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Othello, Volume 1 PDF, ePub eBook HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES Yaya’s high school friends haven’t been very nice. They call her “Yaya the cry-ya! Yaya the misfi-ya!” But no matter how badly they act, Yaya is just too naïve and trusting to believe the worst of her friends. Hard-rocking, butt-kicking Nana is just the girl to grab hold of Yaya’s timid demeanor and turn it upside down. Nana exposes Yaya’s “fr HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES Yaya’s high school friends haven’t been very nice. They call her “Yaya the cry-ya! Yaya the misfi-ya!” But no matter how badly they act, Yaya is just too naïve and trusting to believe the worst of her friends. Hard-rocking, butt-kicking Nana is just the girl to grab hold of Yaya’s timid demeanor and turn it upside down. Nana exposes Yaya’s “friends” as slime bags, doles out punishment, and does it all with style. Can there be anything that terminally shy Yaya and hyper-confident Nana have in common? Well, for one thing, they’re the same person. . . .

30 review for Othello, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    1.5 stars. There was nothing interesting about this really, mostly just stupid talk between two girls. Nothing special and the art was okay. There are likely so many better books with actual plots you can pick up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    I had started this one a few years ago, but never got around to finishing it, so I figured I'd grab it from the library again. The plot is fairly standard shojo--young woman in school with a problem--but the solution is not a new friend or lifestyle change. This time, the girl splits completely, forming an aggressive, assertive personality that takes action---sometimes in violent ways--to do what her normal self cannot. This story is interesting but has one problem that I have a bit o I had started this one a few years ago, but never got around to finishing it, so I figured I'd grab it from the library again. The plot is fairly standard shojo--young woman in school with a problem--but the solution is not a new friend or lifestyle change. This time, the girl splits completely, forming an aggressive, assertive personality that takes action---sometimes in violent ways--to do what her normal self cannot. This story is interesting but has one problem that I have a bit of a problem overcoming, namely that there's not quite enough done to make us see a physical difference when the change occurs. While Nana holds herself differently when she's Yaya, the idea that her friends cannot tell for sure that she's still the same person strikes me as odd. A girl still looks like the same girl, even if she lets her pigtails fall down, you know what I mean? However, I am willing to overlook that to see how Ikezawa explores the break between the two selves and how it will come to hurt Yaya, who seems to genuinely not know they're occurring. Will Nana take over completely? Will her friends ever figure it out, and if so, will she be more isolated than ever? I for one would like to know, and will keep reading to find out. (Library, 12/07) Trebby's Take: Recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Tiddy

    Probably the first interracial marriage in literature. The main characters are a General who is a Moor and his wife who is an Englishwoman. Jealousy and trust are main components of the plot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I just finished this book with hope that things might get more interesting but it didn't! the main idea is good, a girl with two completely different characters but the story plot is boring. Yaya always get bullied by people who calls themselves her friends and then when she gets so angry Nana show up and she do strange and sometimes stupid things. I didn't even liked the drawings that much they are mostly simple.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Thanks to my library, I was able to read this seven volume out-of-print series about a timid girl who copes with bullying in a remarkable way. Yaya likes goth-lolita cosplay and heavy metal music. But, in social situations and at school, she's reserved and quiet, easily bullied, and cruelly teased. Something inside her finally snaps, and Nana, a completely different personality emerges. Nana is confident and strong, handling with ease the situations that left Yaya so incapacitated. Ya Thanks to my library, I was able to read this seven volume out-of-print series about a timid girl who copes with bullying in a remarkable way. Yaya likes goth-lolita cosplay and heavy metal music. But, in social situations and at school, she's reserved and quiet, easily bullied, and cruelly teased. Something inside her finally snaps, and Nana, a completely different personality emerges. Nana is confident and strong, handling with ease the situations that left Yaya so incapacitated. Yaya doesn't realize that she has a split personality, however, though those around her start to discover the truth of the situation. Othello isn't really a manga about personality disorder (the mental illness is much too complex than a simple exchange of personalities when the going gets rough) so much as a story about a girl learning to come out of her shell and face her fears. That said, at times the story is much too much over-the-top. Nana's physical abilities are impossible to believe, as are the extreme efforts the antagonists take to bring her down. The art is dated (this series ran from 2001 - 2004), but still quite lovely. My only real complaint is the lack of diversity of expressions among the characters, though the change between Yaya and Nana is done very well from slouching to straight and upright, from timid to confident. Othello was an enjoyable read, wonderfully translated by William Flanagan (of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles and xxxHolic fame). The end-notes about culture and other references is as always nice at the end of each volume as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura (ローラ)

