Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories Paperback – Aug 5 2008
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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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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.
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.
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.
the second story is okay, i'd rather learn more about yuri's romance than her friends romance,i forgot her friends name.. but its my least favorite in the collection of stories.
Rainy Afternoons Are For Romantic Heroines, is in tie for my favorite, there's a huge twist i wasn't expecting, so for being only one chapter it progressed very well and was easy to follow along with.
The Style of the Second Love, is the other 1st favorite because its cute how he keeps trying for her, and you can really tell he is immature and it can be kinda annoying to read especially with the "Mana eraser"
so i would buy if you like romance/comedy, but if you don't like cheesy romance don't buy its not a must-have but, its nice to pick up once and a while.
This Love is Nonfiction
Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines
The Style of the Second Love