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Miki Falls, Volume 1: Spring (Miki Falls #1)

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It's spring--a time for new beginnings. This is Miki Yoshida's final year of high school, and she's determined to make this the best year yet. Miki is in control . . .

. . . until Hiro Sakurai shows up.

The tall, handsome new student is hiding something, and Miki wants to know what. As she breaks down Hiro's defenses, she is unnerved by how much she cares about him. Too bad...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by HarperTeen
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A lot of things about this volume really irked me.

First and foremost, the art wasn't all that great. The characters had insanely flabby faces, ugly chins, and mouths that are too small and too high on the face. I know we shouldn't judge by people's appearances, but the characters were just atrocious. They were supposed to be Japanese, but since I feel like the art is more Westernized than anything else, they seem Caucasian to me. It seems like wishful thinking on the author's part. However, the...more
Rain Misoa
Apr 09, 2013 Rain Misoa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: manga
Worst. Manga. Ever. I'm warning you now. The things I have to say about this manga are not good ones. If you happened to like this manga then all the more to you but stay clear from this review. Just letting you know now to avoid insulting anyone in the future. With that said... on to the review.

I'm going through a major manga kick right now. It's been a while since I just sat down and read manga so I went to the library and just took out a whole bunch of manga. One of them was Miki Falls: Sprin...more
Oct 23, 2010 Patricia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone that likes to read about love
Shelves: reviewed
Miki Falls:Spring is about this girl named Miki. She is determined to make her final year in high school great but when Hiro Sakurai shows up her life changes completly. Hiro is a cute boy that looks kind and friendly but when other people want to be his friend he ignores them and goes away. Instead of trying to fit in he wants to be alone. Hiro wants to keep every body away from him even Miki, but he knows that trying to keep her away will hurt him more. Miki suspects that he is hiding somethin...more
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Crilley, probably best known for his Akiko novels and comic books, weighs in with the Miki Falls series, about lively, curious high-school-senior Miki, ready for adventure and romance. Attractive new student Hiro Sakurai piques Miki's curiosity, but he is not interested in making friends. Stubborn Miki, however, refuses to take no for an answer, which leads to a surprising revelation about the secretive young man. Except for an odd twist at the end (which, presumably, will be develo...more
Oh my goodness...If you want to know why I gave this 1 star, read the other 1 to 2 star reviews. Art is terrible, plot is predictable and bland, cheesy and generally really uninspiring and effortless.

I'm warning those people who have read more complex plot and better art, that this will MAJORLY disappoint you. After I read Akira and other goody goodies, Miki just seems like pathetic job. I know it's insulting to compare the two because Otomo is like God of manga and there's literally no better a...more
May 06, 2014 Anthony is currently reading it
I was suprised when miki yelled at her mother.

The setting is Fukuyama high. Miki wanted to have a new life at school but she met someone to change all of that for her.The conflict os person vs self vs person vs socity.

Why did hiro say "I know you but i cant be with you".I A theme of this book is love. My favorite part of the book is when miki helps hiro hook up he friend up. the character hiro changed when he let miki in his life.

i thought this was ok. On a scale 1 to 10 it would be a 6. why? b...more
This book was just so...ughh. I seen what he did on youtube and when I came to read his manga it was just so horrid. His characters looked so sloppy compared to the ones he did on youtube. It's like a whole other person did the manga. The storyline was so typical and common. It wasn't funny or interesting. I read the manga for a little bit then stopped since their mouths really irked me. The expressions were weak and the characters annoying. Nobody can relate to them. I skipped pages and found o...more
Dan Harter
I just want to speak generally about the story to point out important stuff only .

So to start with the characters. the design wasn't given enough thought , in other words , nothing much unique about the characters and that affects the story a lot . Giving characters something special makes them feel alive , but i realised earlier in the story that the characters where bit of .. annoying . their personality is so dull and i felt they were more like they're rather side characters than main .

