i am here!, originally Koko ni Iru yo!, is a high school shoujo romance that ran in Japanese publication Nakayoshi in 2007. It was published in North America first by Del Rey with volumes 1-3 combined into one omnibus. The second omnibus containing volumes 4 and 5 was printed by Kodansha USA. i am here! is a short and sweet high school romance to satisfy a younger shoujo audience.
The Gist: Eighth grader Hikage Sumino feels invisible to her classmates. After missing the first few months of middle school because of an accident on the first day, she didn’t get a chance to form friendship with her new classmates. Now she longs to be part of the group but no one remembers her name. With one exception. Popular bishie Hinata addresses her by name and rescues her from a mean prank. He admits to watching her for a while. In her excitement she posts this on her sunshine blog to share with her online friends. Her blog is a source of social connection for Sumino. She has two regular commentors, Black Rabbit and Mega Pig. As Sumino begins to make some steps forward at school, she receives advice and support from her online friends. But it isn’t long until she suspects that one of her online friends may be the boy she is crushing on at school. The identity of Black Rabbit will change Sumino’s perspective on friendship and love.
i am here! is a pleasant diversion when you have some time to spare. A sugary sweet romance in just the right dose.