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Imadoki! Nowadays, Vol. 1 (Imadoki!: Nowadays #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  6,518 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
For Tanpopo Yamazaki, life at the elitist Meiô 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 Meiô 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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Viz Media (first published 2000)
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David Schaafsma
Mar 22, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
First volume of a popular series, of which I might read more since some of my friends here love it.

Tanpopo is a working class girl who uses "cram school" to get into rich kids' Meiô Academy. She's pretty clueless, at the start. But it seems she's a budding horticulturalist, so she starts up a gardening committee, which may or not help her popularity. She also carries around a cat everywhere.

Maybe it's a little like that movie Pretty in Pink?

Watase's art is really good, and it looks like a soc
Sep 19, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shojo fans, Manga fans, Anime fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Watase's other works
This volume kicks off with Chapter:1-6.

This was a really charming plot to me; with its more realistic everyday romance as opposed to a paranormal twist. The art of course was classic Watase, and I loved every frame. The beginning of the story is hysterically absurd, and you don't think that this story will get off of the ground. The main character is appealingly surprising though, and her obvious love interest is adorable and full of conflict.
I wasn't intending to read this manga again, but I en
Oct 01, 2013 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, comics
Haven't I read this before? Poor student at a rich school, teased for being poor, aloof potential love interest? If anything distinguishes Imadoki from the hordes of similar books, it's that the heroine is unusually annoying, naive, and slow to catch on. Yeah, no thanks. That said, Yuu Watase is a great artist, and I do love looking at her work. It's a shame that I haven't yet found anything that by her that I like to read as much as I like to look at it.
Jul 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I've broken into enough anime and manga to say with confidence that this is NOT an original story. Hardly. Poor girl attends super elite school. Snobby school body hates her guts and continually torments her, but one aloof handsome love interest stands by her side. Plus a collection of quirky sidekicks, and let's not forget the jealous female rival. This is "Kitchen Princess," "The Gentleman's Alliance Cross," and many other manga titles that I can't think of. Heck, it's even more simplistic ...more
You know, it seems I read a lot of works by Yuu Watase without even realizing it... Some manga you look at and go, "Wow! This must be by so-and-so!" because the art's so distinctive (like CLAMP. No mistaking them for something else), but in the case of Watase, hers is so... generic. So many shoujo have this style that it just doesn't stand out.

Imadoki centers around Tanpopo, who is an idealistic moron who doesn't have a single brain cell in that empty head of hers. While I don't mind characters
Apr 05, 2010 Brie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
First of all I love Yuu Watase. In my opinion she is one of the best shojo mangakas. I love how independant and amazing the main chareacter and I love how she comes to the school and changes everything and everybody, and how the guy and her fall in love...I need to re-read some of these its been too long since I've read then to write a review. XP
Eva Rose
Feb 28, 2014 Eva Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-favs
Watase ought to stick to romantic comedy, it is what she does best after all, her dramatic storylines always dive into soap territory. Her art as always is flawless and some of the prettiest I have seen. She seems to draw better contemporary manga than anything else.
May 18, 2008 NiRmA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
ceritanya ga terlalu menarik.. ga ada lucu-lucunya. biasanya watase yuu kan suka bikin adegan lucu. tapi di komik ini gw ga ketawa sama sekali. :(
Nov 23, 2016 Romina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This is probably the simplest series by Yuu Watase: there's no fantasy, no magic, no adventure, no science fiction. Just a really heart-warming and moving story about a cheerful girl called Tanpopo who transfers to a very exclusive school where she expects to make friends and live happily. On her first visit there, she meets a boy who is taking care lovingly of a dandelion and seems to like gardening. Tanpopo thinks she's made her very first friend...

However, reality proves to be a lot harsher.
Aug 20, 2014 Sugar rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Review of the whole series with slight spoilers!


Oh my… this manga had a bunch of my most detested tropes all squished into 5 volumes of cliché and… it wasn’t even the good kind of cliché most of the time. Well, it wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t entirely something awfully good either.