I am a big fan of Mark Crilley so obviously I decided to read this manga. Honestly, it wasnt that great and I was very disappointed. There are two main points as to why I didn't like this book: one was the art, and one was the story. The art was absolutely awful- especially the faces. He always draw such amazing things in his youtube videos, so why on earth would he draw like this? I don't even consider it manga, it is more like a western style comic. The eyes are too small and the face is way t...more
The book Miki Falls: Spring by Mark Crilley was only OK for me. It consists of a young girl in high school, who tries to befriend the new guy at school, but he constantly pushes her away. Miki thinks something is odd about him, and seeks to find out what that something is.
In my opinion, this book was easy to read, yet difficult at the same time. It took me about a day to go through, but was a bit of a challenge considering it is a graphic novel, which I am unaccustomed to. I found that Miki Fa...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Miki Yoshida is about to start her first day as a senior in high school. She is resolved -- no more Mr. Nice Girl! From now on she's going to just be herself and not try to please everyone else. On the way to school she gets an earful from her boy-crazy best friend, Yumi, who is determined to find her a boyfriend. Miki isn't interested, but Yumi is not convinced. There's a new boy in town, and maybe he'll be just what Miki needs. I guess they'll fi...more
Aug 16, 2013 Marissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone!
It was cute :) Had a nice "surprise" and bit of suspense to it.

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4 stars

Content Rating:
PG (recommended 10&up, but it's not too young at all)

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I enjoyed this a lot. Though the book is obviously fast-paced, it does a good job portraying the characters and their feelings. I admire that they are true to their personalities, and, for being fiction, that the book does mix in some realistic aspect...more
Crilley, M. (2007). Miki falls 1: Spring. New York, New York: Harper Teen.

Miki is a senior in high school. It’s springtime, and that, in Japan means it’s the beginning of the school year. Miki is determined to have more self-confidence and get what she wants out of life. While she isn’t self-described as boy crazy, she ends up seeing this mysterious new boy at school, Hiro Sakurai. She has a weird encounter with him, where he says that he knows all about her, but later he says that he can’t be f...more
David Schaafsma
I liked reading Mark Crilley's Akiko books with my kids, so when I saw this from him, I thought I would check it out. On the surface it looks like a kind of western incursion into the manga market, combining some western elements with manga, setting it in Japan. I don't know how this got started but was skeptical that it was a market-driven series.. though I now see Crilley splits his time living in Japan and Michigan... so maybe it was really his homage to manga. It also features Crilley's styl...more
In the book "Spring", by Mark Crilley, an ordinary girl named Miki is the main character. Miki's going through her last year of high school, but when a new student named Hiro Sakurai comes her life changes. Even though Hiro looks like a very nice guy, he won't let anyone be his friend. Hiro would rather be all alone than even try to fit in. Miki is surprised that he is hurting his self by keeping her away from his self too. Now Miki is concerned about him and she's determinded to find out what...more
Second time reading this but actually finished it this time.
For once a way different drawing style, i would say more old school in a way. Nice character developments and like that he pays attention to the backgrounds as well the plot although the drawing style is a flat the story does make up for it the idea of the love thing is a bit far fetched although it is fantasy.
I t was boring but interesting still want know what happens next.
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This book starts with a girl named Miki falling out of a window. It doesn't tell you why she jumped until the very end of the last book... :) So anyway, Miki throws herself out this window, and the flashbacks start. "All I know is that as I lay there, by mind began turning inward... away from the madness of the last few hours, the last few days... back... to the beginning. To the day we met."
Let's just say I was hooked from the very first page.
I'd reccomend this to teenage girls interested in...more
Don't get interested in this book. It's plain, it's boring, the characters make you think WTF, and this book is an offense to the Asian culture(in my opinion). So take my word, don't read this book. Hiro isn't hiding a DANGEROUS secret, it's a ridiculous one. And also, it is exactly like Twilight. If you disagree, think more about it. Hiro is hiding a secret(not a dangerous one like Edward is) Edward is too, Bella and miki, both female protagonists, and a lot else. This is more like a comic, and...more
Miki starts her senior year of high school vowing to stop worrying about what other people think. So when the cute new student, Hiro, is a giant jerkface to everyone, she sees past his tough facade and makes friends with him. BUT Hiro has a secret, one that may destroy their friendship!

