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Japanese: オセロ。
English: Othello
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 28
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 8, 2001 to Sep 13, 2004
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend
Authors: Ikezawa, Satomi (Story & Art)


Score: 7.591 (scored by 34753,475 users)
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Ranked: #20262
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Popularity: #2402
Members: 6,710
Favorites: 122
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Yaya Higuchi is a fan of visual kei musicians and gothic lolita fashion. As a child, her dream was to grow up and become a great singer. However, she now hides her passion six days a week, afraid that she will be ridiculed by her peers or her overly strict father. Only on Sundays can she freely express herself among like-minded teens in Harajuku.

Even without disclosing her secret hobbies, Yaya is treated poorly by Seri and Moe, two mean girls who she calls friends. As hard as she tries to remain optimistic, Yaya is painfully aware that no one at school speaks to her besides her bullies and an almost offensively straightforward male classmate named Moriyama.

When a fierce, no-nonsense girl named Nana starts taking care of Yaya's troubles—paying back Seri and Moe for their cruel pranks and kicking down predatory men who approach Yaya in the street—it seems too good to be true. Moriyama encounters Nana more than once, and as he sees Yaya in class every day, he gradually begins to suspect that these two vastly different girls are the same person!

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Othello. was published in English by Del Rey Manga from October 12, 2004 to February 28, 2006.


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Aug 9, 2008
UchihaFire (All reviews)
I thought that this manga had all of the right things to make it one of the greats. The drama of this high school girl, Yaya, who has another personality inside her, named Nana. The story was very well put together, and portrayed the life of a teenage girl who does not know who she is, and struggles through it.

This manga I recommend for people to read. It's very entertaining and heart wrenching. The art isn't the greatest, but once you get past that, you will fall in love with it.
Mar 24, 2011
burntlettuce (All reviews)
We've all been there, we have all had those situations were we just stared into the mirror and wished we were someone else. Othello follows Yaya; a girl who wishes for nothing more to be brave, and in doing so creates another personality to combat the problems she is to afraid confront.

I wasn't so sure about this manga at first. It was really angsty and the melodrama felt over the top. The bullying seemed unbelievable and I didn't like the way that it was always Nana saving the day. However, as the story manages to progress it started to turn for the better. The read more
Nov 28, 2020
whylime (All reviews)
TL:DR: Othello is a unique shoujo which falls outside of ordinary tropes and provides a unique and emotional story. I would definitely recommend this quick read.

Now, I really was not expecting for this plain-looking shoujo manga to take me by such surprise. I don't usually get so invested in these kinds of shojo, especially not ones as short as Othello, but... gosh. What I thought was a basic and boring shoujo turned out to be a much deeper story.

I don't think I was reading Othello, so much as I was FEELING it. While Yaya is not at all a relatable character, her emotions expressed in read more
Jan 13, 2011
sora_yume (All reviews)
Yaya Higuchi is not your ordinary shy-type naïve student for she has a secret: when she looks in her reflection in the mirror or suddenly hits her head or sees her reflection, she turns into Nana, her second personality who puts her into a lot of trouble because of its troublesome and hyperactive personality which is the total opposite of Yaya. (well, not totally because many times, Nana saves her from being bullied.) She, in spite of her low profile personality, has a passion for singing and cosplaying (she likes gothic fashion).

She likes Shohei, the lead singer of the rock band Juliet but soon read more


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