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NANA Creator Ai Yazawa's Tenshi Nanka ja Nai Manga Gets 'Reorganized' Version

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Manga artist Ai Yazawa has taken on a variety of small illustration projects since putting her popular manga NANA on hold in 2009 while being treated for an unspecified serious illness. She contributed artwork for singer JUJU's single Iiwake in 2017, drew a mini-manga featuring characters from her series Tenshi Nanka ja Nai and Gokinjō Monogatari in 2016, contributed new images to the 2015 NANA calendar, and published a new "Junko's Room" chapter, her first new manga in over three years, in 2013.

Tenshi Nanka ja Nai volumes four and five will get a re-release on September 19 in "reorganized" versions. These volumes condense the original eight volume series into five volumes organized by the characters' school year with brand new cover art. Volumes four and five were previously delayed due to Yazawa's health.

Yazawa commented, "I'm sorry to keep you waiting! The supportive voice from everyone is always encouraging to me. Thank you very much."

Tenshi Nanka ja Nai follows first year high schooler Midori Saezima who saw a tall, handsome fellow student take care of a stray kitten. Without knowing the boy's name, she fell in love with him at the first sight. Due to sickness, Midori returned to school three days after summer vacation, only to find out that she was "volunteered" as a candidate for student council. After a series of embarrassing accidents, both she and the mysterious boy she had a crush on, Akira Sudo, were elected as members of the student council. Being the first student council of this newly established high school, they are about to create "new traditions" for their school and a bittersweet love story for themselves.

The manga ran in Shueisha's Ribon magazine from 1991 to 1994.

Source: Comic Natalie


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