Imadoki!, Volume 1: Nowadays

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For Tanpopo Yamazaki, life at the elitist Meio Academy seems way out of her league. The daughters of wealthy families snub her; other students make light of the fact that she actually tested into Meio instead of relying on family connections, and the cute boy she saw tending a dandelion the day before wouldn't even acknowledge her existence. Hoping to make friends and have some fun, Tanpopo starts up a gardening committee, but will this help her survive in a school where superficiality and nepotism reign supreme?...
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Overview

For Tanpopo Yamazaki, life at the elitist Meio Academy seems way out of her league. The daughters of wealthy families snub her; other students make light of the fact that she actually tested into Meio instead of relying on family connections, and the cute boy she saw tending a dandelion the day before wouldn't even acknowledge her existence. Hoping to make friends and have some fun, Tanpopo starts up a gardening committee, but will this help her survive in a school where superficiality and nepotism reign supreme? IMA DOKI follows the trials and tribulations of a budding horticulturist as she makes her way down the winding road to friendship. From Yu Watase, one of Japan's most beloved shojo artists, IMA DOKI packs comedic charm and heartfelt antics into an adorable bouquet of whimsical fantasy.
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Tanpopo Yamakazi wastes no time making a big impression at her new high school; she rams her bike into Koki Kugyo, the most popular boy on campus. It's not the best way to start a relationship, but Tanpopo is determined to make Koki her friend. Thus begins Imadoki!, a manga that successfully combines high school and gardening. Tanpopo's first name means dandelion; her super-snooty classmates call her "weed," and Koki won't talk to her at all. Luckily, Tanpopo isn't the type who mopes or feels sorry for herself. She decides to form the school's one and only planting committee, and to get to know Koki through his secret passion for gardening. By doing this, Tanpopo risks expulsion; flowers are banned from campus. The second member of the planting committee is Tsuki Saionjis, aka Miss Cyanide; Tsuki joins because she has a crush on Koki, and because she likes stomping the flowers Tanpopo plants and blaming other people. By the end of the first volume, Koki also joins. Will he choose Tanpopo or Tsuki—or neither of them? Stay tuned . . . Imadoki can be read and enjoyed by both younger and older YAs. Tanpopo is an attractive heroine—she has tons of energy, an interesting pet (a fox), and a positive outlook on everything. Characters like that can be obnoxious, but I found her to be quite likeable. It's all a matter of opinion; some people think dandelions are flowers, others call them weeds. Recommended for libraries with manga collections. (Vol. one). KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Viz, 193p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
—George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591163305
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Imadoki Series , #1
  • Edition description: Not appropriate for children
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,026,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yuu Watase debuted in the Shôjo Comic manga anthology in 1989. She won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Award with Ceres: Celestial Legend. One of her most famous works is Fushigi Yûgi, a series that has inspired the prequel Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. In 2008, Arata: The Legend started serialization in Weekly Shonen Sunday."

Yuu Watase debuted in the Shôjo Comic manga anthology in 1989. She won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Award with Ceres: Celestial Legend. One of her most famous works is Fushigi Yûgi, a series that has inspired the prequel Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. In 2008, Arata: The Legend started serialization in Weekly Shonen Sunday."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    Don't be fooled by the smiles these guys give you

    I was looking about the manga section of the store when, but by chance I glance to see Imadoki looking at me. So I picked it up and looked at it. Then started to read what it was about. Well Everthing seemed to be just the way I like it. The main character has a goal that could take us on a journey and I was looking forward to the journey, but what really sold me was that it was written by Yuu Watase. I then asked myself how can Tanpopo befriend Koki, the boy with two faces? Tanpopo is a girl from the country who goes to the city to go to school. Tanpopo is the kind of person who likes to make new friends, but the problem is she is from a cram school. The people there don't respect that, they want her gone. And if that wasn't bad enough she wants to befriend the boy she met at the school the day before school started. The boy was planting a dandilion. He loves flowers and says they are his friends, but this is when nobody is around. So when Tanpopo sees him agian, he is really cold, but 'course you have to be with the fake people all around wanting to be your friend just for the sake of their companies. So will Tanpopo ever be accepted and will she ever befriend Koki? Find out in Imadoki, Volume 1.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    AMAZING!