Yuu Watase is a very famous, praised and quite productive manga creator. She has a lot of fans and her manga Fushigi Yugi was one of the first really popular girl’s manga in English. Several other works from he
The artwork in Imadoki! is fantastic - this was one of my first manga series and the art immediately drew me in. Yuu Watase utilizes her artwork well: it's rarely (if ever) confusing or ill-placed. Unfortunately, the plot isn't quite as gorgeous as the artwork: poor girl at a rich school crushing on the richest rich boy isn't exactly original. Tanpopo is unrealistically optimistic, brushing off her classmates' taunts with a smile. She meets fellow gardener Koki and immediately decides they'll b ...more
Ginna Marciel
Oct 01, 2008 Ginna Marciel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters are Tanpopo, and Kouki. Tanpopo is a girl from Kyoto that moved to Tokyo, while she is there she meets Kouki before the school starts, and during school he pretends as he doesn't know her and ignores her while everyone else hates her for acting so friendly with him. She makes a planting club and eventually has Kouki, Tsukiko, Aoi "Flippy" and Arisa to join the club and actually have a good time. Over the time of the club Kouki falls in love with Tanpopo and they end up ...more
May 25, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
Tanpopo is the new girl in a new town and high school. She's a country girl that came straight from Hokkaido to a much more modern and populated area in Japan. The day before school starts Tanpopo decides to take a look around her new school, but the gate is locked so she jumps it with her bike landing right on top of the most popular boy in school!! But why was he there? Because he was planting a dandelion! This classmate, Koki Kougyo, is only the most popular boy because of his family's ...more
Alyssa Dannaker
Jul 20, 2010 Alyssa Dannaker rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
There are many mangas where a determined, and seemingly perfect, teenaged girl works on getting closer to a stubborn, intimidating, and popular boy. The main character of Imadoki, Tanpopo, is yet another female character that fits this type of girl, and Koki is another male character that fits this type of boy. Although the plot of Imadoki Nowadays is sweet, Tanpopo's character is sickeningly so, which was as expected if this series follows the aforementioned format. The storyline was also ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Stefany rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-678
This is a really cute and funny manga that tells the story of a young girl, Tanpopo (means dandelion) who has moved from the country into the city and is just starting high school. She is an impossibly cheerful and outgoing character who is trying to fit in with her new peers and adjust to the city environment. When she begins school she soon finds that her lower social status and her easy going nature aren’t the norm at this school and she begins having trouble fitting in, so in order to make ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Tawnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-romance
Grades: 7 to 12 Genre: Manga, Drama
Excitied about transferring to a new school, Tanpopo Yamazaki goes to visit her new high tech high school the night before her first day at school. It has been a dream of hers to attend this school, so she has moved into a new city away from all her family and friends. During that night time visit, she meets a boy, Koki Kugyo, who is tending a dandelion on the school grounds. When she tries to start up a conversation with him, he chides her for being on the sch
Leila Anani
Sep 05, 2013 Leila Anani rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, shojo-manga
I picked this up as I used to be a big fan of Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi being one of my all time favourites) this series is a sweet teen high school romance but lacks the supernatural elements that normally grace Watase's work.

Tanpopo (Dandelion) is an annoying, open girl who says exactly what she thinks and damn the consequences. She gets into the elite Meio academy on a scholarship and is treated like dirt by the other wealthy students who feel she lowers the tone of the school. She runs into
Jul 11, 2012 bakanekonomama rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
*baca ulang*

Manga favorit saya saat SMA nih. Saya ngoleksi semuanya, meskipun sekarang ga tau dimana rimbanya.. Huuaaaa!!! Siapa yang minjem woy?! Balikinnn!!! TT________TT

Ketika baca ulang, ternyata feelnya rada beda ya. Mungkin karena dulu saya masih polos, jadi rasanya asyik-asyik aja. *tarikmaangg

Tapi sekarang, ketika baca ulang, saya jadi berpikir... Tanpopo no you na amai hito tte oru ka?" Ada gitu ya orang yang polosnya keterlaluan kayak si Tanpopo.. xDD

Meskipun begitu, saya masih menikma
For Tanpopo Yamazaki, life at the elitist Meiô 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 Meiô 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 nepot ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Chibineko rated it liked it
This review covers the entire series.

I re-read this today and I have to admit that this isn't really Watase's strongest work. There's some good plot ideas and storylines but it's all done in such a choppy manner that I never really got immersed in the characters as much as I wanted to. I couldn't help but feel that it was all just a little... shallow. While I know that this isn't supposed to be a particularly deep manga, the subjects it brings up (suicide, teen pregnancy) just don't really sit w
Aya Hamza
"Completed the whole series".

- 2nd Vol. : Imadoki 2
- 3rd Vol. : Imadoki 3
- 4th Vol. : Imadoki 4
- 5th Vol. : Imadoki 5

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I loved this one :))
The manga drawings are perfect as usual
Tanpopo was so funny, she made me laugh a lot.
I hated Erika the most, how weak she was!

Oct 11, 2011 Vina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Episode #1 :
Nyo-nyo... Yamazaki Tanpopo jauh-jauhdatang dari desa, membawa sejuta harapan ke Tokyo. Sanggupkah dandelion kecil ini bertahan
di tengah terpaan angin kencang Meio School?

Episode #2 :
Teror! Arus listrik Meio School terputus, hanya dengan menekan sebuah tombol laptop! Tanpopo dan Kouki terjebak, menjadi bulan-bulanan seorang murid psikopat!

Episode #3 :
Kelopak bunga mawar merah... Setiap helainya menyampaikan perasaan cinta!

