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Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai
Author Ai Yazawa
Publishers Shueisha
Magazines Ribon
Original run September 1991 - November 1994
Volumes 8
Chapters 41 (List of chapters)

Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai (天使なんかじゃない, lit. I'm Not an Angel) often shortened to Ten-nai by fans, is a manga, created by Ai Yazawa. It was serialized by Ribon, like the bulk of Yazawa's other series. The manga was collected into eight volumes. An OVA adaptation was released in 1994, along with an artbook.

Ten-nai was followed by another popular Yazawa manga, Gokinjo Monogatari in 1995. Several characters make cameos in Gokinjo, most prominently Ken Nakagawa who bears an uncanny resemblance to Tsutomu Yamaguchi. Midori, Akira, Takigawa, and Yuko, including Tonko, and Kayo all make small cameos.


Midori Saejima has recently enrolled at Hijiri Academy, a recently established school. Her classmates convince her to run for student council. She decides against it at first, before she sees that her recent crush, Akira Sudou is running too. Midori is elected the vice-president, and Akira is president. She becomes fast friends, after sometime with the rest of the council, Yuko Mamiya, Shuuichi Takigawa, and Bunta Kouno.


Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai can be considered Yazawa's first successful manga series. Ribon serialized it from 1991 to 1994, and Shueisha published the manga into eight volumes.

In 2000, Ten-nai was republished by Shueisha in four volumes. The covers were all-new designs by Ai Yazawa. Later, Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai was republished again starting in 2008. It was published into six volumes this time, and each cover depicts a real-life situation with a "Sudou Saurus" in each background.


Cover Volume # Japanese release date ISBN
Tenshi-volume-1 1 May, 1992[1] 9784088536101
Ten-nai-2 2 September, 1992[1] 9784088536286
Ten-nai-3 3 March, 1993[1] 9784088536552
Ten-nai-4 4 August, 1993[1] 9784088536804
Ten-nai-5 5 January, 1994[1] 9784088537092
Ten-nai-6 6 June, 1994[1] 9784088537382
Ten-nai-7 7 October, 1994[1] 9784088537580
Ten-nai-8 8 March, 1995[1] 9784088537856

Other mediaEdit



Ten-nai OVA on VHS.

Main Article: Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai (OVA)

An OVA adaption was presented on September 21, 1994 at the Ribon Festival, and focuses roughly on the beginning of the manga. The OVA is about a half-an-hour long, and was released on video tape sometime after it's premiere.


Main Article: Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai Artbook

An artbook was released sometime in 1994, after the moderate success Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai garnered. The artbook contains full-colored illustrations, and includes pages dedicated to the miscellaneous products of Ten-nai.



2008 - 2009Edit


See alsoEdit

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