- Series: I Am Here!
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (November 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345522435
- ISBN-13: 978-0345522436
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only friends Hikage has are internet ones. There are two people (screen names Black Rabbit and Mega Pig) who comment on her blog and tell her to keep her chin up.
Then things start changing at school. After being ignored for so long, class heartthrob Hinata takes an interest in Hikage. Hikage is overwhelmed and intimidated, but also thrilled. The two hang out more and more. Unfortunately, this also brings unwanted attention on the couple. Lots of girls have crushes on Hinata, and they don't want Hikage getting him. Following years of ignoring her, the girls in her class now begin tormenting and bullying Hikage. Time and again, she seeks out her internet friends for help. It's easy for readers to infer that Black Rabbit and Mega Pig are really Hinata and his friend Teru, but this idea doesn't occur to Hikage.
Hikage is drawn in an interesting way, with sheaves of her hair turning to the side of her face to look like sad cat ears. This manga has a very distinct type of shojo art style, with pretty, androgynous characters and amazingly big eyes. It's actually a style quite common in a number of other Del Rey releases, such as Kitchen Princess, Pichi Pichi Pitch,and Mamotte! Lollipop.Read more ›
As another reviewer has already mentioned, it is truly rarity to find a story that combines both an excellent meaningful, thoughtful tale and very well done artwork. 'I Am Here!' by Ema Toyama is one of these rare books with a story that is very powerful as it touches on a basic fear all humans have, being alone, being unnoticed.
Having been someone once `lost' I can speak first hand that Mikage Sumino's own journey becomes even more poignant, carrying a stronger power, for those who have faced similar dilemmas and moments in their life, perhaps this is everyone in the world, facing moments of feeling alone and unnoticed in a world where at those times everyone else seems to have somewhere to belong.
Mikage Sumino is aided in her attempts to overcome her invisibility, by two friends she makes on her blog, and by one of the most popular boys in her class, but despite their help and her attempts, things do not always lead to success in the way she hopes, and sometimes she seems to lose as much as she gains.
This is part of what I feel makes this story so powerful and is a strength of `I Am Here!', unlike 'Kimi ni Todoke', which also features a lonely girl getting help to overcome her loneliness, `I Am Here!Read more ›
This is an emotional and straightforward manga which may not please outside the specific group it's intended for, but it does what it intends to do perfectly and was moderately enjoyable. My Amazon rating is about what I would rate the quality of the manga, and my personal rating would be roughly 3/5 - slightly above average.
Then one day two popular boys happen to talk to her, and one of them even knows her name. She decides to transform her life, but making friends in the real world does not come easy.
The story is very basic and predictable at times, but it is beautifully told. Although it is rated 13+, it is appropriate for younger readers. For older readers I would recomment "Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You" by Karuho Shiina, which has a similar, but more sophisticated plotline, and more complex characters.
Overall I give this manga 4 out of 5 sunflowers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This duology is a great series, with an adorable art style, and an interesting plot. I read and own both books, and I love love LOVE them! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samantha Hutteman
I liked it because it was like she was getting bullied just because she was hanging out with a cool kid and he showed her kind Ness then everybody didPublished 11 months ago by Christina L Thompson
Even before US publishing this was one of my favorite mangas. And once it was published I had to add it for my library. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dani
with that ending will have to get the second book. the story has been so true to high school life it is kind of scary.Published 18 months ago by Jon
this has around 400 pages and is a pretty good romance it gets a little corny latter but i enjoyed the readPublished 20 months ago by Pig yo
One of my faveorte manga. It was a fun read, nice story, and I find it to be worth the buy. I own the 2 in the booklinePublished 22 months ago by K. Thomas
This was such a great book. Kind of sad what Hikage is going through..I can relate to that but for me it wasn't as bad. Despite that, it was cute and well written/drawn. Read morePublished 23 months ago by KikiTheDestroyer
it's the best manga I've read in a while...I love the story line so far... love all the characters..there so cutePublished 24 months ago by Diana Winn
When I first saw it I didn't think it would be good but don't judge a book by its cover it is amazing and makes you want to change your own life I can relate because I'm not... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Mystery reader