The official website for Shueisha’s Ribon magazine has announced that manga creator Konami Sonoda passed away on August 4, 2019 due to breast cancer. She was 42 years old at the time of her passing.
Sonoda was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1977. She made her debut with the High Tension Hour manga in the special oversized early spring issue of Shueisha’s Ribon Bikkuri magazine in 1995.
Sonoda launched the ChocoMimi fashion manga in Shueisha’s Ribon Original magazine in May 2003. The manga transferred to Ribon magazine in March 2004, where it had been serialized since. ChocoMimi went on hiatus earlier in the September 2019 issue of Ribon magazine due to Sonoda’s poor health.
Shueisha published the manga’s first compiled book volume in July 2005 and published the 11th compiled volume in January 2019. VIZ Media released the first five volumes in English.