I wasn't really sure whether to call this manga or a graphic novel, but I settled on manga because it takes place in Japan and the main character, Miki, wears one of those ubiquitous sailor-style school uniforms....more
So this is officially my favorite book series ever in the entire world. EVER.
And you should go read it right this second. :D
This book starts with a girl named Miki falling out of a window. It doesn't tell you why she jumped until the very end of the last book... :)
So anyway, Miki throws herself out this window, and the flashbacks start.
"All I know is that as I lay there, by mind began turning inward... away from the madness of the last few hours, the last few days... back... to the beginning....more
This first book in the series was ok. I didn't entirely know what to expect or what it was about but it didn't look like something I would generally read. It was recommended to me by my brother-in-law who is really into Manga. Come to think of it, this was my first manga, though certainly not my first comic.
The art was pretty decent. I really liked the shading throughout. The scenes were fairly rich and the paneling was nicely done. The inside was all black and white, though the paper itself wa...more
I absolutely LOVE Mark Crilley! And I can see he put a lot of effort, work, and heart into his Miki Falls series. I like the pace of the storyline, and I absolutely love the characters, especially Yumi :) I gave it 4 stars because I know he'll get better, but I would have given him 5 stars if not for that tiny little detail.
I volunteer in an elementary school library and this is one of those books that just flies off the shelf. I had to see what all the fuss was about so I checked this out from my public lib. Interesting story, twist at the end...I can see why the 5th graders were going nuts for it but not quite my thing.
Feb 14, 2011 Amy added it
Shelves: 2011, comix
You will BREEZE through this one! Crilley does a brilliant job of crafting the story and creating suspense - you can't help but turn the pages because you want to find out what the heck Hiro is doing in that basement! You find out what his "part-time job" is at the end, so the book has some closure, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I went back to the beginning - where Miki throws herself out the window - and realized that that whole scene probably won't be resolved until the ve...more
A girl who starts her high school willing to change and become a better person.. And then a new mysterious student comes and takes miki's attention.
My first manga book and I find it great :) finished it in one day :) it's so interesting
Some might say that Mark Crilley’s been poised for success for over a decade now. His break-out comic series Akiko always showed those rare qualities in English-language comics that ultimately made Japanese imports so popular: a female protagonist, adventure, and a certain level of a delicate sensibility. His new series for HarperTeen, Miki Falls, takes that one step further—and while it may not have been his explicit goal, I can’t help but think that this book is probably the closest I’ve seen...more
I read this mostly because I heard someone was making a movie from it, and was surprised that I was completely unfamiliar with the series. Now I'm pretty certain I won't see the movie. The story about a school girl obsessed with the strange new boy in town was fairly boring. The only aspect that kept me reading was the mystery about why he was such a loner, and by the time that was revealed, I couldn't care less about the charcters themselves. Then, when the great secret was let out (he's some s...more
I actually spoke to Crilley about his work a few years ago and he was one of the nicest men I'd ever had the chance to talk to. He was saying about how Japan had been his total inspiration which is completely understandable when you see the radiant scenes he depicts in these books. The art is superb - I think the only people that wouldn't enjoy it so much would be those unwilling to adapt to something alternate to typical manga style. The plot also seems really original and it's not as predictab...more
Miki is a senior in high school in Japan, who meets the new boy, Hiro, who keeps to himself and doesn't befriend anyone or join any clubs. She is intrigued and persists in talking to him, despite his reluctance to let her into his life or to meet his family. She discovers, through snooping, that he is a "deliverer" of love--love is finite, so if a couple falls out of love with each other, he must save their love and give it to a new couple. He's like a weird manga cupid. :-) His superiors forbid...more
Feb 18, 2014 Jess rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jess by: Brody's Ghost
Shelves: 14, manga, ya
When you get to what he'd hiding, it's just too silly for me. Also, I need a little more than stranger who broods to buy her being in love with him.
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Mark Crilley is an American comic book creator and children's book author/illustrator. He is the creator of Miki Falls, Akiko, and Brody's Ghost. He is also noted for his instructional videos for drawing in the manga-style. Crilley distributes drawing advice to artists via YouTube videos and his DeviantArt account. In August 2010, he starred in some how to draw videos for Funimation on demand. Mar...more
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