Arisa, vol. 1
By Natsumi Ando
Rated T, for Teens, ages 13+
Del Rey/Kodansha, $10.99
Fourteen-year-old Tsubasa tells people exactly what she thinks, which has earned her the nickname “demon princess” in her high school. Guys find her straightforward manner appealing, but Tsubasa longs to be more girly and have more girlfriends—like her twin sister Arisa.
Arisa and Tsubasa have been apart for three years, since their parents’ divorce, but they have kept in touch. As the book opens, they get together for the first time and decide to switch places for a day. Thanks to their correspondence and some quick prep, Tsubasa pulls it off, spending the day enjoying the affection of Arisa’s girlfriends and her hunky but sweet boyfriend, none of whom suspect anything is up. It’s a perfect existence, which makes it all the more shocking when Arisa jumps out the window upon Tsubasa’s return.