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Ide-kun!

Shanimuni Go could be considered as a "sports manga" with a female touch (which of course, makes all the difference ;), so even though its main theme is tennis, it's not so much about the sport itself as about the persons who play it. In this case, the tennis club of the Makunogama High School and the small group of students that compose it, including the main character, Ide (who is known to be one of the funniest most adorable guys ever ^o^ ).
This is not just another shoujo manga about some guy and some girl, this is a good manga story about a group of students and tennis players. ^^

RAGAWA Marimo, the author, is well known for her long running series Akachan to Boku, which was also turned into a TV anime series, as well as for her short foray into the shounen ai world with New York, New York. Ragawa is very good at portraying friendship relationships and this is what makes these manga seem much more close to Earth than what is usually seen.

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Vols./tankoubon: 17 (ongoing)
Magazine: Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Hinako-chan!

 

 

STORY INTRODUCTION:

Hinako, Ide, Louis
IDE Nobuhisa has always been a boy full of vitality and a young promise in the field of track running. However one day after a competition, he stumbled over the pretiest pair of legs he had ever seen! Their owner, a young girl practicing tennis makes a promise with Ide that she will teach him how to play. After seeing the name tag on her racket bag, Ide puts all his efforts into passing the test for accessing the same high school she goes to, Makunogama.

In his first days in his new high school, Ide discovers two things: an old friend of his is also attending, and nobody knows of a girl with the name he saw on the tag! He and his friend join the school tennis club, where they meet another first year, TAKITA Louis (Ruui), a very good tennis player with a little of an attitude problem.
Ide
However things start to look better for Ide when his dear missing girl appears in the school! As it happens, he misread her name on the tag...
TAKADA Hinako was well known as one of the members of the tennis club, but some time after meeting Ide for the first time she suffered an accident and has now lost the use of her left leg. Hinako is no longer a happy spirited girl and tells Ide she can't fullfill her promise.

Eventually the opposite characters of Louis and Ide end up confronting each other in a tennis match. Ide is an incredible fast learner, but he is no match... until Hinako decides to give him advice. Things only get worse, however, when their club president decides to put Louis and Ide as a doubles pair for the upcoming inter-highschool tournament!

Shanimuni Go is a mix of comedy, sports and drama. While the main plot involves the friendship between Louis and Ide and their problems, equally importance is given to Hinako's problems and feelings about her accident, as well as to the lives and experiences of all the members of the Makunogama high school tennis club. This is not a manga full of romances and romantic moments, which makes it a great read for anybody, no matter their tastes, though it might disappoint those who love heroines in continuous romantic problems.

 

ISBN / Buying Information:

These numbers come in handy when ordering the collected volumes or tankoubon from your local Japanese bookstore :)
Shanimuni GO is published under the Hana to Yume Comics inprint from Hakusensha.

Some online manga shops:
[ www.jamall.com ] [www.fujisan.com ]
Amazon Japan (ordering system in English, search in Japanese)
S-Book (in Japanese, but they've got everything)

ISBN Numbers:

Vol.1: ISBN4-592-17531-X (390yen w/o tax) [cover]
(vols.2-13 to come...)
Vol.14: ISBN4-592-17277-9 (390yen w/o tax) [cover]
Vol.15: ISBN4-592-17278-7 (390yen w/o tax)

All images © RAGAWA Marimo, Hakusensha (except backgrounds).

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