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Translucent, Volume 1 (Translucent #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  379 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Teen-centric, quirky and romantic, Translucent will appeal to shojo fans who like a little twist with their gakuen mono! Shizuka is an introverted girl, dealing with schoolwork, boys, and a medical condition that begins to turn her invisible! She finds support with Mamoru, a boy who is falling for Shizuka despite her condition, and with Keiko, another girl who suffers from ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Dark Horse Manga (first published June 2005)
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Selena
Apr 09, 2016 Selena rated it really liked it
This is one of those manga that you don't expect much from but end up liking in the end.

It follows shy 8th grader Shizuka Shiroyama who is quite literally fading into the background. She has a mysterious disease called "Translucent Syndrome" which is slowly causing her to become invisible. It's not life-threatening, but there is no known cause or cure. You just one day become invisible. For Shiroyama, it seems somewhat linked to her emotional state.

So far, this story mostly focuses on Shiroyama
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Moe
Mar 29, 2011 Moe rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: luke my best friend
Shelves: 5th-grade, manga
Despite the inappropriateness, this book was jam packed with tons of manga drawings.I had gotten this at a book fair at school. You see, every kid had received a book of there choice that had a value of 3.00 dollars or less. And turns out, I had found this book hidden underneath the book "gamers addition cheat codes 2011". It was love at first sight.


Although, it was pretty inappropriate. I am willing to bet that some little brat has already complained to his mama that it had bad words like damn
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Rose Haertl
Jan 16, 2015 Rose Haertl rated it it was amazing
Shizuka is a high school girl dealing with a medical condition that causes her to become invisible at times. Throughout the first book she has to deal with small obstacles such as acting in a play, going out for auditions, and even a little romance. The story follows her throughout her life as she tries to overcome her condition and to just become "normal". To be seen and noticed by the other people.

I would recommend this book to young female teens who enjoy romance and drama. As well as myster
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Laura (ローラ)
Nobody ever pays any attention to little introverted Shizuka Shiroyama. Maybe this is be because she's so shy; or maybe because she is LITERALLY blending into her surroundings. She has Translucent syndrome; a harmless enough disease, except that it causes a person to become completely translucent. Now Shizuka must learn how to deal with her disease and not let it affect her following her dreams; it will be difficult -- but she'll have the support of some important friends.

This is a sensitive, th
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Megan Sanchez
Jul 21, 2012 Megan Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Easily five stars for one of the sweetest and most genuine manga I've read all year!

Shiroyama has a rare condition - Translucent Syndrome - which causes her to turn invisible, usually when she is stressed or nervous. And it's really affecting her dream of becoming an actress. Tadami is hyperactive and ADD and all he wants in the world is to make Shiroyama happy. Their incredibly sweet relationship is at the heart of this manga, but the story also uses the Translucent Syndrome to talk about that
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Faith W.
Mar 04, 2014 Faith W. rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Judging this book by the cover and short summary on the back, I summed this manga to be fairly serious and a bit sad, and picked it up at the Dark Horse both at Anime Expo 2013. Boy, was I in for a surprise; granted, there is serious moments, nothing more. The rest it rather quirky, cute, and romantic.

Our main character is an eighth graded named Shizuka Shiroyama, she is introverted and rather unnoticeable. She has something called Translucent Syndrome: over time parts of her body become compl
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Jessica
Nov 12, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A younger audience around the ages of 10 and 13
Recommended to Jessica by: my highschool art teacher
Shelves: finished, reviewed
Translucent vol 1
Information:

