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A pioneering mangaka who is considered the "founding mother" of modern shoujo manga.
As a member of the Year 24 Group, Hagio Moto was a key figure in the early development of manga for women and girls written by women. She made her professional debut in 1969 with her short story Lulu to Mimi published in Nakayoshi when she was just 20 years old. She also participated in the pioneering and development of the shounen-ai genre of manga with stories such as Juichigatsu no Gimunajiumu (The November Gymnasium) and Thomas no Shinzo (The Heart of Thomas).
Hagio Moto is a prolific creator who has authored dozens of stories both short and long which have been adapted to animated and live action film, plays, television and radio dramas. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work including: the 21st Shogakukan Manga Award (1976) for Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Family) and Juuichinin Iru! (They Were Eleven), 11th Seiun Award (1980) for Star Red, 14th Seiun Award (1983) for Gin no Sankaku (Silver Triangle), 16th Seiun Award (1985) for X Y, 1st Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize Award for Excellence (1997) for Zankoku na kami shihai suru (A Savage God Reigns) and the 27th Nihon SF Taisho Award (2006) for Babara Ikai (Otherworld Barbara).