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Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls

4.6 11
by Novala Takemoto, Yukio Kanesata (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly
This charming example of shojo (manga for adolescent girls) adapts a popular novel/movie and adds two original stories dealing with the same characters and/or set in the same commercial milieu. Momoko is ultra-sensitive and feminine, picturing herself as a pampered French princess while meticulously embroidering frilly clothes. Ichigo is a member of a girls' biker gang who hides softer emotions and dresses like a feisty boy. When the two young people are thrown together, each helps the other develop new skills for survival-and for living as a whole woman. Artist Kanesada continues Takemoto's story by writing and drawing an additional episode in Ichigo's maturation, then concludes with a tale about a schoolgirl who falls in love with an older man in the garment industry. The book is more character-driven than much manga, and the page layouts do an unusually good job of weaving together different levels of the action, as readers can simultaneously see what the characters are doing, saying and thinking. There's something creepy about young girls calling themselves "Lolitas" and imagining that having sex with a grownup will transform them into grownups, too. Still, there's also a genuine sweetness about these stories as the characters grope uncertainly with new roles and take chances that can pay off wonderfully. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Publication date:
Kamikaza Girls Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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Kamikaze Girls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Kamikaze Girls' was extremely funny, but it was also a great story about friendship. It takes place in Japan, so if you are interested in modern Japanese culture at all, I would also recommend it. I re-read excerpts from this book all the time. It was definitely worth the money. The 'Kamikaze Girls' movie was also fun to watch, but it was not as funny as the book was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great, made me want to watch the movie. The story after Ichiago's story, was plain awful. I guess it is personal taste, but I thought it wasn't really needed at all. Incase you haven't read the book, in the story it tells about how a girl wants to be grown up and she want's an adult relationship. She gets psychal and it really didn't end the manga happily. I think if that story was really not needed, and I hope that people will look past it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! Who ever LOVES Japanese fashion should read this! The story line is great! I also have read the manga... and I also own the movie!! Its the greatest story ever!!!!!!!