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Imadoki!, Volume 1: Nowadays
     

Imadoki!, Volume 1: Nowadays

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by Yuu Watase
 

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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

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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? 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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KLIATT
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591163305
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Imadoki Series , #1
Edition description:
Not appropriate for children
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
906,782
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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Imadoki!, Volume 1: Nowadays 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad this is on Nook, I love this series it's hilarious!!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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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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.