This charming example of shojo (manga for adolescent girls) adapts a popular novel/movie and adds two original stories dealing with the same characters and/or set in the same commercial milieu. Momoko is ultra-sensitive and feminine, picturing herself as a pampered French princess while meticulously embroidering frilly clothes. Ichigo is a member of a girls' biker gang who hides softer emotions and dresses like a feisty boy. When the two young people are thrown together, each helps the other develop new skills for survival—and for living as a whole woman. Artist Kanesada continues Takemoto's story by writing and drawing an additional episode in Ichigo's maturation, then concludes with a tale about a schoolgirl who falls in love with an older man in the garment industry. The book is more character-driven than much manga, and the page layouts do an unusually good job of weaving together different levels of the action, as readers can simultaneously see what the characters are doing, saying and thinking. There's something creepy about young girls calling themselves "Lolitas" and imagining that having sex with a grownup will transform them into grownups, too. Still, there's also a genuine sweetness about these stories as the characters grope uncertainly with new roles and take chances that can pay off wonderfully. (Feb.)
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Born January 26, in Uji City, Kyoto. Aquarius.
Debuted with the novel "missin'" in 2000. Was a candidate for the Yukio Mishima Prize for literature two years in a row with "Emily" in 2003, and "Lolita" in 2004. Other novels include "uloko hime," "twins," "A Child Abandoned by Deus," and "calps alpis." His sequel to "Kamikaze Girls" was published in June of 2005.
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Kamikaze Girls is a good manga. I liked the story and thought that the characters were interesting. It was also very funny. The art was beautiful! Read morePublished 4 months ago by lexis J.
Momoko is a lolita who has moved to a small country town and does not currently have any friends. Until through a transaction she meets Ichiko (or Ichigo) who is yanki and these... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alex
the movie is an ultimate favorite but the novel is also amazing! the hardcover is great and it just looks glorious once you finally get it in the mail. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by meetmeinseoul
I really loved this book.
Not only was the story entertaining, but Momoko's deep personal incite provided a sort-of "new way of thinking" for myself. Read more
I saw the Kamikaze Girls movie a while ago and found it quite fun. Normally I do not get the novel of movies I already saw I thought it ruin the movie for me. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Blair Mueller
My teenage daughter and her friends were watching this movie at our house one night and I got sucked in. It was wonderfully odd. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Loralee Petersen
I love this book! It is written in a whimsical view from Momoko, a lolita. I think it would be most enjoyable for lolitas, but other people may like it, too. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Grace Chang
My first impression was: Wow! What a beautiful book!
But it's more than a cute cover. It's a great view of a Lolita mind, in a lovely funny story.
I hesitate to call this a light read because I came away from the novel having learned something. There are several underlying concepts that at several points in the novel made me... Read morePublished on August 3, 2008 by Adrienne