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I Am Here! 1 Paperback – November 23, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the I am Here! Series

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Product Details

  • 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: #2,116,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Hikage isn't a ghost, but she's basically invisible. Each day she goes to eighth grade, and each day everyone ignores her and forgets her name. Alas, this has been going on for years, back to her childhood, when no one would bother finding her during hide and seek. One time she went into the street to save a cat from being hit by a car, only for a motorcycle to hit her because she's so unnoticeable. After that, Hikage had to spend some time in the hospital. (The cat was okay.)

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.
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By Dani on February 28, 2015
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Even before US publishing this was one of my favorite mangas. And once it was published I had to add it for my library. If you want a story of friendship that will just melt your heart well here it is. I liked also how the author took time for the love story to develop which is hard to do considering there are only two volumes for this story. It's short but I hope you give it a try.
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I am here! is technically my first shojo, excluding Cardcaptor Sakura, which I read some of when I was very young. However, I didn't know this was a shojo at first, and I also assumed much more about the story than I should have. This led to a surprise and minor disappointment when I started reading, although I don't hold that against the manga. It's easy to tell within the first few pages that this manga knows its target audience, and knows how to appeal to that audiences desires, as it's very emotional, illogical, and over-exaggerates quite often. This is far from a bad thing, and great if you're who this series was made for, but it does limit its audience. This is even true for people like myself who semi-relate to Hikage and her problems from time to time. The style is done quite well, though, and I got plenty of laughs from the over-exaggerations.

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.
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This is a really cute manga about an eight grade girl who is so shy she is literally invisible to her classmates. Her only friends are two mysterious visitors to her blog, who offer her encouraging advice.

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.
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It is truly my hope that people will not look at the price and become scared of trying 'I Am Here!' by Ema Toyama, as this first volume actually is actually a collection of the first three Japanese volumes allowing readers to meet and follow the trials of the story's heroine Hikage Sumino, perhaps seeing moments from our own past or present, or that of someone we know, within her journey of moving away from the `shadows', of being `lost' and moving more into the `light'.

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!
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