Sugisaki, Yukiru. Rizelmine.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

SUGISAKI, Yukiru. Rizelmine. Tokyopop. 132p. illus. c2005. 1-595-32901-3. $9.99. S

The main character of Rizelmine is 15-year-old Iwaki Tomonori, who returns home from school one day only to discover that he's married. Furthermore, his new bride is 12-year-old Rizel, whom he's never met. Tomonori reacts exactly like a 15-year-old would, and after he finishes his temper tantrum Rizel explodes (literally). Rizel, depending on what part of the manga you read, is either made of nano-machines or is a proto-human (or both). Translation: she's stuck in a 12-year-old's body, has two cute Frisbee-like disks attached to her head, and oh, yes ... she can explode at will. In order to age, Rizel needs the help of a human being, and she's chosen Iwaki, who unfortunately is not flattered. However, since Rizel is Japan's top-secret project, it's not like he has much choice.

This comedy/romance manga is set mainly in high school. The author is also the creator of D.N. Angel, a popular manga in my library; if your patrons like D.N. Angel, they will probably like Rizelmine. This is a twist on the usual nerdy-boy-meets-girl-with-superpowers formula so popular in manga: Tomonori wants nothing to do with Rizel, and indeed treats her rather badly. Rizelmine contains...

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