Sugar Princess: Skating to Win, Volume 1

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• From the author of the popular shojo series Hana-Kimi.
• Sugar Princess is the most recent series from Hisaya Nakajo.
• The first chapter of Sugar Princess is to be previewed in the July 2008 issue of Shojo Beat magazine.
• Over 250k units of Hana-Kimi manga have sold-through in the U.S. to date.
• Beautiful art, and fun and charming ...

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• From the author of the popular shojo series Hana-Kimi.
• Sugar Princess is the most recent series from Hisaya Nakajo.
• The first chapter of Sugar Princess is to be previewed in the July 2008 issue of Shojo Beat magazine.
• Over 250k units of Hana-Kimi manga have sold-through in the U.S. to date.
• Beautiful art, and fun and charming characters will appeal to readers of all ages.
• Originally serialized in the bi-weekly manga anthology Hana to Yume (Flowers & Dreams) from Hakusensha.
• Volume 2 ranked #34 on 3/18/2007 Tohan rankings in Japan.
• Volume 1 features 6 one-page profiles (illustrations and author comments) on famous figure skaters.

Maya Kurinoki is an 8th-grader who has no experience in ice-skating but seems to have natural talent. She performs a double axel and impresses a scout named Eiji Todo, who tells her that he can make her a skating "princess." Todo tells Maya that she'll have to convince famous skater Shun Kano to coach her and become her skating partner. Unfortunately for Maya, Shun only wants to skate singles.

When Maya Kurinoki takes her little brother to the local ice-skating rink for the first time, she's got her hands full just trying to get him to let go of the bar. To inspire a bit of bravery in him, she attempts a double axel—and lands it! Maya never imagined that this jump would change her life...or that a coach named Eiji Todo would vow to make her a figure skating "princess"! Now all Maya has to do is convince famous skater Shun Kano to become her partner. Too bad Shun doesn't want to have anything to do with her!

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Publishers Weekly

Nakajo (Hana-Kimi) creates another soft sports manga, this time about figure skating. Maya Kurinoki takes up skating at her local rink and is scouted by an ice-skating coach. When the rink owner plans to shut it down, Maya agrees to pair with professional figure skater Shun Kano in a contest to keep the rink open. Rated all ages, Sugar Princess is true 'tween reading. Young readers will appreciate 14-year-old Maya (who looks and acts more like a naïve 10 or 12 year old) and her altruistic determination. The story itself is cute, peppered with gorgeous young men, and Nakajo does her figure-skating research. But fans of the sport may find that the illustration focuses too lightly on the skating and too heavily on the character dramatization. One of the strengths of all-star sports manga like Slam Dunk or of dance manga like Swan are the action sequences. Nakajo tries, but so far, her series shows little of the balletic movement that lovers of figure skating adore. The pacing may pick up in the next volumes, the skating as well, but given Nakajo's record with Hana-Kimi and her concentration on boy-girl dynamics, this manga may develop as a sugar-sweet story of romance off the ice. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421519302
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Sugar Princess: Skating To Win Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,427,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hisaya Nakajo's manga series Hanazakari no Kimitachi he (For You in Full Blossom, casually known as Hana-Kimi) has been a hit since it first appeared in 1997 in the shojo manga magazine Hana to Yume (Flowers and Dreams). In Japan, a Hana-Kimi art book and several "drama CDs" have been released. Her other manga series include Missing Piece (two volumes) and Yumemiru Happa (The Dreaming Leaf, one volume).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Ya gpotta read it!!!hoping for the next one

    This girl skates with herbrother. The brother didn t know how to . When asked she does a move from just seeing on tv. A guy saw her do it and asked her if she wants to figure skate. But a guydoes not think gots what it.but he ends up coaching .rivals are coming...closing ... jealously...and romance!...

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