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Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories
     

Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories

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by Arina Tanemura
 

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• A collection of four short stories in one volume.
• From the creator of Full Moon o Sagashite , Time Stranger Kyoko, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance †, all published by VIZ Media.
• There were 31 reprints of Short-Tempered Melancholic from 1998-2004.
• Full Moon manga has sold through over 120k units in the U.S. to date.

Overview

• A collection of four short stories in one volume.
• From the creator of Full Moon o Sagashite , Time Stranger Kyoko, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance †, all published by VIZ Media.
• There were 31 reprints of Short-Tempered Melancholic from 1998-2004.
• Full Moon manga has sold through over 120k units in the U.S. to date.
• Full Moon anime DVD’s are also available from VIZ Media.
• To be previewed and promoted in VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat magazine.
• Arina Tanemura was VIZ Media’s guest at the 2007 Comic Con in San Diego.

A collection of four short stories from the famed mangaka Arina Tanemura!

Short-Tempered Melancholic:
Kajika Yamano is a female ninja whose job is to protect her family's legendary weapon. But when a boy she has a crush on tells her she should be more ladylike, she vows to give up all ninja deeds.

This Love is Nonfiction:
Yuri sends her pen pal Ryo a picture of herself—but it's really of her best friend Karin, who is prettier than she is. Now Ryo wants to meet her, so she has no choice but to send Karin instead!

Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines:
Minori falls in love with Takato, a boy who shared his umbrella with her one rainy afternoon. Now she "forgets" her umbrella every time it rains in hopes of becoming closer to him.

The Style of the Second Love:
Mana secretly likes her friend's boyfriend, but Nakamura, a younger boy, is determined to win Mana's heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

According to this book, the four most romantic things a Japanese high school girl can hope for are walking home from school with her boyfriend, baking for said boyfriend, sharing an umbrella and going to the aquarium. All four are central to the stories of Short-Tempered Melancholic, a collection of short early works by Tanemura (Gentlemen's Alliance, Full Moon). The title story follows Kaijika, a ninja girl. Her love interest, Fujisaki, wants Kaijika to be more ladylike (and less ninjalike) while childhood friend Tanimoto is fine with Kaijika as is. In "This Love Is Non-Fiction," a pair of pen pals exchange false pictures of themselves and then agree to meet on a date at the aquarium, employing their best friends' help. In "Rainy Afternoons Are for Romantic Heroines," a girl realizes that by turning down her current crush the previous year, turning him bitter toward all girls. "The Style of Second Love" is Tanemura's inventive debut work about a girl in love with her best friend's boyfriend. Tanemura's work never lacks energy in pacing and layouts, but she occasionally reuses character designs across books. Despite the ninja on the cover, the bulk of the book is straightup romance, which is too bad, as Kaijika is an appealing protagonist. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421518015
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Series:
Short-Tempered Melancholic Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
181
Sales rank:
519,698
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. Tanemura gained fame with the 1997 publication of I•O•N, a high school romance with a supernatural twist. From 1998 to 2000, she worked on the popular series Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko in 2000–2001 and Full Moon in 2002. Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon have been adapted into TV series.

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