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Forbidden dance. Volume 1
Ashihara, Hinako.
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Tokyopop, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
"100% authentic manga"--P. [4] of cover.

"This book is printed 'manga-style', in the authentic Japanese right-to-left format"--Colophan.

First published: Tokyo, Japan : Shogakukan Inc., 2000.
Reading Level:
Teen, age 13+.
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When a young girl loses her confidence to dance, she fears she'll never set foot on the stage again. But when she falls in lust with an all-guy avant-garde dance troupe and their leader, everything changes. Soon, her primary goal in life is to join the troupe and snag the guy. So what if she's missing a Y-chromosome? She's got spunk, skill, and passion--and, in the end, she hopes that love will conquer all.

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After falling during a performance, teenage dancer Aya almost gave up on the ballet she loved. But the passionate and masterly dancing of the Cool troupe inspired her to recommit herself. She competed against jealous rivals to prove that she was good enough to become Cool's only female member, all for the chance to dance with their leader and star, the abrasive AkiraAand her relationship with him blossomed into a stormy romance. In this final volume of the series, Aya's debut performance with Cool is coming soon, but the troupe's financial benefactor doesn't want a girl on stage. Meanwhile, Akira must decide whether to stay in England with his troubled former lover, world-famous dancer Diane Roberts, or return to Japan, Cool, and Aya. Ashihara's artwork is not entirely consistentAher figures occasionally have too-small headsAbut her dancing scenes effectively convey the beauty and emotion of ballet. Unfortunately, this book and Volume 3 are padded with disappointing back-up features unrelated to the main story. But the tale of Aya's perseverance is strong enough to warrant recommendation for most collections, for teens and adult manga fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.