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

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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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Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, cute, moe
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
Nina Sakura
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
So this is the first manga i have ever read, and i really enjoyed it even though it took a while to get used to reading a book backwards.:)
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
Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-shōjo
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
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Linh Hoang
May 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: advisory
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
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
Rita Mariani
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
really cute
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, philosophy
It's one of those classic cute romantic stories that you just have to read!
Adri Bunny
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe this book it is soo awesome!!
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, i-am-here
This book is rated Teen and involves bullying as well as some violence but nothing graphic. If these things bother you then use your best judgement before reading this story.

Hikage Sumino is a girl with no self esteem and tends to be missed by the average person due to her extreme shyness and inability to make herself shown. Regardless of her hard lot in life she has an extremely kind heart and a simple blog which like her seems to be a sunflower in the shade. Luckily she has two friends that vi
GigaBuri (PeachyFishyBooks)
"Just a little bravery could change your world."

"People are weak on their own, but when they have friends who are important to them, they can be much stronger."

Story: 3.5
Art: 4
Characters: 3

The overall story isn't anything we haven't read before, a lonely girl who gets bullied and the handsome boy who comes to her rescue. Even with this critique there is a certain charm or relatability to this story that warms my heart.

Many people go through lonely and dark times, and during these hard times we
Christine Bowles
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stumbled upon this one by accident but really enjoyed the story line! Hikage is an eighth-grader with low self-esteem, and she has a very good reason to think lowly of herself, no one ever notices her! Outside of the two people that comment on her blog, she has never had a conversation with anyone. Until one of the most popular boys in school takes notice and begins trying to get close to her.
I loved the take on this story, since Hikage didn't just rely on Hinata's help, but tried to be better b
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Manga is amazing!

I love how it showed a young 8th grader being invisible for all her life until one particular person change her well being. How someone uninvolved can show a way to gain confidence. Anyways one of the greatest first Manga that I have read all time. I'm new at Reading Manga and started loving anime after Pokémon and Bakugan. ;D
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-and-comics
So, I read this back when it first came out. I loved it then, and upon a reread, I still love it. I'm glad I kept my copy after all these years.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not my thing but oh well. It's about bullying but the resolution is a little too neat for my tastes.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Pleasant fluff
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It made me cry
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-read
It's high time I reviewed this unknown gem of a manga, personal storytimes included. ;)

I Am Here! is a slushy-gushy story about an eighth grader named Hikage, who is basically a recluse with nothing but a blog and two online friends to entertain her. She discovers two of the most ~*popular bois in school*~ (Hinata and Teru) notice her. As she starts to understand how much they could help her socially, bullying drama ensues. Being a loner is not an option for Hikage and she must fight to break ou
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, manga-starters
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
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual rating is 2.5 stars for I Am Here! vol.1

Plot and Thoughts

Hikage is a shy, unpopular girl. Her classmates pretend like she doesn't exist. Hikage sums it up as being average at everything and completely unnoticeable. What it really seems to be is a girl that somehow let herself slip to the background, becoming completely mundane and allowing people to talk over her and ignore her to the point they actually forget she's there. There is no real reason for it, it just happens to be that way.

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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
Loveliest Evaris
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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
Book Worm
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, manga
I feel like I have read this manga multiple times, but I know I've never read this one before. It's just not very original. Granted I didn't read all of it, however, I couldn't bring myself to read anymore.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Charmaine (CharmySketches)
*Spoiler Free Review*
“I am Here!” is a concise and sweet shoji manga that any introvert will appreciate at least, and love at best. Written and illustrated by Ema Toyama “I am Here!” or the Japanese title “Ko Ko Ni Iru Yo!”/“ココにいるよ!”consists of five tankoban originally but was brought to us here in the United States by Kodansha into two well constructed omnibuses with extra content that wasn’t released in it’s original serialization in Nakayoshi.
I would recommend this anyone that wants to read a
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Japanese 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 gi
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Other Books in the Series

Koko ni Iru Yo! (5 books)
  • ココにいるよ!(1) (Koko ni Iru Yo!, #1)
  • ココにいるよ!(2) (Koko ni Iru Yo!, #2)
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