    Yaya is a meek dim-witted teenage girl who lets everyone push her around. Nana is a strong, brazen teenage girl who punishes evil-doers. They are complete opposites, yet they are the same person. Yaya has a split personality. Whenever Yaya is faced with a difficult situation Nana takes over. Nana knows everything about Yaya, but Yaya doesn't know anything about Nana. In fact, she completely blanks whenever Nana is in control and becomes confused and scared when she doesn't remember parts of her Yaya is a meek dim-witted teenage girl who lets everyone push her around. Nana is a strong, brazen teenage girl who punishes evil-doers. They are complete opposites, yet they are the same person. Yaya has a split personality. Whenever Yaya is faced with a difficult situation Nana takes over. Nana knows everything about Yaya, but Yaya doesn't know anything about Nana. In fact, she completely blanks whenever Nana is in control and becomes confused and scared when she doesn't remember parts of her life, and when other people around her start accusing her of wild and crazy behavior. This is a fun series! I like the idea that Nana is there as an outlet for Yaya's emotions until Yaya can become strong enough to deal with them on her own. Apart from all of the split-personality craziness, this series reminds me a lot of Kimi Ni Todoke. The way the nice-guy (Moriyama-kun) takes care of the meek Yaya. The other characters in the series often mention that Nana and Yaya look alike, but too different. And it is true. Satomi has managed to keep the essence of the characters the same, while also making them look like completely different characters. It's a fun quick read [I read the 7 volumes in about 3 hours]-- I highly recommend you giving it a try.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Harriet

    I've read this series before a LONG time ago and completely forgot how much fun it is. I really enjoy the plot, poor Yaya is bullied by her two "friends" until she receives a letter from younger her and she starts transforming in to Nana. I like the drawings and the band and singing aspect.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    3.5 I wasn't too sure about this at first, but it's cute. And some of the facial expressions are hilarious!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teetee

    Read this years ago, interesting idea but for some reason I didn't stick with the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Souza

    Didn't love the artwork, and the story is strange.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Oh wow this is hilarious.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Have you ever been that girl who is tired of being pushed around, bullied, or taken advantage of because you are too nice and don't stand up for yourself as much as you should? Then take a lesson from Nana! When things become overwhelming for timid and meek Yaya, Yaya transforms into her alter ego Nana. Taking on a punk rock persona, Nana is a girl who stands up for Yaya and kicks some butt in the process! Summary of Volume 1: Meet Yaya who is meek and bullied by her so called "friends. Have you ever been that girl who is tired of being pushed around, bullied, or taken advantage of because you are too nice and don't stand up for yourself as much as you should? Then take a lesson from Nana! When things become overwhelming for timid and meek Yaya, Yaya transforms into her alter ego Nana. Taking on a punk rock persona, Nana is a girl who stands up for Yaya and kicks some butt in the process! Summary of Volume 1: Meet Yaya who is meek and bullied by her so called "friends." Seri and Moe, constantly put Yaya down. When Seri and Moe take Yaya to a Karaoke Box we see Yaya transform into Nana for the first time when she gets into a dangerous situation with some guys at the Karaoke Box w who try to molest the girls. To protect herself, Yaya transforms into Nana when she looks into a compact mirror and Nana kicks some butt! At school Yaya becomes friends with Moriyama who is in a rock band, but Seri and Moe are a little jealous of Yaya becoming friends with this really cool guy so they often try to break up Yaya and Moriyama's friendship. Nana realizes that Yaya's "friends" were never really her friends at all and they use Yaya for their own benefit, so Nana comes seeking revenge to protect Yaya. Themes: Rock, Bands, Music, Friendship, Bullying, Cosplay, Courage, and Split Personalities. My Thoughts: I read this book in high school and I still am in love with it seven years later. In junior high and high school I was bullied because I was very sensitive just like Yaya and I didn't learn to stand up for myself until late high school. I'm also too nice and don't know how to say no, even to friends or my bosses at work and that's how I get taken advantage of and in trouble. This is why I can relate to Yaya so much. There were numerous times in high school where I wish I would have stood up to my bully and imagined things to say to my bully which were nastier than anything she ever said to me. I think this is because we all have someone like Nana inside of us who makes us defensive and protective of ourselves for our own survival and pride. Nana is that person we all really want to be. But maybe not quite so extreme as her...heh heh heh. FYI: I did finally stand up to my bully and she started leaving me alone. Audience: As a school librarian recommend this book to teenage girls with low self esteem or girls who are bullied. However, I want to warn girls about some mature themes. Once or twice in about every volume Yaya or someone is almost molested or raped which is very extreme and unrealistic, so I advise this manga for girls 17+ only. Overall, this is a pretty kick-ass manga.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

