Published by Del Rey (10.12.2004)
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. . . .
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!