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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Tomonori Iwaki was a typical 15-year-old boy-until he arrived home from school one day to find that he was married. Rizel is the result of the secret Protoman Kind project; she is the first human made entirely of nanobots. But her development has halted at a 12-year-old stage, and the only thing that can help her become human is love. So her "Papas," three government agents devoted to Rizel's safety, approve her marriage to Tomonori, who is dismayed at his marital state-he'd rather be hitched to his sexy homeroom teacher. Rizel -bumbles and pines for Tomonori's affection, and at each rebuff disaster ensues. But though he tries to flee his unwanted wife, a secret trauma in his past binds the two of them together. Rizel is a modern-day Pinocchio, but her quest for humanity is swallowed in a frothy, cloying cuteness and incoherent action. She's as persistent and annoying in her pursuit of Tomonori as a Tamagotchi Virtual Pet. Since Rizel's only reference for romance is the shojo manga she reads, perhaps that's not surprising. Though Rizelmine spawned a popular anime, this irrational and unsettling love story will disturb all but the most dedicated shonen manga otaku. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
The main character of Rizelmine is 15-year-old Iwaki Tomonori, who returns home from school one day only to discover that he's married. Furthermore, his new bride is 12-year-old Rizel, whom he's never met. Tomonori reacts exactly like a 15-year-old would, and after he finishes his temper tantrum Rizel explodes (literally). Rizel, depending on what part of the manga you read, is either made of nano-machines or is a proto-human (or both). Translation: she's stuck in a 12-year-old's body, has two cute Frisbee-like disks attached to her head, and oh, yes? . . . ?she can explode at will. In order to age, Rizel needs the help of a human being, and she's chosen Iwaki, who unfortunately is not flattered. However, since Rizel is Japan's top-secret project, it's not like he has much choice. This comedy/romance manga is set mainly in high school. The author is also the creator of D.N. Angel, a popular manga in my library; if your patrons like D.N. Angel, they will probably like Rizelmine. This is a twist on the usual nerdy-boy-meets-girl-with-superpowers formula so popular in manga: Tomonori wants nothing to do with Rizel, and indeed treats her rather badly. Rizelmine contains mild violence; unfortunately, I cannot recommend it for middle schoolers (even though they would love this) because of profanity, most notably the S-bomb. It's a mystery to me why profanity has been added, as it adds nothing to the story. Recommended for libraries that have manga collections geared towards high schoolers. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, Tokyopop, 132p. illus., Ages 15 to 18.
—George Galuschak

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ISBN-13:
9781595329011
Publisher:
TOKYOPOP
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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