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Arina Tanemura

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Book Description

Aug. 5 2008 Short-Tempered Melancholic
• A collection of four short stories in one volume.
• From the creator of Full Moon o Sagashite , Time Stranger Kyoko, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance †, all published by VIZ Media.
• There were 31 reprints of Short-Tempered Melancholic from 1998-2004.
• Full Moon manga has sold through over 120k units in the U.S. to date.
• Full Moon anime DVD’s are also available from VIZ Media.
• To be previewed and promoted in VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat magazine.
• Arina Tanemura was VIZ Media’s guest at the 2007 Comic Con in San Diego.

A collection of four short stories from the famed mangaka Arina Tanemura!


Short-Tempered Melancholic:                                                
Kajika Yamano is a female ninja whose job is to protect her family's legendary weapon. But when a boy she has a crush on tells her she should be more ladylike, she vows to give up all ninja deeds.


This Love is Nonfiction:
Yuri sends her pen pal Ryo a picture of herself--but it's really of her best friend Karin, who is prettier than she is. Now Ryo wants to meet her, so she has no choice but to send Karin instead!


Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines:
Minori falls in love with Takato, a boy who shared his umbrella with her one rainy afternoon. Now she "forgets" her umbrella every time it rains in hopes of becoming closer to him.


The Style of the Second Love:
Mana secretly likes her friend's boyfriend, but Nakamura, a younger boy, is determined to win Mana's heart.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (Aug. 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421518015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421518015
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. Tanemura gained fame with the 1997 publication of I•O•N, a high school romance with a supernatural twist. From 1998 to 2000, she worked on the popular series Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko in 2000–2001 and Full Moon in 2002. Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon have been adapted into TV series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collection of 4 Short Stories Aug. 15 2008
By J. Gebhard - Published on
Short-Tempered Melancholic is a collection of four short stories from the early years of Arina Tanemura. By far the best work is the title work.

In Short-Tempered, the reader get a nicely packaged story of a female ninja, Kajika, determined to protect her family's secret weapon. The story moves quickly and maintains the reader's interest. In fact, I would have loved to see a series with Kajika in it. She is an addictive character.

Two of the stories have their hit and miss moments. Rainy Afternoons is a sweet story, but the main female, Minori, is so clueless that it detracts from the story quite a bit. It is similar to This Love is Nonficiton. The characters are enjoyable, but something is lacking. The story fails to be engrossing (and is somewhat contrived) and is easily forgotten.

The last work, The Style of the Second Love is the oldest work, but shines. The love triangle in the story is played out nicely and you actually want the characters to get together in specific pairs. Moreover, Nakamura has to be one of the most enjoyable male leads I've seen. He funny, determined, and clingy enough to be cute.

The art is beautiful and standard Tanemura. However, the panels are less crowded and less screentone is use. (A plus for some).

Overall, this is a collection of works that has a few flaws but still a good read. Plus fans of Tanemura will deem this a must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great one-shots for fans of Arina Tanemura! Nov. 27 2008
By ChibiNeko - Published on
Being a fan of Arina Tanemura's other works, I quickly snapped this volume up. Rather than have one volume devoted to one story, this manga collects several of her short stories. I'll review each one individually below:

Short-Tempered Melancholic: A story in two parts, the tale follows a modern day ninja by the name of Kajika. She's well known around her town for being valiant, but when her crush tells her to be more ladylike she tries to stop her ninja ways. Of course nothing is as it seems, especially when her childhood friend is trying to warn her about her crush & there's a rival group of ninja that is trying to steal her family's valuable secret weapon! The second part of the story is more of an "after" story that mostly surrounds Kajika's childhood friend & his attempts to woo her.

This Love is Nonfiction: This story is about a young girl named Yuri who sends her penpal a picture of her friend Karin, believing that she herself isn't attractive enough. Trouble ensues when her penpal wants to meet her & she has to have Karin stand in for her... only for it to seem that the pair are actually falling for each other!

Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines: Minori loves Takato but can't properly express herself other than asking him to share his umbrella on rainy days. However Takato has been rumored to be someone who is completely against the idea of falling in love...

The Style of the Second Love: Mana has a problem. She's completely infatuated with her best friend's boyfriend. She also has the problem of a hot younger guy that's competing for her attention. All of life's problems should be so terrible, shouldn't they?

Overall, I really loved this volume. Sure some of the stories were a little simplistic, but that's usually what comes of a one chapter story. All of the characters are incredibly likable, even the characters that are supposed to be "bad". For the most part I think that these single servings are just right & that too much would ruin the great flow that these stories have.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Arina Tanemura Manga! April 5 2014
By Crystal_Dark - Published on
This volume was a lot of fun and had several cute stories included. I loved all the characters involved throughout the 4 different stories included in this volume and would like to read more about some of them.

Volume Includes:
Short-Tempered Melancholic
This Love is Nonfiction
Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines
The Style of the Second Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute!! Jan. 7 2014
By Emerald - Published on
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It's a very cute manga that is just adorable. Love it! Another great tale by mangaka Arina Tanemura-san. Can't wait for more
3.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy and forgettable short stories from a popular manga artist... Nov. 20 2013
By Suzi Hough - Published on
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Arina Tanemura has never reached the blockbuster levels of manga artists like Rumiko Takahashi or Naoko Takeuchi, but she has a decent-sized American fan base who enjoy her series Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Full Moon o Sagashite and The Gentleman’s Alliance Cross. Some of her earliest short stories, including her debut work, have been gathered into an anthology. All the stories in Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories revolve around the blossoming of young romance: a teenage ninja agrees to give up her powers when her crush decides that she isn’t ladylike enough, a girl asks her best friend to impersonate her when she’s too shy to meet a penpal for the first time, another young lady always leaves her umbrella at home so she can share one with the guy she likes, and a girl has a secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend.

Tanemura has a style that is quite distinctive from other shoujo artists. Her characters look like no one else’s. However, they do tend to look very much like each other. It seems as if Tanemura has about two designs for guys and three designs for girls, and if you’re familiar with her other series you’ve seen many of these figures before. They may have had different names, but the face and age and general personalities are unchanged.

The stories tend to be rushed, with little character development. I wouldn’t really recommend them unless you like quick, fluffy little shoujo stories. There are definitely some cute moments – I found myself smiling at the silliness of “This Love is Nonfiction,” in which two penpals arrange to meet up, but each asks a friend to stand in for them because they aren’t confident enough in their appearance. But you’ve surely read something very similar to these stories before.

Although I wouldn’t say the stories are new or novel, if you’re a fan of Tanemura’s later works it is fun to see where she began – and just how far her storytelling abilities have come since then.

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