Yana Toboso (枢 やな, Toboso Yana), born January 24, 1984, and known by her other pen names Yanao Rock and Takaragi Yana, is a Japanese manga artist. Her most significant work is the manga series Kuroshitsuji.

She currently lives in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.[1]


Yana Toboso

Toboso's self-portrait.

Yana Toboso draws herself as a devil with a black body and horns, a round white head, and a pointed tail. Toboso is now thirty-four years old, and there are currently no known pictures and documents of Toboso's real appearance given to the public.[2]

Before Volume 4, Toboso's devil had hair.[3] Though, she later states that she had a bald spot the size of a ¥10 coin.[4]

Likes and Interests

Self-Portrayal of Toboso

How Toboso depicts herself.

Toboso is a known fan of the artist/bands: Slipknot, Linkin Park, Evanescence[5], Sid, Becca, Gackt, HYDE, Tommy heavenly6, UVERworld, L'arc~en~Ciel, Kalafina and Danny Elfman.

She also lists cats, sleep, vampires, and The Nightmare Before Christmas as some of her likes.[6]

Toboso likes the color black, eating sour food, sweet potato paste and dokudami-aloe-tea. She collects hats and never goes out without a hat, and prefers reading fashion magazines and picture books. She does not like insects and spiders.[5]


  • Glamorous Lip (Shotacon one-shot, under pen name Yanao Rock)
  • Hana Shōnen (Shotacon one-shot, under pen name Yanao Rock)
  • Rust Blaster (One-shot shōnen comic tragedy)
  • Kuroshitsuji[7]


  • It is possible that "Yana Toboso" is a pen name. In the extras of Volume 2, her editor said that she "gave [her]self a difficult name like Toboso."[8][9]
  • According to Yana Toboso, Ciel Phantomhive resembles her the most, while her editor Mr K resembles Soma Asman Kadar.[5]
  • Yana Toboso had a Devil's 6th Day website and blog, but both sites were eventually shut down.

External Links


  1. Wikipedia:Yana Toboso
  2. Why Yana Toboso does not appear in public
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga; Volumes 1-3
  4. Kuroshitsuji manga; Volume 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 147
  6. Original Japanese:
    Partial translation:
  8. Downstairs with Kuroshitsuji, Volume 2
  9. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 146

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