    Fromm my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads I read Othello for the first time quite a while ago, and only made it to the 3rd or 4th volume. I recently won the whole set (7 volumes) from Rachel at Fictitious Musings, so decided to re-read it from the beginning so I could finish the series. Othello is an adorable manga, and it's fabulous because it's different. And brilliant! Have you ever been in a situation where you felt slighted and wanted to get back at someone, but just couldn't? Yaya was in that situation every day. Her so-called frieseries. Fromm my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads I read Othello for the first time quite a while ago, and only made it to the 3rd or 4th volume. I recently won the whole set (7 volumes) from Rachel at Fictitious Musings, so decided to re-read it from the beginning so I could finish the series. Othello is an adorable manga, and it's fabulous because it's different. And brilliant! Have you ever been in a situation where you felt slighted and wanted to get back at someone, but just couldn't? Yaya was in that situation every day. Her so-called friends, Seri and Moe, are total bitches. I wanted to punch them! Yaya has a doormat personality - she has no backbone and won't stand up for herself. She let her friends walk all over her and treat her like shit on a daily basis. Enter Nana, Yaya's alter ego. She's spunky, kick-ass, and ballsy. She has no problem telling Yaya's 'friends' what for. I loved the parts where she came into play because Seri and Moe got what they deserved - a little bit of karma! Nana stood up for Yaya when she wouldn't stand up for herself. I liked Moriyama quite a bit. He's cool and laid back, and he actually stood up for Yaya too. When he said, 'I would have punched them in the face,' I wanted to jump through the pages and hug him until he turned blue! Another reason I enjoyed this one so much was because it has plenty of humor in it. There were quite a few times I giggled out loud while reading! Good morning, Charlie! ASSESSMENT Plot: 4/5 Art: 4/5 Originality: 5/5 Characters: 4/5 Pace: 5/5 Cover: 3.5/5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jody Mena

