Cover image for Othello. Vol. 1
Title:
Othello. Vol. 1
Author:
Ikezawa, Satomi.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Osero. English
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Ballantine Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary:
"Yaya's high school friends haven't been very nice. They call her "Yaya the cry-ya! Yaya the misfi-ya!" but no matter how badly they act, Yaya is just too naive and trusting to believe the worst of them. Hard rocking, butt-kicking Nana is just the girl to grab hold of Yaya's timid demeanor and turn it upside down. Nana exposes Yaya's "friends" as slimeballs, doles out punishment, and does it all with style. Can there be anything that terminally shy Yaya and hyperconfident Nana have in common? Well, for one thing, they are the same person ..." Includes special extras after the story -- p. [4] of cover.
General Note:
"First published in Japan in 2003 by Kodansha ..., Tokyo"--Vol. 1, t.p. verso.

"A Del Rey book"--Vol. 1, t.p. verso.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
"OT ages 16+"--Vol. 1, p. [4] of cover.
Added Author:
Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0619/2004096774-d.html
ISBN:
9780345479136
Format :
Book

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HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES
Yaya's high school friends haven't been very nice. They call her "Yaya the cry-ya! Yaya the misfi-ya!" But no matter how badly they act, Yaya is just too naïve and trusting to believe the worst of her friends. Hard-rocking, butt-kicking Nana is just the girl to grab hold of Yaya's timid demeanor and turn it upside down. Nana exposes Yaya's "friends" as slime bags, doles out punishment, and does it all with style. Can there be anything that terminally shy Yaya and hyper-confident Nana have in common? Well, for one thing, they're the same person. . . .


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This could have been yet another in the long line of manga sagas focusing on the life and loves of a cute high school girl. Ikezawa's tale of 16-year-old Yaya Higuchi does begin as cookie-cutter fare (with requisite Sailor Moon-esque art), but it swiftly dives into the deep end of weirdness. Meek Yaya and her backstabbing "friends," Seri and Moe, spend their time doing things that girls in stories of this genre usually do: shopping and mooning over cute boys and teen pop idols. But unbeknownst to her girlfriends, Yaya is involved with a group of "makeup band" enthusiasts who dress in goth-rock costumes, which allows her to express a more assertive personality. That persona aggressively springs to life when Yaya becomes smitten with hunky Moriyama, a Led Zeppelin fan who also fronts a band. Since Yaya is too shy to deal with her feelings for Moriyama herself, her alter ego, Nana, takes over, exhibiting great confidence, empowered-yet-wholesome sexuality and martial/gymnastic abilities commonplace to superhero strips. As Nana appears more frequently, she sets Yaya's catty pals straight as to what a couple of utter jerks they really are, and ignites an escalating war of humiliation, romantic outmaneuvering and petty abuse against them. Ikezawa tells this story in a disjointed manner, but the plot and art capture enough universal teen angst to hold readers' attention. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Life is complicated for poor Yaya. Her alter ego, Nana, is taking over more frequently and the resulting blackouts worry her. Moriyama knows the situation and tries to play down Yaya's fears even as he scolds Nana for making appearances. Shingyooji, Moriyama's musical mentor, takes a proprietary interest in Nana as a vocalist and potential conquest. And last but far from least, Moriyama's devoted fan Megumi enlists Yaya's help against Nana. Ikezawa treads a fine line with her protagonist(s). Moriyama knows about Nana and helps deflect attention when people seem to be figuring it out. Yaya's gothic friends just think she chooses to be shy some days. Shingyooji writes off any evidence he sees as Nana playing games-she's the primary personality as far as he's concerned. The central conceit has yet to become wholly unbelievable-or boring. Ikezawa's art is consistently gorgeous and differentiates between Yaya and Nana. Othello is a fun romance, with the drama lightened by comedic moments, many of which are provided by Elisabeth, Shingyooji's pet crocodile, and her tendency to bite.-Susan Salpini, TASIS-The American School in England (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.