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Ayako (manga)

is the name of a manga trilogy by Osamu Tezuka. It was serialized in Big Comic, a manga magazine published by Shogakukan. It is licensed in North America by Vertical. It is also licensed in France by Delcourt/Akata and in Italy by Hazard Edizioni.

The story is about a post- World War II Japanese family, the Tenge, who have to cope with economic and family tensions while the country is under reconstruction.


is a common feminine Japanese given name. Ayako can be written using different kanji characters and can mean, e.g.:

  • 文子, "writings, child"
  • 綾子, "twill, child"
  • 絢子, "kimono design, child"
  • 彩子, "coloring, child"
  • 順子, "order, child"
  • 礼子, "courtesy, child"
  • 亜矢子, "Asia, arrow, child"
  • 安夜子, "peaceful, night, child"

The given name can also be written in hiragana or katakana: