Girl Got Game, Volume 1

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Kyo Aizawa is very excited about getting to attend Seisyu Academy, which is famous for its adorable girls' uniforms. Her spirits are crushed, however, when she opens the package containing her school uniform to find a boy's uniform. Her father explains to her that, as Seisyu Academy is also famous for its boys' basketball program, he enrolled her as a boy so she can fulfill his own dream of becoming an NBA basketball star. To make matters worse, she has to stay in the boys' dorms, and her roommate is the same boy...
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Overview

Kyo Aizawa is very excited about getting to attend Seisyu Academy, which is famous for its adorable girls' uniforms. Her spirits are crushed, however, when she opens the package containing her school uniform to find a boy's uniform. Her father explains to her that, as Seisyu Academy is also famous for its boys' basketball program, he enrolled her as a boy so she can fulfill his own dream of becoming an NBA basketball star. To make matters worse, she has to stay in the boys' dorms, and her roommate is the same boy she came to hate at tryouts.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Published in Japan in 2000 as Power!!, this is a textbook example of gender-bending shajo manga: a high school romance with cross-dressing, homoerotic tenderness and many scenes of embarrassment and (near-) discovery. The plot turns, naturally, on a young woman with a secret: Kyo Aizawa, an ace basketball player who, at her father's insistence, passes as a boy and joins a renowned high school team. To complicate matters, Kyo falls for the team's star player, a haunted young man named Chiharu Eniwa, who turns out to be her on-court rival-and roommate. Then, in a further irony, Kyo sets out to resolve Chiharu's shattered love life, despite her own desires. Confusion ensues: Kyo and Chiharu's relationship is full of surprises, reversals and anxious glances. The thrill is heightened for readers, who know the highly charged homoerotic relationship between the two is, at least potentially, a closeted heterosexual romance-though, as is often the case in shajo manga, sexual ambiguity gets free play (indeed, Kyo attracts female groupies of her own). Yet Seino's first full-length effort is far from the best of this genre: the plot is transparent, and the supporting characters are flattened by her attention to the leads. Moreover, Kyo's conflict with her father is perfunctory, and the story's sexual tensions lack the suggestive power of, say, Fuyumi Soryo (Mars) or Moto Hagio (They Were Eleven). The formulaic story remains readable despite these flaws: Seino's art is generally open and clear, emphasizing facial expressions over scenic particulars. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Kyo is excited about attending Seisyu High School. The girls' uniforms are so cute that they're in all the magazines. But when the package arrives, she gets a shock: it's a boy's uniform. Seisyu is also famous for its men's basketball team, and Kyo's father wants her to live out his dream to play in the NBA. She just wants to be a normal girl, but she wants to make her dad happy, too, so she finds herself masquerading as a guy, living in the dorms with her teammates, and trying to figure out how to manage the shared bathroom situation. The novel is a winning combination of sports action, gender comedy, and school drama. Kyo has a contentious relationship with her roommate, Chiharu, who mocks her for being too short to play basketball and then gets flustered because he finds his "male" teammate attractive. Seino's characters are appealing, and her art is skillful and fluid. This is a fast, fun read-just the thing for downtime between school and practice.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591826965
  • Publisher: TOKYOPOP
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: Girl Got Game Series, #1
  • Edition description: Right-to-Left Format
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Let the Games Begin!

    This series looks really fun and interesting. I really enjoyed this volume and thought that the characters were really good. The personality test at the end of the volume was pretty cute as well.

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  • Posted October 24, 2008

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    My FAVORITE MANGA!

    Great story I highly recommend this. It's a gender bender just like Hana-Kimi but I prefer this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Awsome

    I read the 6th book so far and thought that it was the coolest. It was awsome. Kyo has real guts to live like she does and to do what her father wants her to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Awesome

    By the title of Girl Got Game and the summary, you would think 'Oh, another gender blending romance'. But really it's more then that. This has the comedy of Kodocha with the romance of Marmalade Boy or Kill Me, Kiss Me. It also has the kindness of Fruits Basket! It has to go on my list of favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    No one's going to read this because I'm last...:(

    I really just got into manga, but I can already tell this is going to be a good series. The first book is witty and really lets you relate to the characters. Plus it has really great artwork!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Cute

    At first I felt bad for Kyo but then, she does get to live in the boys dorm so whats the problem. Kyo tries hard to act like a boy but some things like one shower is not helping. I read 1-6 and I think it is funny as hell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    This is the best!!!

    this is one of the best manga books I have ever read!!! my friends really love it to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2004

    Awesome, nuff said. >=]

    GGG V.1 was awesome; beautiful art and great plot, funny and twisty. I loved how the manga was based on a girl who has to crossdress and try to keep up her appearance as a guy. Don't see that too often among mangas. =] Fan of comedic romance? GGG is a great manga to read next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    ^__^

    this is such a nice book!! when i first saw it i didnt really want to read it but i read it anyways it turned up awsome! its so funny! im waiting for the second book to come so i could buy it at the book store i cant wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Wow

    I luv this soooo much, it's the cutest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    First timer

    This was the first time i had ever read a manga. It was excellent and i can't wait 'till i can read the second volume. Read the other series and different mangas. They look good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    So COOL

    This is like one of the all time best mangas I've read in forever!!!! It is full of twist and turn and COOLNESS!!!!!!! If you're only gonna read one manga this year read this one or Kill Me Kiss Me... THEY ALL ROCK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    I LOVE THIS MANGA!

    I LOVE this book! It is really soul satisfying! It portrays comedy, romance, team work, and sports all in one! I highly reccomend it to any one!

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