Publisher: Dark horse Manga

Year published: 2005-2007

story and art by: Kazuhiro Okamoto

My thoughts: Okay, my thoughts about this manga, is that it is very well done and is a very good coming of age story.
I also get the feeling that the creator wanted to make the reader feel, when they were reading the story the same way that some children feel when they are going through a phase in their life feeling invisible like they are not being heard, which also explains that s
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Ashleigh
Apr 17, 2014 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
Such a cool concept, and it translates so well with the art. I do wish the storylines jumped around a little less. It seems like a lot of big moments keep happening, and her condition could have been eased into a little more, but still--so cool!
Ariel
Apr 19, 2016 Ariel rated it liked it
I was neither here or there about this book. I bought it just for the heck of it, and and when I did sit down and read it, I didn't really have an opinion. I mean, it's good, but it isn't the best book I've ever read either. Honestly, it just seems to typical as a manga. I bet you're thinking "Oh how the heck is a girl that turns invisible a typical manga?" I don't mean that it's typical in that aspect. I mean that it's typical in the aspect of there's a boy who likes a girl, and there's somethi ...more
Sylvia
It was emotional, but also very funny.
Shozuka Shiroyama is an 8th grader (in junior high) and suffers from a mysterious medical condition called Translucent Syndrome which causes her to periodically turn semi-transparent or completely invisible. She makes friend with a very hyperactive classmate, Mamoru Tadami who supports and brings hope into Shizuka's life. She also makes friend with the most popular girl, Okouchi-san, who every one loves and admirers. With her two best friends she faces chall
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Amanda
Sep 24, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: q1-2008
Shizuka Shiroyama, living with translucent syndrome, lives life to its fullest. Shizuka, from the manga Translucent, is a timid eight grader who suffers from a disease called translucent syndrome. Periodically, parts of Shizuka’s body fades into being transparent. The invisibility starts at her arms and ends at her face. After a while, it’s like she’s not even there. You can see right through her. Shizuka, loving the attention to be on her, is in the drama club. She adores and embraces the atten ...more
Kelly
I rarely give the first volume of a series 5 stars. Even if I really, really liked it, I will still give it 4, because there is only so much you can do in one volume. However, Translucent became one of my exceptions, and I was in love with it by the end of the second chapter. What shocked me more than that, is that this is shojo series written by a guy. Sure, that's not unheard of. But most of those that I have tried end up being on the goofy-side of hentai or seem to lack "the human condition." ...more
Johnathan Morris
Mar 25, 2012 Johnathan Morris rated it it was amazing
What an interesting concept!
The storyline follow the life of Shizuka, a young girl tormented by Translucent Syndrome, a disease with origins and cures unknown to the world. And, whenever Shizuka experiences intense feelings of embarrassment, the rate in which her body becomes complete transparent quickens.

By far one of my favor pieces of graphica. Translucent concretely explores the abstract feeling of being invisible. In a world and culture full of young individuals wishing to be noticed and lo
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Shubha N
Oct 05, 2013 Shubha N rated it it was amazing
Summary of Translucent

The name if this comic is Translucent. The author is Kazuhiro Okamoto. The story is about a girl in grade eight called Shizuka. She is slowly turning translucent and is really worried about it. She then met a girl who was really pretty and popular her name was Keiko. Shizuka wanted to be an actor, but because she was turning translucent she would never be accepted. Shizuka had a best friend and she advised her to put make up all over her body and that way she could be visib
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Phrem (Smut Junkie)
Jan 01, 2014 Phrem (Smut Junkie) rated it liked it
3 translucent stars!

My brother gave me a translated copy of this as a gift for Christmas and I was really excited to read it 'cause it'll be the first time that I would read a real manga that I could touch and smell. lol.

Anyway, Translucent wasn't bad but not the best either. The story is unique and quite thrilling. So I must say that 'good' might be the right word.

The way it was drawn was a bit poor, for me. Since I read shoujo mangas before, I was expecting a bit 'more' than this. The captions
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Rachel
Oct 28, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I must admit I was a little wary of reading mangas, but once I got the hang of reading it, I could get into the story better. Translucent is about an eighth grade girl named Shizuka Shiroyama who has Translucent disease, which makes her slowly disappear. No one knows how it is transmitted or how to cure it. As the manga continues, we learn that her translucency is connected to her emotions. The happier she is, the more whole she looks, and the more unhappy/nervous she is, the more see-through sh ...more
Ayesha
Dec 16, 2010 Ayesha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Translucent is about a girl named Shizuka Shiroyama. Shizuka has many problems in her life, but the BIGGEST problem in her life is Translucent Syndrome. She becomes translucent and cannot be seen. She hates it so much, but sometimes she likes it because it made her get closer to Mamoru Tadami. Shizuka LOVES to be noticed, but now she just wants to give up acting/drama class because there's no point in acting if she can't be seen. Shizuka meets another girl who may seem rude and mean at first, b ...more
Greg
Oct 22, 2007 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphical-comics
One thing I’ve noticed about a lot of manga is that the series can often begin with a chapter that feels like (to use a television term) a “pilot episode”—a single story that will be used to convince the publisher that you have what it takes to go to series. Often these comic book “pilots” are stand-alone stories, so even if it doesn’t get picked up for a series you can run the one-off story and call it a day. What surprised me about Dark Horse’s Translucent, then, is that after reading the firs ...more
BlueTitan(what's 1000-7?)
Jan 28, 2016 BlueTitan(what's 1000-7?) rated it really liked it
I picked this copy up at a book fair for $3, so of course, I bought it. I love manga, and since it was a discount price, I just couldn't resist buying it.

