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I Am Here! Omnibus Vol. 01 (Koko ni Iru Yo! #1-2)

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A SUNFLOWER IN THE SHADE

Invisible to her classmates, Hikage Sumino is an eighth grader with no self-esteem. Her only friends are the visitors to her Internet blog. One day, the most popular boy in the grade suddenly talks to her. Encouraged by this twist of fate, Hikage determines to transform her life.

Includes special extras after the story!

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Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Del Rey
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Sesana
I didn't really expect anything going into this manga. The art on the cover was really cute, and that was enough for me to pick it up. Am I ever glad that I did. Sumino is so quiet and painfully shy that nobody around her seems to notice her. And being a very shy person myself (though not quite that shy!) I could really identify with that. She ends up attracting a popular boy by doing something very brave and kind-hearted, and I loved that start to their relationship. He's very sweet with her. T...more
Chibineko
I picked this up at my local Borders yesterday (which is sadly closing). I'd flipped through it for a few pages before instantly falling in love with the characters & situations.

The idea of the book (shy cute girl meets popular boy, falls in love) isn't a new one by any stretch of the imagination. The beauty of this manga is that the author manages to make it seem new & incredibly endearing. It's so well done that you won't care that you've read or seen variations of this tale somewhere...more
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
I really liked this volume! What a pleasant surprise. The plot, admittedly, is nothing new, but the characters are great, and the plot touches on several important points.

The plot is easy enough to find elsewhere, but I want to particularly comment on the characters. They. Are. Believeable. If you just glance at the book, you might be put off, thinking that the pretty, whispy characters won't give the story any depth. That's really not true, though. You really do see the depth to Sumino and her...more
Lisianthus
It's one of those classic cute romantic stories that you just have to read!
Adri Bunny
I cannot believe this book it is soo awesome!!
Nina Sakura
To me, I am Here! is about a snobby eighth grader who always feels sorry for herself, and somehow manages to make the others around her feel sorry for her as well. There isn't much creativity behind the plot; a shy, unpopular schoolgirl is liked by the shaggy-haired popular guy (in this case, two of them). After that, another girl tries to ruin her life, and of course, does not succeed. The entire class is on the main character's side and they all want to be her friends. There are lots of confli...more
Talyn
May 18, 2012 Talyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: school life shojo manga fans, those who have felt invisible by their peers
I was busy, so I wasn't really interested in this manga when I ordered it from the library. But I just read it last night, and I did it all in one sitting.

The art is fabulous and very well drawn. Seriously. I'm seeing a lot of new manga that is standard 100% shojo that is well done. Almost TOO well done <_< >_>

The story is about a girl named Hikage who is basically invisible to EVERYONE. They forget her name, the fact that she's even in class, and ignore her when she tries to speak....more
Curse of the Bibliophile
Friends come in all shapes and sizes and some may even be closer than we think.

This was a cute story about a shy girl finding hope from an anonymous friend and learning to love herself. The relationships in this story were the center point. They were not forced and the feelings of sadness, loneliness, excitement, and happiness were very real and could be felt by the various characters as well as the readers themselves.

The characters were fun and lighthearted. I was smiling throughout the entire...more
Emma
Here's the thing; I don't usually do book blogs on manga. But I have a lot to say about this one, so I'm making an exception.

So, I came upon this manga by chance. I say the cover, thought it was pretty, and bought it. What I didn't know was that it was a T Ages 13+ manga. I'm used to reading Older Teen manga; it's much more interesting to me. But I already bought this one, so why not read it?

Here's a little background:
A Sunflower in the Shade
Invisible to her classmates, Hikage Sumino is and eigh
...more
Kuno
May 25, 2013 Kuno rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance fans, shoujo fans, comedy-drama lovers
I was at Barnes & Noble when I was looking through the manga section, and I happened to stumble upon this manga series. The art on the cover was really good, so it caught my eye and prompted me to read it. I was not sure what to expect, honestly, and I frankly only bought it for the amazing cover art. My oh my, was this manga AMAZING! I knew this was going to be a shoujo manga, and me being a fan of shoujo, that interested me in reading this even more. However, there was more to this series...more
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Synopsis:

A SUNFLOWER IN THE SHADE

Invisible to her classmates, Hikage Sumino is an eighth grader with no self-esteem. Her only friends are the visitors to her Internet blog. One day, the most popular boy in the grade suddenly talks to her. Encouraged by this twist of fate, Hikage determines to transform her life and declare to the world, I Am Here!

Includes special extras after the story!

My Thoughts:

This manga was really cute. It made me smile and it made me cry. It actually reminds me of Kimi ni...more
Selena
I have mixed feelings about this book, and most of this mixed-feeling-ness is entirely on me.

First problem was a case of mistaken identity with Sumino. When I first saw her, I went, "She looks just like Alice from Pandora Hearts!" and when she spoke, I went, "She has the personality of Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You!" And I was really excited. The problem was that any time something happened, my responses ranged from, "Why don't you fight back?" because I subconsciously mistook her f...more
Neha
Jun 22, 2013 Neha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I Am Here is a series about a girl who feels completely invisible to the world around her until the school's most popular boy(s) takes notice. It does seem like a typical shoujo story in every sense, but there was just some element in this specific story that made it feel different, or special.

Volume one is all about how this young girl goes from invisibility (metaphorically speaking) to being roughly tossed into the sunlight. It is a good story about bullying, but one of the aspects that I enjo...more
Bena Chen
Hikage Sumino is a very low self esteem high schooler. Not acknowlege by her classmates, she hides herself. However, the only place, she feels comfortable talking to is her two friends on a blog, where she post pictures up. With the encouragement of her two "blog" friends, she strives to talk to her classmates and get out of the darkness.

