Imadoki (EN) T.01

Yu 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 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.

George Galuschak – 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.

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