- Series: Itazura Na Kiss (Book 1)
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (November 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569701318
- ISBN-13: 978-1569701317
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After sweet and klutzy Kotoko confesses her feelings to, and is publicly rejected by, the boy of her dreams, the brilliant and aloof Naoki, she is mortified to learn that she and her father will be moving in with the insensitive brute. Between the antics of their meddling families and classmates and Kotoko’s tendency to get in her own way, she may never have a chance to capture Naoki’s heart. With crack comic timing, this charming manga is perfect for younger teens and reminiscent of classic girl stories like Anne of Green Gables. Originally published to much acclaim and popularity in Japan in 1991, the book’s wispy art and spare backgrounds feel old-fashioned when compared to more recent manga releases, but the writing is strong, and it is easy to see the influence this had on many familiar tropes in shojo manga. Though the series remains unfinished because of the mangaka’s untimely death in 1999, DMP will release it in double-sized tomes that will bring the 23-volume series to a more manageable total of 12. Grades 7-10. --Eva Volin
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Kotoko and Naoki's story starts off slowly but soon builds to laugh-out-loud funny. Tada's characters are quirky, her plots are silly, and her storytelling and art are perfect complements to each other. Kotoko is the every-girl who is so common in shojo manga. She's not a genius; in fact, she's in Class F, the class for kids who probably won't be going on to college. Their teacher tells them, "Entering society one step ahead of everyone else and learning the ropes of employment is simply another path in life," but Class F knows a snow job when they hear one. After being rejected by Naoki, who is a genius in the elite Class A, Kotoko is determined to show that Class F is as good as anyone else, even if Naoki has to help her do it. Her plucky attitude has inspired generations of shojo heroines and it is fun to get to see where they got their spunk from. Naoki, on the other hand, is the smart, sullen shojo leading man. He's, quite frankly, a jerk, so readers are as appalled as Kotoko when she realizes that she loves him anyway. By the end of this first volume, though, he's starting to lighten up. The final section is about him trying to take his college entrance exams while hindered by a good-luck charm that is anything but. It is extremely funny and will leave readers begging for volume two. The other characters are as well-drawn as the leads. The meddling parents, the crazy friends, the annoying sibling, they're all a part of shojo manga and Tada has them down to an art.
And, when it comes to art, Tada's isn't as dated as it should be at 20+ years old. Naoki still looks like an old-school shojo character and a few of the outfits are obviously early '90s, but beyond that, nothing strikes the eye wrong. Tada's lines are thin and loose, so everything has a scratchy, floppy feel. It's perfect for the wacky humor of the story. Characters are extremely easy to tell apart, settings are given just enough detail to set the stage without overloading the page, and action is clear and easy to follow. DMP has done a terrific job with its release. Itazura Na Kiss was released in Japan in 12 omnibus editions and that is what DMP is bringing to the United States. The binding is sturdy enough to hold the large number of pages without being so tight that it can't be read easily and the book opens without breaking the spine, important for multiple reads. At $16.95 a book, this is a great value for the money. Reading the classics has never been so much fun!
-- Snow Wildsmith
And that's what I love most about this series: it's a true love story, a meeting of two people who couldn't be more different, but whose strengths and weaknesses compliment each other such that they are the perfect couple. Not perfect in that it's sunshine and roses, but in that they grow because of their differences, and can reach their bests because of that.
A couple of people have mentioned that the series is unfinished. I think it's only fair to add that while this is true, please don't think that the romance is unresolved. It is completely resolved, and the story cuts off later on after that. But if anyone yearns to see the ending as the author wanted it, it's possible to see it in the anime. Before she died, the author had told her husband how she wished the series to end, and he gave the ending to the makers of the anime so her whole story would be told as intended. It's worth looking up, as is this manga if you're someone who loves romance.
So obviously I've to read the manga and it is really cool! I liked it and there are a little difference but they are cool! If you ask me which I like better, I don't like saying this but I love the anime.
I'm on second volume now and I'm excited! I'm liking it more!
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I was really hoping to like this book. I bought several books in this series, for a really good price, online a while ago.Read more