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Idol Dreams, Vol. 1 by [Tanemura, Arina]
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At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she’s a virgin, Chikage is humiliated and wishes she could return to the time when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out on all those years ago—including becoming a star!

About the Author

Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. She gained fame with the 1997 publication of I-O-N, and ever since her debut Tanemura has been a major force in shojo manga with popular series Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Time Stranger Kyoko, Full Moon, and The Gentlemen's Alliance +. Both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon have been adapted into animated TV series. "

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 126417 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat (Nov. 3 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016XB2A3E
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f096f3c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee281c) out of 5 stars "I wanted to become 15 again...so I could do over my past." No spoilers. Has some controversial themes. Dec 29 2015
By Leaf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I must have hit the jackpot with manga this year. Every shojo release I get turns out to be a good read! Now let me start by saying I'm not a huge fan of Arina Tanemura. She's good but I never felt the love for her work so many do. The art is too sparkly and the eyes are too big for my tastes. The number one reason though, is that all her characters look the same.

I'm not hating-just voicing my opinion. So, to remedy these unpopular opinions I'll tell you why I really liked Idol Dreams.

Chikage Deguchi has lived her life only to realize she hasn't lived?. She's 31 and has never had a boyfriend, never felt truly appreciated, and works her butt off only to be harassed at her job. Once, she was pretty. Once she was a model student and all the boys confessed to her...but only after graduation.

Chikage is so broken that when she is publicly humiliated at her high school reunion, she tries to kill herself. Guys remember: she's depressed. It's not stupid or unrealistic. Her emotions were clear and Japanese standards put emphasis on societal standing and etc so unless you know that, you might think she's overreacting. She isn't.

Tokita, a young man who was a classmate of Chikage's, offers her the chance to start over. We don't know much more about him other than that he's always liked Chikage while she only had eyes for Haru. Haru was the boy who confessed to her after graduation and she wanted nothing more than to rekindle that flame at the reunion. Only now she realizes it's impossible.

Tokita lets her take a pill that lets Chikage transform back into a younger version of herself for about 6 hours. It isn't permanent like the premise makes it seem. She is instantly taken into the agency where Hibiki, a popular idol from the group Valentine, works at. He looks exactly like Haru too, and Chikage is very confused about this.

So we have two plots going on. Chikage is reliving her life and trying to find another path as an idol. And she's also still a 31 year old office worker being harassed by her coworkers. The thing that makes this work so well is it makes you think about the reprecussions. It makes you see the world in a different way.

Chikage realizes that she's not the only suffering. Hibiki hates how he's constantly labeled as a prodigy for he works very hard to do what he does. The women are pressured to be beautiful and to be meek to attract men. And how superficial our lives can be.

"My career, everything...I've worked so hard...so why is it always the carefree, irresponsible girls who find happiness?!"

Which makes it hard to read at times. Chikage wants to redo her life because...she's never had a boyfriend. I mean, yeah, that's a reason but is that worth it? She nearly killed herself. She's a very damaged character and I'm worried that this will tell people that love is the epitome of life. It isn't. It's a part that can make us happy, but it isn't everything there is to life. And Chikage needs to develop into a strong, independent woman and realize this.

This is only the first volume and while it does have troubling themes, I'm willing to support this series to see where this goes. Will Chikage turn out to be a desperate cougar and chase after a 15 year old idol pop star? Or will she better herselef and realize you can change yourself. That it's never too late. And that while love is important, it isn't all there is.

Chikage seems a little too bland and dug a hole for herself, so I want to see if she jumps in it, or if she covers it up. Let's hope it improves.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f405438) out of 5 stars For Her Adult Fans Dec 25 2015
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Idol Dreams represents a change in Arina Tanemura's work. Recognizing that her longstanding fans have grown up and become adults, she has written a series for them. Published in a tankouban targeted to women rather than girls, the same magic is here, of course, but the protagonist is now a 31 year old office worker who realizes her life has someone stagnated. It's a great idea for a story - a gift to her older readers while she also works on her other titles geared to a younger audience.

