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ICHIROH! by Mikage

ICHIROH_1 Nanako and her two best friends, Akane and Shino, have been in the same class since elementary school. Now with the entrance exam just around the corner, the girls have big plans for spending their college years together as well. Unfortunately, those big plans hinged on all three of them passing their exams…Now Nanako and Akane are ichiroh, first-year students at the local prep school. Nanako is determined to do better next year, but it’s going to be a real challenge — the bossy dorm/shrine manager puts the pair to work as miko, Akane can’t kick her video game addiction, and the neighbor’s pranks are getting out of hand! With all this nonsense, Nanako will be lucky to get any studying done!
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ICHIROH! Volume 1
by Mikage

May 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2925-0 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 112 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

Nanako and her two best friends, Akane and Shino, have been in the same class since elementary school. Now with the entrance exam just around the corner, the girls have big plans for spending their college years together as well. Unfortunately, those big plans hinged on all three of them passing their exams…Now Nanako and Akane are ichiroh, first-year students at the local prep school. Nanako is determined to do better next year, but it’s going to be a real challenge — the bossy dorm/shrine manager puts the pair to work as miko, Akane can’t kick her video game addiction, and the neighbor’s pranks are getting out of hand! With all this nonsense, Nanako will be lucky to get any studying done!

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ICHIROH! Volume 2
by Mikage

November 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3071-3 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 112 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

Nanako has been pouring all her effort into her exam prep class, however she still isn’t meeting her high expectations. But never say die! She’s ready to give it her all in volume 2! With the help (?) of her friends, Nanako struggles through procrastination and distraction, determined to reach her goal. Unfortunately, that goal comes with a hefty price tag, and as the cost of study guides, enrollment, and dorm fees climbs, the penny-pinching Nanako jumps on the chance to make some extra cash with a part-time job…at a maid café?! Now with even more work on her plate, will Nanako ever be able to pull up her grades and make it into the college of her dreams?

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ICHIROH! Volume 3
by Mikage

November 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-316-12805-6 | $10.99 ($12.50) | 112 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

Things are heating up as summer gets into full swing! But while the days of sunshine are great for beach outings and sunbathing, they are terrible for prep school students like Nanako and Akane! As if the temptation of summer fun wasn’t bad enough, the heat is making it even more unbearable to stay indoors and hit the books. Nanako needs to find a way to cool off, but her penny-pinching ways are making the decision to buy a fan or an AC much more complicated than she expected!

ICHIROH! Volume 4
by Mikage

February 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-316-12806-3 | $11.99 ($13.50) | 128 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

Nanako and the prep school crew are off to Okinawa for some much-needed rest and relaxation…I mean…for training camp! Surprisingly, Anko has selected a very nice hotel with delicious food and comfortable rooms, perfect for…intense studying. But even though Anko’s being more hard-nosed about the girls’ studying than she ever has been before…that’s still not saying much. There are still plenty of diversions and distractions to be enjoyed in the Okinawan sunshine! Let’s just hope the girls don’t regret it when it’s time for their entrance exams!

ICHIROH! Volume 5
by Mikage

July 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-316-18760-2 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 128 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

Nanako and her friends return from their Okinawan study vacation refreshed and ready to jump right back into their studies. But with summer behind them, the date of the entrance exam looms ever closer, and there’s still much work to be done if the girls want to be accepted to their first-choice colleges. Being a ronin hasn’t been easy, but Nanako wouldn’t trade the fun times she’s spent with her friends for anything! Except maybe a full-ride scholarship?! Grab your No. 2 pencils and make sure you fill in the bubbles completely! It’s the final volume of Ichiroh!

series complete
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