ROCK & ROLL WOMAN GIVES ME THOSE ROCK & ROLL BLUES
Timid Yaya is the victim of every bully in school, but she has a secret kept even from herself: She has another personality named Nana, who is all too willing to kick butt. While nice-guy guitarist Moriyama begins a tentative romance with Yaya, the constant appearances of brash Nana reveal the truth about his would-be girlfriend. And soon Moriyama’s charismatic professional-musician friend Shôhei takes too much of an interest in Nana’s killer singing voice . . . and body! Can Nana resist the very man Yaya has idealized all her life?!
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Satomi Ikezawa's previous work before Othello is Guru Guru Pon-chan. Ikezawa won the 24th Kodansha Manga Prize in 2000 for Guru Guru Pon-chan. She has two Labradors, named Guts and Ponta.From School Library Journal:
Grade 10 Up–Life is complicated for poor Yaya. Her alter ego, Nana, is taking over more frequently and the resulting blackouts worry her. Moriyama knows the situation and tries to play down Yaya's fears even as he scolds Nana for making appearances. Shingyooji, Moriyama's musical mentor, takes a proprietary interest in Nana as a vocalist and potential conquest. And last but far from least, Moriyama's devoted fan Megumi enlists Yaya's help against Nana. Ikezawa treads a fine line with her protagonist(s). Moriyama knows about Nana and helps deflect attention when people seem to be figuring it out. Yaya's gothic friends just think she chooses to be shy some days. Shingyooji writes off any evidence he sees as Nana playing games–she's the primary personality as far as he's concerned. The central conceit has yet to become wholly unbelievable–or boring. Ikezawa's art is consistently gorgeous and differentiates between Yaya and Nana. Othello is a fun romance, with the drama lightened by comedic moments, many of which are provided by Elisabeth, Shingyooji's pet crocodile, and her tendency to bite.–Susan Salpini, TASIS–The American School in England
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