Tada made her debut in 1977, when still a high school student, on Shueisha's "Deluxe Margaret" magazine. Tada's stories belong to the shōjo genre of manga and feature love stories centred around young female characters and their love interests. The storylines include comedic moments and are characterised by essential and sharp drawings. Some of Tada's most popular works are Ai Shite Knight, Itazura na Kiss and Kimi no na wa Debora.
Ai Shite Knight portrays the Japanese rock music scene of the early 1980s. The anime series based on Ai Shite Knight was the first ever to feature original songs performed within the episodes. Another of Tada's works, Miihaa Paradise is also set in the rock 'n' roll world.
Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) - begun in 1991 and never completed - was by far Tada's most successful work in Japan. It tells the love story between Kotoko and Naoki from high school until after their marriage. The series inspired also an illustrated art book and two novels written by Nori Harata and published in Shueisha's "Cobalt" series. In 1996 a live action Japanese TV series based on Itazura na Kiss was also produced, starring Aiko Satō as Kotoko and Takashi Kashiwabara as Naoki. In 2005, the series was adapted into a Taiwanese drama under the name of It Started With a Kiss and in 2008 an anime was also released.
List of manga
- Ai Shite Night (or Knight), 愛してナイト, serialized in Margaret, 1981-83, 7 volumes
- Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss), イタズラなＫｉｓｓ, Margaret, 1991-, 23 volumes
- Itazura na Kiss Irasuto Shuu, 多田かおるイラスト集 イタズラなＫｉｓｓ, artbook published by Shueisha, 1 volume
- Kawaii Ojisama (A Fine Dad), Margaret, 1 volume
- Kimagure Enjeru (Capricious Angel), きまぐれエンジェル, Margaret, 1 volume
- Kimi no Na wa Debora (Your name is Deborah), 君の名はデボラ, Margaret, 1988, 2 volumes
- Debora ga Raibaru (Deborah's the Rival), デボラがライバル, Margaret, 1996-1998, 4 volumes
- Sabishigariya no Deborah, さびしがりやのデボラ, Margaret, 1 volume
- Horeru Yo! Koi, Margaret, 1 volume
- Ai Shi Koi Shi no Manon!, Margaret, 1 volume
- Kinta-kun ni Goyoujin!, Margaret, 1 volume
- Tiinzu Burabo (Teens Bravo), Margaret, 1 volume
- Miihaa Paradise (Fans' Paradise), Margaret, 2 volumes
- High School Magic, Margaret, 2 volumes
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- Kaoru Tada Official Site (in Japanese)
- Itazura na Kiss Fan Page
- Biographical information on Kaoru Tada (in Italian)
- About "Miihaa Paradise"ko:다다 가오루