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SASAMEKE by Ryuji Gotsubo

Elementary school soccer whiz Rakuichi Nagahama drew national attention a few years back with his IMPRESSIVE athletic skills. After disappearing to Italy for three years, Rakuichi reluctantly returns to the remote town where he grew up. The local high school soccer team can’t wait to get their hands on the prodigy, despite the fact that he was obviously a FAILURE in Italy. But Rakuichi’s not sure he’s ready to get back on the field. Sure, his best friend from elementary school (now a total cutie) can’t wait to see him play again…and his childhood rivals are eager to have another go against him…and the entire school is counting on him…but how can Rakuichi live up to their expectations when he’s sworn off the sport for good?
*Yen Press will be releasing the complete Sasameke series as two omnibus editions!*
Sasameke © RYUJI GOTSUBO 2002,2003,2004 / KADOKAWA SHOTEN
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SASAMEKE Volume 1
by Ryuji Gotsubo

November 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3182-6 | $20.99 ($23.99) | 464 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

Elementary school soccer whiz Rakuichi Nagahama drew national attention a few years back with his IMPRESSIVE athletic skills. After disappearing to Italy for three years, Rakuichi reluctantly returns to the remote town where he grew up. The local high school soccer team can’t wait to get their hands on the prodigy, despite the fact that he was obviously a FAILURE in Italy. But Rakuichi’s not sure he’s ready to get back on the field. Sure, his best friend from elementary school (now a hot babe) can’t wait to see him play again…and his childhood rivals are eager to have another go against him…and the entire school is counting on him…but how can Rakuichi live up to their expectations when he’s sworn off the sport for good?

SASAMEKE Volume 2
by Ryuji Gotsubo

June 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3183-3 | $20.99 ($22.99) | 432 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Older Teen

For once, it looks like the Chikubushima High soccer team might have a shot at the national tournament (provided all their players actually show up to the matches)! Rakuichi may have the raw talent that makes him an INVALUABLE asset to this bizarre team, but his enormous ego interferes with his ability to make good decisions on the field. (Seriously, dude. Just pass the ball.) As Rakuichi continues to irritate the heck out of his teammates, the foundation of the team, Azuchi, is out of commission, and captain Matsuri is losing interest as the power of the principal’s bribes wanes. With even tougher opponents to come, will the stars and supporting players of Chikubushima team manage to pull TOGETHER and secure victory?

series complete
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