Yana Toboso
Birthday January 24, 1984
Birth Place Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Age 34
Nationality Japanese
Professional Status
Occupation Mangaka
Known For Kuroshitsuji

Yana Toboso (枢 やな, Toboso Yana), born January 24, 1984, and known by her 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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