The message, that the author is trying to communicated to the readers, is that everybody feels lonely in some point in their life. However with some effort, an...more
Linh Hoang
This book tells the story of a girl who is hiding in the shadows and is too afraid to come out into the light and grow. The protagonist is a lonely high school student who is unintentionally ignored by those around her. The only place where she feels she is seen is on her personal blog where she receives her first "push" out into the light.

This book was meant to speak out to any high school student. The message is to not stay quiet and express yourself. Don't be afraid of what others have to s...more
Ashley
Okay so first off....the artwork in this is really, really good.
Beautiful even.
The best I've ever seen in any manga book I've read so far!
I really sympathized/related to the main character, who's really shy and invisible to all her classmates.
This whole story really made me think about a lot things.
Like, how much internet friends can actually mean to a person, how a few typed words can give a person the courage to do a lot of things and actually help :)
I liked the overall story and such....s...more
Jennifer Ironside
This is a really cute manga about an eight grade girl who is so shy she is literally invisible to her classmates. Her only friends are two mysterious visitors to her blog, who offer her encouraging advice.

Then one day two popular boys happen to talk to her, and one of them even knows her name. She decides to transform her life, but making friends in the real world does not come easy.

The story is very basic and predictable at times, but it is beautifully told. Although it is rated 13+, it is ap...more
Kristine
A high school student loaned me her copy, saying it was her favorite manga. I found it to be an enjoyable, quick read. I think the protagonist's outsider status will resonate with many teens. Suitable for middle grades and up.
Jason
"Stories of teenaged bullying are a dime a dozen, but I Am Here! manages to set itself apart because of its sweet sincerity. Ema Toyama (whose manga Pixie Pop was released by Tokyopop in 2007) doesn’t go for cheap jokes at the expense of her heroine’s awkwardness, but instead tackles her shyness and vulnerability head on while keeping things as straightforward and realistic as the stringent rules of the teenage romance genre will allow. With its sweet disposition, lovably awkward protagonist, an...more
Christina
3.5 stars. First three volumes of the series in this book. The setting and character types seem pretty typical of shojo manga. A sweet, plain protagonist, the two popular boys one who is nice and the other more edgy form the love triangle, and the villain is the jealous popular girl. I did think there was a bit of character depth, especially to the heroine who is so painfully shy she feels invisible. The drawing was ok, but the characters sometimes lacked visual distinction, particularly the mal...more
Amy Gideon
This is a darling read! Super cute and sweet. It reminds me of Kimi ni Todoke, but for middle schoolers. I'll definitely pick up the next volume.
Amanda
Quick enjoyable read. A lonely girl who is essentially invisible to her classmates meets a young man who really sees her. Of course, her loneliness only makes her sweet instead of bitter, and of course there is a bit of romance (this is shojo). There is also a bit of mystery as we try to figure out who our heroine's online friends are irl.

I think the book has a particular power for young readers.My 11 year son loved it and quickly shared it will his best friend. She read it in the course of a fe...more
Amber Midgett
fluffy, predictable, and super adorable. What I usually look for in a manga.
Irene
Manga rating: 3.4 stars

Hmm. Shoujo. I didn't like the main character from the beginning, and her characteristic "sweetness" COMBINED with a bullying issue AND a love triangle didn't really work out for me. Art was decent, the storyline could have been less dull, and the overall feeling of this book was a raised eyebrow. I spent half of the book laughing at the storyline.

But then, of course, you can't blame this book. It IS a shoujo, after all.
Dexter/Persy
I loved it! The art is precious and all the characters are adorable. The story is also good. I really like Sumino, both when she's being painfully shy and standing up for herself. I'm really glad I picked this up on a whim, and I really can't wait to read the second volume.

Full review: http://persyandarty.blogspot.com/2012...
Jess Lanigan
This manga completely sings to my soul. I know what it's like to feel like no one sees you. To go day by day, not being seen. I know what it feels like when someone finally sees you and gives that warm smile that says "Hey, it's gonna be alright". I know that feeling to well.

I love the drawing style and story line. Defiantly glad I have this one in my manga library.
Elora
I don't know what ever possessed me to stop reading manga, because it is amazing! This story is so sweet. The plot was cute and innocent. Just the kind of book for those days when you're feeling a little under the weather. It had me going to the end. I read it all within a few short hours. :3 Can't wait to get my hands on the next volume!!
Kathrina
I love the art. And the story is nice-I can kind of relate to her, it makes me sad to be alone and especially for a long time. The story is cute. :D
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
In these times of tight budgets, I would rather invest in Kimi Ni Todoke for a series about a shy girl, (less heavy-handed) bullying, and budding romance. While it's interesting that the main character in this series has a blog, she doesn't seem to practice safe internet use, which seems like a ill-advised thing to encourage.
Gwynzie
I read this purely because my sister brought it home and I needed something to read. But as soon as I started I read it straight through within half an hour because I couldn't put it down. I found myself crying twice. I loved it! I recommend this for anyone with a love of fluff and a little depressing angst.
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Kanji Name: 遠山 えま

She made her debut in September 2003 in the monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi with her story, Tenshi no Tamago ("Angel's Egg", no relation to the anime movie of the same name). Gokkun! Pūcho is considered her best representative work. Tokyopop has licenced it under the title Pixie Pop. All of her works are published by Kodansha, and they are enjoyed mainly by preteen and teen girls...more
More about Ema Tōyama...
わたしに××しなさい! 1 (Watashi ni xx Shinasai! #1) ココにいるよ!(1) (Koko ni Iru Yo!, #1) Pixie Pop: Gokkun Pucho, Vol. 01 わたしに××しなさい! 2 (Watashi ni xx Shinasai! #2) I Am Here! Omnibus Vol. 02

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