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Arina Tanemura's Fantasy and Other Manga

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By : Pamela Twain    29 or more times read
Submitted 2010-02-07 00:00:00
Arina Tanemura was born in Japan on March 12, 1978. She writes mostly shoujo and romance. Her debut The Style of the 2nd Love was later reprinted in the anthology work Short-Tempered Melancholic. In 1997 she began serializing I.O.N, her 1st full manga. Most of Tanemura's mangas have series in the Ribon magazine and collections by Shueisha.

Almost all her mangas, maybe except some artbooks and latest pieces, were translated into English either officially or by fans. The English-speaking know Tanemura firstly for I.O.N, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Full Moon wo Sagashite.

Ion Tsuburagi, I.O.N's heroine and a school senior, sings her name for good luck in trouble. After meeting Mikado Hourai, president of the school Psychic Powers Research Society, Ion touches his mysterious substance. So chanting "I-O-N" brings her abilities in telekinesis. This manga combines romance, comedy and fantasy. Originally in series from May to November 1997, its 6 chapters were collectively published in a tankobon volume in December. The English version was released in 2008 by the Viz Media publisher.

Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne is her another fantasy manga. Its North American licensor, CMX Manga, initially named it Phantom-Thief Jeanne and the Toei Animation English-language website calls it Jeanne, the Kamikaze Thief.

The heroine, Maron Kusakabe, is a high school girl full of trouble. By night she turns into Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, a reincarnated Joan of Arc, hunting down demon-possessed paintings and exorcising the evil spirits. Sometimes her failures vandalize works of art that biases the authorities against this alleged mysterious stranger. Only an angel trainee, Finn, can help her survive high school daily and fight evil by night!

The Time Stranger Kyoko manga was released from the September 2000 to the September 2001 issue, its chapters having been collectively published in 3 tankobon volumes in Japan and translated into English in 2008-9. Its series-based OVA, Time Stranger Kyoko: Leave it to Chocola, saw light in Japan in 2001 at Shuiesha's Ribon Festival.

The story goes around Kyoko Suomi, the Earth princess in the 30th century. She goes to school as a commoner hiding her status. The king will allow Kyoko to live her way if she revives her twin sister Ui trapped in time since birth.

Manga Full Moon wo Sagashite (Searching for the Full Moon) had publications from January 2002 to June 2004 and was translated. 7 tankobon volumes comprised it, adapted as an anime TV series (52 episodes). As the anime was finished a bit before the manga, their endings differ.

Like Tanemura's other works, it depicts a girl. Mitsuki's love of singing dies due to a throat illness. However, everything changes with some disobedient Shinigami appearing to temporarily rid her of suffering and magically promote her singing career.

The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, a shojo manga series, was written and illustrated by Arina Tanemura. Premiered in September 2004, it ran till the June 2008 issue. The 47 chapters were compacted into 11 tankobon volumes. The English 6-volume version came out in 2007-9.

To repay a business loan of 50 million yen, the Kamiya family gave their daughter Haine away to the Otomiyas. Haine Otomiya enters a student council of the elite Imperial Academy. Still she's ill at ease among her aristocratic circle, especially that of her favorite president - Shizumasa Togu, aka "the Emperor".

Zettai Kakusei Tenshi Mistress Fortune (known in English as Absolute Awakening Angel Mistress Fortune) was released in 2008. It's centered around Tachikawa Kisaki, a 14-year-old drop-out ESPer admiring Hashiba Giniro who's a superb ESPer since 5. They unite into "Fortune Tiara" and "Fortune Quartz" ESP team.

Sakura Princess Legend is one of Tanemura's latest mangas published since 2008. As suggested by the title, Sakura lives alone with a few maids in a mountain mansion, engaged to the prince since birth. Despite her will for independence, a prince messenger takes her to the capital...

Arina Tanemura has many fans around the world waiting for her next activity. In conclusion, she deserves a few words too. She has 2 sisters and a brother. A Japanese pop music fan, she likes game series Final Fantasy. She has 2 cats their photos are on her website. Tanemura's hobbies are drawing and karaoke with friends.
Author Resource:- Pamela is a huge lover of romance manga. She suggests visiting the website to read manga online.
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