    What a great start! The drama in this story starts right off the bat. Poor Yaya sweet and shy, but she is a classic doormat, and I sometimes find it hard to feel sorry for her, because she knows she is being mistreated and bullied by her friends, but she refuses to stand up for herself, choosing to be their emotional punching bag rather than give up her only friends and be lonely. Her alter ego, Nana (who seems literally to be an alternate personality, the actions and existence of whom Yaya appa What a great start! The drama in this story starts right off the bat. Poor Yaya sweet and shy, but she is a classic doormat, and I sometimes find it hard to feel sorry for her, because she knows she is being mistreated and bullied by her friends, but she refuses to stand up for herself, choosing to be their emotional punching bag rather than give up her only friends and be lonely. Her alter ego, Nana (who seems literally to be an alternate personality, the actions and existence of whom Yaya apparently has no memory after the fact) is more my speed, she takes crap from no one, speaks her mind and does what she wants regardless of what others think. I really enjoyed watching Yaya teach Seri and Moe a lesson, again and again. I also really enjoy Yaya's chosen alter ego as a cosplaying fan of a make-up wearing goth band - this is something I can relate to personally, and for that I can forgive her flaws and insecurities - this character is a kindred spirit! Clearly Moriyama likes both sides in different ways, Yaya's sweetness and Nana's forcefulness, so if she could just integrate her personalities, I feel sure she and Moriyama could tell her so-called 'friends' to go to hell and live happily ever after - but then where would be the fun in that? I can't wait to see what craziness will arise from the next volume!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    Yaya is a timid high school girl who seems to have fallen in with the wrong crowd. Her “friends” are these two stuck up girls who are never nice to her. But Yaya has a secret life and a secret persona that she keeps separate from these girls. She’s Mimi when she cosplays, and she’s also secretly strong and cool and dangerous. Moriyama, a boy at school, really likes Yaya, and pays her all kinds of attention. This makes Yaya’s “friends” jealous, and Seri tries to steal Moriyama from her. But he se Yaya is a timid high school girl who seems to have fallen in with the wrong crowd. Her “friends” are these two stuck up girls who are never nice to her. But Yaya has a secret life and a secret persona that she keeps separate from these girls. She’s Mimi when she cosplays, and she’s also secretly strong and cool and dangerous. Moriyama, a boy at school, really likes Yaya, and pays her all kinds of attention. This makes Yaya’s “friends” jealous, and Seri tries to steal Moriyama from her. But he seems to see something in Yaya that the others don’t and he’s not interested in the other girls. Yaya, herself, seems unaware half the time that this other person exists inside of her (she often refers to her as ‘Nana’). It’s not clear if she really doesn’t know and it’s like a split personality, or if she does know but pretends not to. Interesting series. The artwork is full of pretty people – boys and girls are beautiful. Not sure where it’s going to go (I’ve only read the first volume), but hopefully Yaya and Nana become a whole and integrated person. If it ends up being the same thing over and over again – Seri and Moe are mean to Yaya and then Nana her alterego avenges her – it could get old pretty fast.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Yaya is the shy, trusting child of an overbearing single father and is easily pushed around by her classmates. When things go beyond what she can take, Yaya checks out for a while and it becomes time for the assertive, no-nonsense Nana to handle the situation. Othello has a good premise and a nice approach to it. The dual personality element is done well and Yaya and Nana are compelling leads. The supporting cast is mixed. The love interest is fine, but Yaya's "friends" and father are Yaya is the shy, trusting child of an overbearing single father and is easily pushed around by her classmates. When things go beyond what she can take, Yaya checks out for a while and it becomes time for the assertive, no-nonsense Nana to handle the situation. Othello has a good premise and a nice approach to it. The dual personality element is done well and Yaya and Nana are compelling leads. The supporting cast is mixed. The love interest is fine, but Yaya's "friends" and father are very one dimensional. Their harassment of Yaya is over the top to the point where they're pretty much caricatures. We're just getting started though, so there's time to flesh things out and hopefully add some more engaging and varied characters. The art is solid. The artist isn't afraid to use distorted forms for effect and it enhances the impact of scenes and adds to the humor. The attention given to facial expressions and body language really helps establish Yaya and Nana as distinct characters. Overall Othello volume 1 is a decent start. Call it 3.5 stars rounded up. There's potential here and I'm interested to see how things go for Yaya.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this manga, but I sure wasn't expecting me to like it so much on the first volume! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Nana! She is amazing and everything I aspire to be. And Yaya is so adorable and cute. It pisses me off Seri and Moe take advantage of her. She's so sweet and darling. Aaaaaany way, haha as you can tell I'm already pretty attached to some characters. I'm excited for the rest of the volumes. And now, the photos! Two hilarious panels: (Yaya and Moriyama - Moriyama told Yaya he ha I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this manga, but I sure wasn't expecting me to like it so much on the first volume! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Nana! She is amazing and everything I aspire to be. And Yaya is so adorable and cute. It pisses me off Seri and Moe take advantage of her. She's so sweet and darling. Aaaaaany way, haha as you can tell I'm already pretty attached to some characters. I'm excited for the rest of the volumes. And now, the photos! Two hilarious panels: (Yaya and Moriyama - Moriyama told Yaya he had felt her body before. This is what happened XD) (Seri - Nana bashed her chin with an oar!)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie

    Poor Yaya struggles through high school with only bullies for friends, living through each week for Sunday when she can finally dress up in homage to her favourite band, Juliette. Yaya reaches breaking point on a group date when her so-called friends force her into singing whilst mocking her taste in music and clothes (they're multi-tasking bullies). When Yaya snaps out comes another girl from within. Strong, sassy Nana is the polar opposite of Yaya and quickly shows the whole room who's boss, b Poor Yaya struggles through high school with only bullies for friends, living through each week for Sunday when she can finally dress up in homage to her favourite band, Juliette. Yaya reaches breaking point on a group date when her so-called friends force her into singing whilst mocking her taste in music and clothes (they're multi-tasking bullies). When Yaya snaps out comes another girl from within. Strong, sassy Nana is the polar opposite of Yaya and quickly shows the whole room who's boss, but that's really not going to help Yaya when she wakes back up. Othello is a hilarious tale of split personalities and all the things that made high school awesome and awful. It's hard not to root for sweet little Yaya but you can't help but wish she didn't need to become Nana to deal with her problems. Plenty of cultural references are explained in the back for those less familiar with Japanese traditions and the fact they leave in these details is something I appreciate. I recommend the book/series to any shojo manga fan.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarai

