー&旅情サスペンス) 8 and 13, and Nishimura Kyoutarou Mystery Comic Selection:  Totsugawa Keibu Hanzai Report (西村京太郎ミステリーコミックセレクション  十津川警部犯罪レポート) 8.

She illustrated a few of Natsuki Matsuoka’s novels, including Dai Shichi no Fuuin (第七の封印), Bathroom no Ningyo-hime* (バスルームの人魚姫), and Niji no Kiseki (虹の軌跡), all published by Shogakukan (小学館) under Palette Bunko (パレット文庫).  Kadokawa Shoten published her illustration book Aqua under Asuka Comics DX.

Toba passed away in February of 2008.  An adaptation of Emma Darcy’s Bride of His Choice entitled Shiawase no Mitsu no Aji (幸せの蜜の味) was published posthumously by Harlequin (ハーレクイン).