    Generally, I love anything by Yuu Watase. Imadoki is ranked 2nd among my favorite manga, following very closely behind MARS. The story was really cute. The art style is simply beautiful, and the characters are really likable, especially Koki! &hearts

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    A Star among Manga

    I love Yu Watase's work, and Imadoki! is by far my favorite! As with all of her manga, the artwork is just drop-dead stunning, and I just absolutely loved the story and characters! Being a wonderful story about love and friendship, with plenty of comedy mixed in, Imadoki! is a must-read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    'Nowadays', there are some pretty good manga. C:

    I originally picked this up because I was looking for a new series to read, and I was getting a little frustrated because I couldn't find a manga that had artwork to suit my taste, a substantial romance to the storyline, and wasn't too 'dirty.' That's how I found Imadoki. This is an especially cute story with beautiful artwork {if you ignore, however, the stupid Viz people who erased all the Japanese effects and put in English effects} and I really enjoyed the first book. It's got a few choice words, but nothing horribly offensive, and it really didn't bother me. The main character was surprisingly bouncy and sweet, and I almost wanted to slap her into reality, but as annoying as those personalities tend to be, I wasn't really irked. Actually, I liked her spunk. I also like the fact that so much of the story is set in a high school setting, and in most manga there's fighting and the whole save the world thing. But this is a down-to-earth story and I felt like I could really connect to it. Check out this book. I am sincerely happy with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Yu Watase Manga are Great!

    It was great! A friend had bought it for me as a present and I love it very much. Then I went out and bought the whole series. You should definately read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Brill Manga^^

    I loved reading this manga, and haven't really put it down. Tanpopo is so sweet and innocent, stuck in a high school full of people who never truely are themselves. Her fox Poplar is probably my favorite character all together, so sweet and protecting of Tanpopo. The drawings kind of remind me of Alice 19th, but that is probably because they are by the same person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Great! One of Yu Watase Best!

    It surprises me how Watase comes up with these storylines they're so amazing!! You could really put yourself in Tanpopo's shoes and relate to her very very well. Well what did you expect from the great Watase. nothin but the best right?? well i cant wait till i get my hands on 2,3,4 and 5 ^_^

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    OMG this book is outstanding!

    As for me I just started reading Yu Watase's books. I think her books are awsome, and I knew that from the getco!I LOVE this book! in this book it shows that there are some decent good hearted ppl still left in this world. it still took me a long time to buy the first one!(Im broke) Lol I hope ppl will enjoy the first book as much as I did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Funny and Cute

    I laughed most of the time and loved it Koki was so cold in the begining and he is really nice I can't wait for the next volume.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    Oh....my....GOD THIS IS AN AWESOME SERIES! >D

    imadoki rules. nothing more to it. If i could, i've give it kyuujuukyuu stars because I can only count up to 99 in japanese XD BUY IMADOKI! I COMMAND YOUUUUUUUUU!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    WOW!!!

    This piece of work surprised me. It is really funny and the characters' personalitites are hilarious. I find this a very cute manga with a very original story design.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    A Great Read!!

    I wasn't sure about this book at first but I figured if it's anything like Yu Watase's previous work I would love it, and I did. It has some real serious topics, but balances them with absolutly hilarious characters. Overall this manga is great, I garantee you will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Surprised

    Surprised that right on the first page, the not yet couple meet already. In most mangas, they'd meet later on in the story. So looking forward to reading the next volume in this series. Like the main character in this one. Art work is nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    One of the Best

    The school Tanpopo got into is so cool with all the technology. I want to go to a school like that. Does Japan really have a school like that? Anyway, Tanpopo is so kind and forgiving. She cares so much for other people. Koki never had a real friend and Tanpopo is determined to be Koki's friend. Saionji is wierd but pretty realistic. All the characters are fantastic. I love this manga so much. I recommend it to anyone, especially manga lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Another great story from Yu Watase!

    It's cute, romantic, and made me cry(in a good way)!! A suggestion for anyone who's going to read this series, when you get to 4 buy 5 right away!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    A great series :)

    This is really great. a bit different from most of Watase's other works, but still really good :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    Great.

    I wasn't a huge fan of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yugi or Alice 19th, but I was blown away by Imadoki. The art is by far the best I've seen from her, and the story line is funny and cute. It just makes you laugh. This is a series worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Great story

    Imadoki takes awhile to find where I live so I got vol.1 late but, I love the story. Yu Watase is my favorite manga artist. I can't wait to read the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    A charming series

    I really love this series! It's a charming tale of one one girls quest to find friendship and love. I really like spunky Tanpopo. She's a wonderfully stubborn girl who's utterly determined to become classmate Koki's friend. As always Yu Watase's illustrations are beautiful and this first volume left me pining for volume 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    Give it a shot.

    I had been eyeing Imadoki for a long time, and now finally picked it up. And boy am I glad I did! It is a great story of a girl trying to make friends in a place where people make friends to get ahead in life, but she is different. She doesn't have hardly any money, so she is considered a weed. To her friendship is the most important thing! Now she has to try to make friends even though she has nothing to offer! Great story, great art, great read!

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