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Product Details

  • Series: Nosatsu Junkie (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598166549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598166545
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 8 Up–Fourteen-year-old Naka, an aspiring model, has a perfect body and beautiful, silken hair, but when she gets nervous, her face takes on a horrible expression reminiscent of a criminal. Never landing a job, she is dubbed Longshot. On the other hand, Umi is a top model who is awarded all the best jobs and earns the admiration of all those around her. When Naka finds one of Umi's personal appointment cards, she discovers a startling secret–Umi is really a boy. To protect his secret, he gets Naka modeling jobs and the two form a unique relationship. This gender-bending shojo tale relies heavily on slapstick and light romance to drive the plot. The art, typical manga fare, offers its readers many chibi (or deformed) characters to convey the overall mood. There is a decent amount of angst between Naka and Umi, and a will they or won't they sense of wonder about their relationship. Teen girls may be interested in this silly, bubbly title and its take on fashion and gender roles, even if it is somewhat lacking in substance. It will most likely fare well in libraries with a strong demand for shojo manga.–Jennifer Feigelman, Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, NY
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I started reading the first few pages. Similar to Wallflower, the manga opens with 14 year old Naka Kaburagi being rejected by her crush. She is told bluntly that she looks too scary -- the boy goes on to gush about wanting a girl like Umi Kajiwara, a very popular cute model with a smile like a "flower." Unfortunately whenever Naka tries to smile, she looks like a wanted felon. Determined to learn how to smile like Umi and make the boy regret turning her down, she tries to break into modeling.

At this point, already interested in the character and artwork, I told myself that if this "Umi" turned out to be a boy I was so buying this manga. Lo and behold, Umi bumps into Naka and drops some form of ID... which states her gender as male. Desperate to keep her quiet, he gets her a job as his modelling partner.

Naka is torn to find out that the Umi is also the demonic pretty boy student body president at her school. It's almost scary how quickly he can go from cute and girly to his normal faceted self. I can't vouch for depth of plot yet or any such thing, but just the fun relationship between these two is enough to keep me turning pages.

I ended up reading half of the book, though I didn't mean to since technically it was supposed to be considered a christmas present... I'll attempt to make myself wait for the rest ^_^; I encourage you to check out this title!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fabrizio russo on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The story has been already exposed by the previous review, but I want to tell that the good parts come from vol02 onward^^ don't be uncoraged! try hard and read vol02! you'll find out it's not as simple as it appears to be =3 The manga-ka might have found out out about the fact she was able to continue the serie, and not leave it as ch01 or ch02 lenght! But it's understoodable: this is her first work, and she didn't expected to have success and have the possibilty to arrive to "50 chapters" and more^^ yes,...this serie is still ongoing on Hana to Yume =) so after having the confident of making a long story she start making the chapters with a sort of continuation, not like vol1, that was an "experimental volume to taste the ability of the new manga-ka".

I waited so impatientally for this manga to come out can't wait for the vol2, that...even if I bought the raw manga in japanese, I still want to buy! so 5 stars for this! yeah!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura B. Nold on March 10, 2008
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When Naka Kaburagi learns top model Umi Kajiwara's actually a boy who dresses like a girl for magazines, he hires her to keep her quiet. Naka thinks this is a good time to study Umi's smile, something that has attracted both men and women everywhere, as Naka's smile is horrifying. (It makes her look like a criminal. If you've read Wallflower, about as scary as the main character's "apearance".)

This is a fairly typical romance, and is something we've all read before. I like it, but that's because sometimes i don't want a complicated plot. There are not very many twists and turns. The girl is another one of those "really pretty, but doesn't know her own potential really" types, and on top of it just tries to hard. It is decently cute, but not for everyone.
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By Kim Nguyen on March 22, 2013
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To everyone who reading this, new manga reader or other who read multiples of manga already. This experience will be more different than you thought it would. At first I was hesitated toward this book but after reading from the very begin, I could't stop. There is about 90 chapter long. Yeah that really long but really it be worth your time later on. You just have to get the book because having the book is worth more than reading it online because with books, you will always have it with you and you can read anything anywhere, compare to something online. I regretted never reading this book when I first saw it but am glad that I know I made the right decision buying this book to read. ^.^
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on December 9, 2006
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14-year-old Naka Kaburagi has a smile that would make Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!" character from The Shining envious. Seriously, when she smiles, her face is distorted in such a way that people get frightened and think she's a terrorist or a murderer! It's so bad that she can't even get a boyfriend. The last guy that turned her down said she should get a smile like Umi Kajiwara, who happens to be the hottest fashion model going. Naka plans to get her revenge on the boy and joins the same modeling agency as Umi. She is going to learn the secret of Umi's smile but the secret she discovers is something beyond her imagining. Umi is actually a guy! He promises Naka that if she keeps his secret, then he will break her into the modeling business and might just give her a smile that doesn't scare small children.

Nosatsu Junkie doesn't have a lot going for it. Even the creator, Ryoko Fukuyama, admits that it was never planned to be an extended series. Logically, the plot seems a bit thin, with the cross-dressing element serving neither as a comedy device or a suspense gimmick. The guy just happens to dress like a girl. End of story. Frankly, I was bored reading this manga, which doesn't happen a lot. I'm usually able to find at least something about a comic I like. The whole psychotic smile premise also seems a bit flimsy to base a book on. It's just not a problem that inspires sympathy or expectation. It's just dumb.
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