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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc; Sh Ojo Ed edition (3 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591163307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591163305
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A manga artist for over ten years, Watase's debut came in 1989 at the age of 18 when her short story PAJAMA DE OJAMA (An Intrusion in Pajamas) appeared in the monthly Shojo Comic manga anthology. Since then she has written and drawn some 50 volumes worth of different short stories and long-running manga series, including the fantastically popular FUSHIGI YUGI, also available in English from VIZ. Her works have provided the basis for two television series, an OVA series, anime soundtrack CDs, and a string of novels.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Armstrong on 20 Dec 2005
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If you like Fushigi Yuugi, you'll like this. Its about a country girl who gets into a prestigious rich-school and goes to great lengths (mostly loud and humouress ones) to become friends with koki? (cant really remember name ^-^) who happens to be the son of the founder. She ends up bringing out his loving side, instead of the cool, harsh exterior.
The artwork is, as ever, beautiful. I personally love Yu Watase's work, its always really fun and interesting. Although I havent read any further than the first volume, I'm looking forward to the rest of the story. Its only just begun...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aka-chin on 25 Nov 2008
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After quite long fantasy series' 'Fushigi Yugi' and 'Ceres', this 5 volume series from Watase is a refreshing change!

It focuses on the protagonist, Tanpopo Yamazaki who starts at a very prestigious high school, hoping to make lots of new friends. But no one is who they seem to be...

A cute story, centered on friendship and being true top yourself. I love it so far and now I want the rest!! Highly recommended as a starter manga as it's quite simple and easier to follow than the longer 'F.Y.' or 'Ceres'...and the characters really grow on you. Plus it's really funny, too! ^////^;
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Jan 2008
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I really enjoyed reading this one! I couldn't stop laughing, it was that good! One buy that was worth it!
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By Miaka2012 on 28 Dec 2014
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Yuu Watase is my favourite Manga artist and I liked this Manga.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
It's a beautiful story. 26 Jan 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd like to point out a few misconceptions in some of the reviews concerning the Imadoki series ^^ ---

1) This is not "Watase's first high school drama". In fact, high school dramas are not a deviation from Watase's usual, a popular example would be Pubescence. Fushigi Yugi, Ayashi no Ceres, and Arisu 19th the only other Watase mangas released in the US, but although they're magic-girl mangas, this does not mean Yu Watase is not experienced in drawing a non-magical genre!
2) Imadoki has 5 volumes total (not 6). It is complete in Japan a few years ago and VIZ is printing volume 5 in February (street date is in March, but you can buy it off Amazon during February).
3) Imadoki does not come after Arisu "Alice" 19th. Although it was released in the U.S. after Alice 19th, it came out in Japan before Alice 19th. You might recognize Imadoki as a sort of "transition" artwork from Ceres to Alice 19th.

As for my review on the manga, I won't give you a summary of this volume, since everyone else has already given you a very comprehensive idea of the manga. My opinion is that this is by far Watase's best work, next to Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (which has, in fact, been licensed in the US by VIZ and will be coming out this June!).

//Character Analysis
(as compared to Fushigi Yugi, Ayashi no Ceres, & Arisu 19th)

Compared to the Yu Watase mangas released in the US, Tanpopo is probably the most sweetest main character of all. I believe that she has a lot more integrity than Miaka, Aya, or Alice, but is still a very realistic and sweet girl who believes in friendship above all else.

While all the main characters have unique traits of their own, I feel that Tanpopo is a stronger girl than Miaka or Alice. If her best friend or sister is in love with the boy she likes (as in the cases of Miaka & Alice), she would abandon her own feelings and support what she respects the most - her relationship with family and friends. As you will see in a later volume, Tanpopo refuses to get in the way of a relationship even if the antagonist (I won't mention any names or details lest I spoil you) is neither her sister nor best friend.

I also feel that this is a manga where all the characters glow equally with unique beauty. In mangas like Fushigi Yugi, it feels like the side characters often appeal to the reader more than the main characters themselves. Since Ms. Watase had once said that "character relationships" is what she tries hardest to be develop in a story, I think Imadoki is a success in this aspect. You will find that every character is loveable in their own way, especially the adorable protagonist, Tanpopo.

//Translation

The translation of Imadoki is actually very close to the actual Japanese text and the English variation did not take away from the story. Instead, the slightly altered variations only adds to the story, creating a comical character that you will meet in volume two (which is where the story starts to really pick up its pace).

In conclusion I must say that Imadoki is worth every dollar you pay for it - and at five volumes, there's no reason for anyone to not read it!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Change is scary...but sometimes it's good! 10 July 2004
By FFGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All right, I will admit this: I bought Imadoki because of the manga-ka's name on the front: Yu Watase. Watase-san has never disappointed me, and I have read all of her works that have been translated into English up to this date. (July 2004). However, I was a little surprised when I started to read. No fantasy world? No magical powers? No "ultimate destiny" like the ones faced by Miaka, Aya, and Alice? This is definitely different than Watase-san's other works. I'm not going to give you a plot summary, that's what the little Amazon review thingy is for up above. But, I will tell you this: Yes, this book is not like Watase-san's other works. Heroes and villians aren't exactly defined, the world isn't in danger, and golly, there are an awful lot of flowers.
However, the elements that Watase uses to tell her story are still the same ones she uses in Fushigi Yugi, Ceres, Alice...she gives us a protagonist (female, of course!) that is struggling with something other girls in the world can relate to. Only this time around, the girl isn't thrust into this sudden alternate universe to help her solve her problems and realize her self-worth; this heroine does it on her own turf, with her own hands. There are the beautiful drawings and the handsome bishonen ^_^, and the fact that Watase-san puts a new spin on a pretty-much used up misunderstood-girl plot.
If you are a Watase-san fan, then I don't hesitate to recommend this to you, although if you are going to be disappointed by a lack of fantasy genre and short length (this series is only 5 books long), you might consider picking it up at another time. If you are a shoujo manga fan in general, then this title won't disappoint. It has enough cuteness, and you might be turned on to Watase's other titles. Personally, I loved it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Watase at her best. 14 Oct 2005
By Karusichan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tanpopo Yamazaki is not your average Meio High School Freshman, as evidenced by her grand entry into her school... by flying over a guard rail on her bike the day before she starts class. This brazen act of individuality is witnessed by a young man planting a dandelion with a spade. He is concerned for the dandelion, or "Tanpopo"... yes, the heroine's name means dandelion... because her actions have harmed it, and life at the school is difficult enough for the plants that the young man considers to be his friends. The two part ways for the day before Tanpopo learns of the young man's name.