Story: Chicage Deguchi had a charmed life in high school - popular, smart, and full of potential. But now, over a decade later, she's a 'Christmas cake' - an office worker who has somehow reached her 30s without ever finding a husband or fulfilling life. When younger and prettier coworkers denigrate her status and betray her for their own benefit, she's had enough and decides to take her life. She's saved by an old friend from school, now a scientist, who believes he can give her a reason to live. He's experimenting with a drug that can turn her body back to 15 temporarily. It's dangerous but she doesn't care; it's her chance to relive her best years and this time make the right decisions.

Because it is Tanemura, we'll have a lively 15 year old protagonist becoming embroiled in the idol world. Cue cute boys and plenty of idol action. Perhaps where this book will differ is that her true love interest is actually in her 31 year old present - the friend she protected but never saw again after school until he saves her from drowning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee0e58) out of 5 stars A Magical Girl Series For Adults Nov. 4 2015
By N. Manahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just finished reading it and this volume has set a personal record for most tears shed. I found 31 year old Chikage Deguchi ( A nice breath of fresh air to read about manga protagonist who isn't in their teens or early 20s) a very relate-able and sympathetic heroine. The other characters and their relation to the protagonist that appear so far are already clearly set up and have grabbed my interest. This title kind of reminds me of a couple of Arina Tanemura's works; specifically I.O.N and Full Moon, but is very clearly its own title. Outside of this miracle drug that makes Deguchi younger and the minor contrivance of her becoming an idol I can't find anything to really complain about. In fact, the pacing and handling of the plot in general allowed me to suspend my disbelief and enjoy myself. Lastly, Arina's artwork is as lovely as always. I think Deguchi's awkward facial expressions (such as her smile attempt) as an idol are especially well done.

If you're looking for a new series to start I recommend this one here. I was hooked from beginning to end. I just hate that I'm going to have to wait until next year for volume 2.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0cebe8) out of 5 stars Rough art; cute story Jan. 17 2016
By D. Cootey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In the back of the volume, Arina talks of how she was asked to limit her signature flourishes because the market was for adults. Without the flourishes, there is just her main characters interacting. I never realized how awkward her figure drawing is. That aside, though, the story of a 31yo office woman who is lonely and regrets the mundane path her life took resonates. Through the magic of comic book science, she can turn 15 again. Her plan to recreate the lost romance of her youth takes a detour as she suddenly becomes an idol star in training. What could be a very typical manga theme becomes interesting, however, because we see her experiences through her 31yo viewpoint. These are just my first impressions, but I enjoyed the story enough to want to read the next volume.
HASH(0x9ec530f0) out of 5 stars Pretty good start March 2 2016
By Jude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
~3.5/5

This is Tanemura’s current series, and in this one she switched magazines, which means it has a different feel to it.

The main character is a thirty-one year old who’s extremely unhappy with her life. When she gets the chance to be fifteen again, she jumps at it. Thinking that if she had a chance to re-do her life as a kid, her romantic life in particular, maybe she’d be better off now.

Firstly, Chikage is very depressed at the beginning, even thinking about killing herself. She’s so unhappy, and it’s hard to watch. Seeing an adult so stuck on her teen years is hard to take. And then she becomes a teen, and starts crushing on her partner in a modeling shoot. On the plus side, though, she is actually attempting to change herself for the better.

I’m mostly unsure where this is going. As an adult, Chikage has a friend from high school, a sweet guy who still has a crush on her, but might have a girlfriend? Then when she’s a teen, she’s falling for this teen idol. But, you know, she’s actually an adult. I don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. I don't know if this is supposed to be aimed more at teens or adults.

Undoubtedly, though, I will be sticking with this series. I’ve read all of Tanemura’s series at this point, and look forward to getting more into this one. It reminds me a bit of Full Moon, what with the age change, but less supernatural. And if you’ve enjoyed any of her previous series, I would definitely recommend picking it up.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]