Of course, I liked it.
As usual, it is hard for me not to like manga because I love it.
This one was an...... Interesting story.
Kathy
Mar 11, 2010 Kathy added it
Shelves: shojo
Shizuka Shiroyama has Translucent Syndrome, a medical condition , and it makes her periodically partially transparent. She is shy but loves acting in plays, but unfortunately she is always worried about becoming more translucent. People with this disorder sometimes even go completely invisible. Shiro meets the very cool, self-sufficient, artist Keiko-San, who is completely translucent except for her clothes and glasses. Keiko thinks its a bad idea to have a boyfriend if you are invisible. In sch ...more
Tyrell Patrick
Nov 30, 2012 Tyrell Patrick rated it liked it
this book was a about an eight grade girl named shizuka with a rare condition that makes her skin appear to disappear or become translucent. but with her condition she fells sad and lonely, until she became friends with a boy named tadamikun and he is the only person that can see her. and with all the support from every one she feels a little better but not happy. so she seeks out help from a specialists from Chicago and he try to help but couldn't. so she just live with the translucent conditio ...more
Melissa
Jul 22, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
An adorable story (I have only read 1-2) that I hope to finish at some point.

It has a very positive message about overcoming adversity.
Natali
Oct 30, 2009 Natali rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge graphic novel fan. They are too short, confusing to read, and some are just plain weird. When I picked up this book, it seemed ok. I had to read a graphic novel for school anyway. It acually wasn't that bad. It's all about a girl( can't spell/ pronounce her name) who has a mysterious disease called translucent syndrome where the victim becomes partly or fully translucent for a period of time or forever. No one knows the cause or cure for this syndrome and the main character is sic ...more
Kat
Apr 29, 2016 Kat rated it liked it
Short and sweet
Kayt
Aug 06, 2015 Kayt rated it liked it
[Review of series]

What was interesting about this series was that although it obviously revolved around Shizuka's illness, it was mainly a sweet, slice-of-life story about a girl with that illness. It may be a disappointment if you want the background of translucent syndrome or a story about invisible people. But it's a unique way to tell a slice-of-life story.

The can be more than a little wonky; Okamoto's people-drawing skills aren't the best in everyday scenes, but it's enough for a cute serie
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HeavyReader
Aug 28, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it
My friend Phil sent me this book at the end of my days at the Harveyville Project. I read it quickly, in two sittings, and I liked it very much. It's about a girl in junior high who suffers from a disorder that makes her turn invisible. It's all about how she learns to follow her dreams. It's sweet and fluffy and I recommend it to young girls for sure. It's cool because it's printed in the original right to left reading format. This book was my first experience reading that way. Cool.
~♡Sushi♡~
Dec 22, 2015 ~♡Sushi♡~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There's something I've never openly admitted before. I really do love manga, but I have never ever read manga that almost made me cry or stirred up such emotions in me. Translucent is beautiful in that sense. You can't help but sympathize with poor Shizuka. At one point I found myself wishing I had something to do to help her.
My local comic book store only had the 1st book, so cruel, so, so cruel.
Miss Ginny Tea
Dec 01, 2007 Miss Ginny Tea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_2007, manga, mine
I'm cautiously optimistic about this series. It seems like it's going to be an examination of what affects Shiroyama's translucency. I quite like the fact that Tadami is not a school superstar. In fact, the other students recognise him only as "that guy who hangs around Shiroyama." Even the introduction of Okouchi didn't include any petty jealousy that is so common in school manga stories.
Jess
Apr 05, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Manga lovers
Shelves: manga
This manga was pretty good. It showed an interesting case of Translucent Syndrom. Where a person sometimes or permenently becomes translucent or even invisible. I loved the guy character. He was a wonderful example of what I do most of the time. Playing with toys, imagining my foot's a machine gun and running around like a spaz. All in all a good manga.
clairette
Nov 20, 2012 clairette rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Shizuka is a girl dealing with schoolwork, boys, and a medical condition that turns her...invisible? Finding support with Mamoru, a boy who's falling for her even with her condition, and Keiko, a woman who's turned completely invisible from the same illness, Shizuka's story is detailed in great writing and pictures in volume one of TRANSLUCENT.
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