    Yaya Higuchi is a 16-year old suffering from severe shyness. She has two friends, Seri and Moe, who are not all that friendly and play mean-spirited tricks on her. Moriyama does give her some attention and thought at first she isn't interested, she soon becomes so. But there is another side to Yaya - a costumed "make-up band" groupie named Nana. When Nana takes charge, Yaya can't remember a thing. This was an interesting read, and of course I was mostly interested in the burgeoning ro Yaya Higuchi is a 16-year old suffering from severe shyness. She has two friends, Seri and Moe, who are not all that friendly and play mean-spirited tricks on her. Moriyama does give her some attention and thought at first she isn't interested, she soon becomes so. But there is another side to Yaya - a costumed "make-up band" groupie named Nana. When Nana takes charge, Yaya can't remember a thing. This was an interesting read, and of course I was mostly interested in the burgeoning romance between Yaya and Moriyama and wanting Yaya to break away from the no-good Seri and Moe. But it seems I will have to read volume 2 to find out if the break actually happens or not. :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Othello is the first version of a great looking comedy series. Yaya is a meek 16-year-old who has a habit of letting people walk all over her. Yaya deals with this problem in a very interesting way, by developing a separate, hyper confident personality named Nana. To complicate things even more, Yay is unaware at all of the damage that Nana does when she takes over. Othello looks to be a really fun manga series. The artwork, although far from amazing, is fresh and appealing. You'll fi Othello is the first version of a great looking comedy series. Yaya is a meek 16-year-old who has a habit of letting people walk all over her. Yaya deals with this problem in a very interesting way, by developing a separate, hyper confident personality named Nana. To complicate things even more, Yay is unaware at all of the damage that Nana does when she takes over. Othello looks to be a really fun manga series. The artwork, although far from amazing, is fresh and appealing. You'll find yourself wanting Yaya to find more confidence, and cheering when Nana takes out Yaya's selfish "friends." I'm looking forward to continuing the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lex Mori

    Though it is a slow, bit confusing read in the beginning, this story picks up into something truly enjoyable. The plot is original, the characters are interesting, and the artwork is unique with plenty of attention to detail (though it's not my favorite, personally). Yaya/Nana is a fun character to follow and the tension between her and Moriyama is too cute. The story is unpredictable and you never know where it's headed next. Overall, pretty good read, could be better, but definitely worth chec Though it is a slow, bit confusing read in the beginning, this story picks up into something truly enjoyable. The plot is original, the characters are interesting, and the artwork is unique with plenty of attention to detail (though it's not my favorite, personally). Yaya/Nana is a fun character to follow and the tension between her and Moriyama is too cute. The story is unpredictable and you never know where it's headed next. Overall, pretty good read, could be better, but definitely worth checking out if you're a manga fan.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    i finally got around to reading this one, and i'm glad i did. it reads a lot like wallflower, which i throughly enjoy that series, so it's fine. from my understanding, nana stems from yaya playing her in the past, and due to the emotional trauma of her mother passing away, and the intertwining fear of isolation and being bullied caused a pyschological break in yaya's personality. i must say, well done ikezawa! reading about damaged people normally isn't this entertaining. i can't wait to see how this serie i finally got around to reading this one, and i'm glad i did. it reads a lot like wallflower, which i throughly enjoy that series, so it's fine. from my understanding, nana stems from yaya playing her in the past, and due to the emotional trauma of her mother passing away, and the intertwining fear of isolation and being bullied caused a pyschological break in yaya's personality. i must say, well done ikezawa! reading about damaged people normally isn't this entertaining. i can't wait to see how this series will develope!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Singh

    This is Like, my favorite book of all time! Its about a very shy girl named Yaya who has the wrong friends and can't stand up for herself. Whenever she looks in the mirror, she has another personality named Nana who is fierce and strong and won't take crap from nobody. Nana knows that Yaya doesn't know about her split personality so when ever Yaya sees a reflection of herself-out comes Nana to stand up for Yaya and kick some butt! I promise you, it's never to old to read over and over again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    It's been a while since I read this manga and I enjoyed it just the same. Yaya is a really sweet girl with parasites who masquerade as her friends. Reading about a girl with split personality disorder is amazing. It's rare for a genre to do something like this, especially one like Othello. Three stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dorcas

    This is a story of split personalities. Meek and quiet Yaya is bullied by her "friends", until one day an accident awakens another personality, wild and outgoing Nana. Nana doles out justice, isn't afraid to dress sexy and walk on stage to kiss a guy she likes. Yaya, however, keeps waking in odd places, with blanks in her memory.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I've read volumes 1-4. I just got ahold of volume 5. So, we shall see how that goes. Yaya has a split personality that is like night and day to her personality. Yaya and Nana are interesting. I like them. The love interest is weak. Not super engaged. I am interested in what will happen when Yaya and Nana converge and what the conclusion of this series will be.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Others have summarized it better than I have, so I'll just tell you: I greatly enjoyed reading this. The art was very nice and the main character was so cute and lovable. I definitely recommend it, especially for any shoujo fans.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Kelly

    Awesome series with a great storyline. I love the art in this one. The main character is so lovable. I love the whole psych twist to it. I never got to finish, but I would really like to.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This manga was really, really meh. And there were a lot of plotholes that really made me feel like I'd wasted my money on this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tab

    (B-)

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