Review: Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories by Arina Tanemura


Book Information:

Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Mary Kennard
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Rina Mapa
Designing by Yukiko Whitley
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 1996
ISBN 9781421518015
181 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


3 out of 5


An omnibus containing four different stories from the manga-ka Arina Tanemura.

  1. Short-Tempered Melancholic Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
  2. This Love is Nonfiction
  3. Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines
  4. The Style of the Second Love

Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5
Ease of Reading Text: 3 out of 5

Short-Tempered Melancholic Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

Kajika is a Kunoichi (a female ninja), and she has the job of protecting her family’s secret legendary weapon, Kureha. However, someone is currently after this weapon, but when she should really be protecting it, she vows not to be a Kunoichi anymore – and all for the sake of her crush.

I loved the illustrations, as usually, and the designs for the characters looked really cute too. However, there is one part in the second chapter, where little kid Kajika looks kind of drawn weird. I don’t know why it looks weird to me, but it does. Pretty much all the characters had a good personality – even the clueless Kajika was amusing at times. It was just the plot that I really couldn’t bring myself to like that much.

Don’t get me wrong it is an okay plot. However, it is just very average and somewhat lacking in some things, even though there was two chapters to cover this story. Both chapters had the same theme, a clueless girl about who she loves, and kind of a rushed ending. I don’t mind characters who don’t know who they love, or it takes them a long time to know, but it tries my patience. :|

Overall, for this story, I liked the art (except for that one little image). However, the plot is the only thing that kind of got on my nerves. >.<

This Love is Nonfiction

Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Karin is a typical rich girl – pretty, elegant, a little spoiled, and has never experienced true love. But when Yuri, her best friend, sends Karin’s picture to her pen pal, she meets Ryo. She falls in love with him at first sight, but how can they be together when her best friends likes him as well? And how will they fix this mistake in identity?

All of the artwork and designs for the characters were really well done and really cute. :D I especially like some of the outfits she came up – especially the dolphin pendent. The aquarium and fish were also really cute and drawn very well.

Anyways, the plot is something I have seen before, but the manga-ka made it kind of different – and very cute to read. :P I like how she mixed things up with couples, even though you can kind of notice it. Despite being a short story, it felt complete and less annoying than the first. Though, I kind of wish Karin’s personality was a little less spoiled.

Overall, it was a simple, but pleasant, reading. Also, the drawings were so cute. :D

Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines

Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

When Takato shares his umbrella with Minari just one time, she falls in love with him. Now, in order to get closer to him, she forgets her umbrella every time it is supposed to rain. However, is this love mutual or one-sided?

The drawings are still kind of cute and wonderfully done – so pretty to look at. I like it when this manga-ka draws gutsy and cheerful girls who seem kind of annoying – makes it more interesting and believable. Also, it’s fun to look at her characters when they go into “kitty mode”. :P

Anyways, the plot is really cute and believable. Believable because what girl (or guy) hasn’t used some of an excuse for the person we love to pay attention to us? xD So, this is one of my favorites in this manga because it is really realistic. The ending also feels complete. ;)

Overall, the drawings were well done, but not as well as her later manga. Also, the plot was simple, realistic, and left good feelings.

(Side note: I don’t like the long English title. :( )

The Style of the Second Love

Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

Mana likes her best friend’s boyfriend, but she tries to keep this crush a secret. However, even though Mana already likes someone, Nakamura is determined to make her fall in love with him.

The drawings are not as pretty as the other stories, but it is still pretty average because this one is supposed to be her debut manga. ;) Well, it is better than how I draw, at least. :P Anyways, I love the “kitty mode” drawings. :D

This time the boy (Nakamura) is the happy character, instead of the main female character. Not so sure I like this, since I don’t really like guys that are over energetic or that much of a girl-magnet. ^^; Anyways, the plot is pretty average and kind of boring, and it didn’t feel really completed.

Overall, it was kind of average to look at and to read. >.<

Okay, now time for how VIZ did bringing this Japanese manga into English. I’ll just list them. >.>” 1) The SFX translations could have been a little better. 2) The lettering for the dialogue, etc looks like doesn’t really fit right. 3) Some art touch-up errors, if you look really closely. 4) Translation and sentences looked okay.

(Side Note: I think the stories go something like this for when they were published, in case you are wondering why the artwork doesn’t look the same. 1) The Style of the Second Love. 2) Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines. 3) Short-Tempered Melancholic Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. 4) This Love is Nonfiction. I think that’s the correct order as to when they were published in Japan. ^^;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012


Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Arina Tanemura
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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