Episode #4 :
Tanpopo terpukul karena tak sempat menyampaika
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Sometimes there are shoujo mangas where the main character declares "I'll make you my friend" and is pigheaded, tough and sometimes idiotic. Yamazaki is not like that. Yes she is stubborn, yes she is tough - in a mental way, not quite in a physical way, and yes, sometimes what she does seems idiotic. But I feel like I want to be her friend too. I really could emphasise with this character, and I really wanted to know about her story/stories. Even when she starts dating someone else, I still want ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing
While Imadoki isn't my favourite Yuu Watase series, it does feature the Watase heroine I personally identify with the most, and this first volume showcases her perfectly. Tanpopo is spunky and positive and full of enthusiasm, even when the whole world (or at least the whole school) seem to be against her.

I also like the fact that, at least initially, she just wants Koki to be her friend. Its a unique way for the "couple" to start out and gives them a great dynamic from the very beginning.

Mar 04, 2012 -RininTa- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
BAGUS!!!!ceritanya bnr2 menyentuh walopun endingnya bs ditebak tp alurnya bnr2 bikin pembacanya penasaran dan terus pengen ngelanjutin smpe habis...kejadian2 yg gk kesannya tidak dibuat2 dan bnr2 sprti alami..,awalnya akugk mao baca buku ini krn berseri (plng mls kalo suruh bc komik berseri krn hrs ngoleksi smpe tamat krn klo gk ngegantung gt aja '-_____-) trus akhirnya bc pnya temen n jd ketagihan!!!....akhirnya beli deh di toko buku dr no 1-5 :p
imadoki thu komik berseri pertama yg aku punya d
Prinska Sastri
Aug 07, 2013 Prinska Sastri rated it it was amazing
Salah satu koleksian komik daaan komik favorit saya dari SD. Ceritanya sebenernya standar, tentang seorang cewek desa bernama Tanpopo yang keterima masuk sebuah sekolah kaya di Tokyo, ketemu sama seorang cowok yang ramah tapi begitu kenal dia dinginnya minta ampun. Yaa, intinya komik ini tipikal komik-komik jepang dengan keramahtamahan ceweknya serta kedinginan cowoknya *halah bahasanya*.

Yang menarik di komik ini, walaupun alur ceritanya begitu-begitu aja, cuman bumbu-bumbu ceritanya pas banget,
Ōjo-sama Sakura
Mar 15, 2014 Ōjo-sama Sakura rated it liked it
The whole story wasn't bad, really, just not exciting. I neither loved or hated it it was kinda "eh". I suppose being a huge fan of action Helped me feel really bored through.. Pretty much all of it. The series as a whole is unfit for children's since it is ABOUT mature themes. And then there is the male lead who's "hand me down fiancé" lives with him and his family, not because her family is non existent, but just because. Yeah. And then the only character that really, really, stands out seems ...more
Christina Gonzalez
Jul 18, 2016 Christina Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Review for the whole series.

Imadoki! is a typical fish-out-of-water high school manga story. The main character Tanpopo moves to Tokyo and starts at a new school for rich kids. She wages an uphill battle to be accepted into the student body and make friends, aided by her boundless enthusiasm and positivity. Her personality eventually impresses several classmates who realize that she genuinely believes in what she says, and the small group of friends mature together.

Love Yuu Watase's art and th
Ana Reinhard
Jun 30, 2016 Ana Reinhard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-mangas
I looooove this author? manga artist? Whatever you wanna call her. I think all of her stories are out of this world amazing and all way strike a chord in me.

This one is no exception. (reviewing the whole series)
It made me laugh and cry and be devasted and dance in joy, in the view hours I spend with these characters. I'm sure as hell happy that I didn;t read the whole series in the library, as I intended.... would have been a hell of a scene. Me just randomly starting to bawl....

This story is
Sep 11, 2016 Padma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-series
Salah satu yang membuatku selalu tertarik baca manga-nya Yuu Watase tidak lain ya karena gambarnya. Smooth, apik dan tokoh pemeran utama cowoknya selalu cakep hahaha. Tapi sayang hampir semua plot manga beliau mediocre.

Untungnya Imadoki ini cukup menarik. Tanpopo tokoh utama yang lucu, polos easy-going, pokoknya likable deh. Ceritanya juga lumayan meskipun konflik utamanya klise dan teteeep tentang cinta segitiga. Untungnya ga terlalu panjang. Worth reading :)

Story : 7/10 (yah, klise sih cerita
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A Japanse shoujo manga-ka. She is known for her works Fushigi Yūgi, Alice 19th, Ceres: The Celestial Legend, Fushigi Yūgi Genbu Kaiden and Absolute Boyfriend. She likes all music, except heavy metal and old traditional music.

She received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Ceres, Celestial Legend in 1997. Since writing her debut short story "Pajama de Ojama" ("An Intrusion in Pajamas"), Wata
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