Mangaka of bestseller Nana, Gokinjo Monogartari (Neighbourhood Story), Paradise Kiss, Kagen na Tsuki, Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai (I’m Not An Angel)
There is a good comic rental/sale over my area – called ‘TienDi’..www.tenchicomics.com. This is like a heaven’s gift to manga addicts like myself.After a long drought, decided to do a manga takeaway with Gokinjo Monogartari & Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai Janai. These are her earlier works .
Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai
This was done from 1991 to 1994, with 8 volumes and is basically shoujo. Basically talks about a love triangle ‘ Akirax Midori, Akira x Hiroko, Midori x Ken etc. and how the relationship progresses. A simple storyline with quite raw artwork. Couldn’t adapt it in the beginning as I’m so used to her stylish looking characters. However, towards the last volume of this series, you can slowly notice that her artwork has evolved more and more ‘Paradise kiss’ like, which is good!
Gokinjo Monogartari A series from 1995- 1997 with 7 volumes. A slightly evolved artwork, compared to Tenshi Nanka Janai. This is funnier and has more drama. Totally love the way where there is a cross reference of characters. it’s like doing hide-and-seek, searching for the missing piece.
Especially if you are an Ai Yazawa fan, you will have no problem identifying characters from Tenshi Nanaka Ja Nai and Paradise Kiss. This is considered a prelude to Paradise Kiss, especially towards the last few chapters where the same characters become the main leads for Paradise Kiss.
In this manga, the fashion has really been great -it’s such an inspiration for my everyday wear! Every small detail is carefully looked into – the polka dot hairband, the chanel hairband, the glass platform shoes etc…I thought this is totally different from other mangakas, and you can tell that a lot of effort and thoughts have been put in the story. Now I’m wondering…. should I be getting the illustration book for this? With this, I think I have almost completed all her previous mangas. The Other Ai Yazawa’s works (in retrospective)