The first day at school Tanpopo meets the young man in her class, but he is extremely cold to her. She finds out from a fellow student that his name Koki Kugyo and that he is an heir to a large fortune. When she persists to remind him that they have met the truth of her allowance into the academy is revealed...horror of horrors, she actually tested into the academy instead of having her parents pave the way with their exorbitant fortunes. This immediately causes a reaction from the bourgeoisie , who find her quite plebian, and refuse to have anything to do with her. The start calling her "Weed" to her face and making all sorts of nasty comments, but no amount of torment from them is as bad as the out and out ignoring she is getting from Koki, who had been so pleasant to her on their first chance meeting. At a class assembly the first day Tanpopo calls him out, pledging her allegiance that she and he will be friends with one another and she will not rest until she has achieved that end.

This causes some problems with her reputation, as you can imagine, but Tanpopo manages to navigate things in such a way that she and he are on the planting committee. This entails strange actions, because none of the plants at the academy are actually real, for allergy preventions. But, she and he become a team, and everyone is surprised when Tsukiko Saionji, a pretty, popular, and (more importantly to the elite members of Meio) rich young woman volunteers to join their committee. Tanpopo's first duty as a planting committee member is to go against tradition surreptitiously and replant all of the plastic flowers with real flowers... which causes some problems for everyone, the members of the planting committee included.

So, at the core, what is this charming series about? It's about values, strength, and resolve to do what is right despite all the adversity. It's about a bubbly young iconoclast just being herself in a situation where everyone else has developed a façade to survive. It's about changing other people's perceptions and helping them grow when they realize that everything they have ever been taught to believe doesn't necessarily translate as being the "right or wrong" way. Is this a diversion from Watase's usual fair? Oddly enough no it is not. Typically her stories are much more harsh, but the core elements are still there. Friendship, overcoming obstacles, love and pain, growth, finding oneself... those are all key to enjoying a Watase story, and they are all here. This story may be lighter than typical Watase work, but it definitely stand among (and I would even argue out) in the pantheon of her work. Fans of her usual work will not be disappointed in this fun series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Friends Forever 6 Sep 2004
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Yu Watase has done it again. Another little masterpiece that captures your heart and soul. I love Yu Watase and envy her as well.

This is a MUST HAVE story. The first time I saw it I didn't know what to expect and being the devilish person that I am decided to try it out so I bought it without reading any of the pages and lo and behold I found a story that made my day. The story is about a young country girl who goes to the city to attend high school. As she does though she finds out that the people there aren't as friendly or close as she was used to. The school she ends up in is a high class school for the rich and snobby individuals who have everything but real friends. She soon becomes friends with a guy there and teaches him that there is a thing called friendship and allows him to open his heart.

I just love the story and recommend it to anyone and everyone. It lifts your spirits up because you know that friendship is a rare treasure that everyone should have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly sweet for Yu Watase... 8 Jun 2005
By Kathleen E. Manske - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Imadoki is a very charming story. It bas sweet and charming characters, as well as a very realistic story that, quite literally, thrusts you into the life of Tanpopo (dandelion) Yamazaki (she enters the story by flying over her school gate on her bicycle). It follows her rambunctiuos and often hilairous antics as she becomes a student at a wealthy high school in Tokyo, wher she is called weed by the rich students there. Tanpopo doesn't fit in; she isn't from a wealthy family, her looks are average, and she's not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. However, Tanpopo does have something that the other students don't-- she has unstopable optimism and a loving, forgiving heart. She almost immediatly decides that she wants the most prestigous and wealthy student of them all-- the handsome but cold Koki Kugyo-- to be her first Tokyo friend. She has some ideas of how to do this, but none seem to work--until she decides to create a gardening club (since Koki says that his favorite things in life are plants) that would build their friendship while they plant new life in the gardens together. This plan works (somehow) though only a few students join-- Koki, who finds her upbeat and incredibly optimistic lifestyle refreshing compared to the other "fake" students, mean and controlling "Tsuki " Saionji, computer geek and psychopath (but generally nice guy)Aoi Kyogoku, and pregnant but caring party girl Arisa Uchimura. As this fearsome fivesome get closer, Tanpopo slowly falls in love with Koki, but koki's family have some "issues" they need to get through first-- including a lovely fiancee for Koki to one day marry. I like this story--it focuses no some very serious issues, such as underage drinking, bullying, and pregnancy. However, most of the story is very cheerful and funny (it's about gardening for pete's sake...), which is strange for a story written by Yu Watase. I higly recommend this read. Very cute.
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