Tai La May 20, 2012
Imadoki! originally ran in Shojo Comic magazine from 2000-2001. Brought to the states by Viz in 2004, the series is a short five volumes. Imadoki! is a pleasant addition to Yuu Watase’s collection, a mix of dramatic and comedic moments that conclude on a satisfying note.
The Gist: High school first year Tanpopo Yamazaki moves from Hoikkado to Tokyo to attend Meio Academy, a high-tech high school filled with high class families. The day before school begins she goes to see the high school and literally runs into a young man planting a dandelion. When she sees the guy in her class the next day she learns that he is Kiko Kugyo, son of the owner of Meio Academy. Kiko pretends not to have met Tanpopo, even though she remembers him from the day before. The students begin to chastise her for speaking to Kugyo like she knows him. When they find out she is a scholarship student from the country, they begin to bully her. Tanpopo continues on everyday with a smile on her face and attempts to make new friends by starting a “Planting Club”. Soon she attracts the attention of Kugyo and a few other misfit students who learn the true meaning of friendship from Tanpopo.