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At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she's a virgin, Chikage is humilated and wishes she could return to the time when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she's a virgin, Chikage is humilated and wishes she could return to the time when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out on all those years ago - including becoming a star!


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At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she's a virgin, Chikage is humilated and wishes she could return to the time when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she's a virgin, Chikage is humilated and wishes she could return to the time when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out on all those years ago - including becoming a star!

30 review for Idol Dreams, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Still Ongoing...Read chapter 3... Wont contunie until forced... WHAT TO DO TO CHANGE YOUR NORMAL AND UNINTERISTING LIFE: 1. Take a chance. 2. Don’t take yourself so seriously. 3. Learn something new. 4. Do something you have never done. 5. Ask out the person that you have been afraid to approach. 6. Don’t follow the crowd. 7. Dare to be different. Hell, as Steve Jobs said, be one of The Crazy Ones but still, dont you dare to forget to be yourself, no matter what others think, either. WHAT NOT TO DO TO CH Still Ongoing...Read chapter 3... Wont contunie until forced... WHAT TO DO TO CHANGE YOUR NORMAL AND UNINTERISTING LIFE: 1. Take a chance. 2. Don’t take yourself so seriously. 3. Learn something new. 4. Do something you have never done. 5. Ask out the person that you have been afraid to approach. 6. Don’t follow the crowd. 7. Dare to be different. Hell, as Steve Jobs said, be one of The Crazy Ones but still, dont you dare to forget to be yourself, no matter what others think, either. WHAT NOT TO DO TO CHANGE YOUR NORMAL AND UNINTERISTING LIFE: PLAN JUMPİNG INTO THE RIVER TO DIE. WHAT. THE. FUCK. Something is wrong with this lead girl, I swear. 1. She is 31 years old, but still a virgin (I'M FINE WITH THAT) and still in love obsessed with her highshool love because when the guy confessed his love to her she kept her silence and didnt answer, so somehow she thinks if she said yes her life would have been oh so different right now (WTF I'M SO NOT FINE WITH THAT!!). 2. Everyone laughs at her at work and her highschool reunion party and then when she sees her highschool love with another woman she feels rejected and decides to end her life by jumping into a river. 3. Her friend from highschol stops her (who was in love with her) and offers her a drug that can revert her back to how she was when she was 15. 4. Instead of trying to change her life, she decides to go back to her 15 year old body for a limited time even though they both know nothing about the effects of the drug (the research about the drug was stopped but who cares why!!!) 5. Instead of spending time to realize past and present mistakes and do something to ACTUALLY change her life, after immediately meeting the 15 year old twin of her highschool crush she decides to do modelling with him. With her 15 years old body. ARE YOU DONE? CAUSE I AM. Ooh, I wonder which man she is going to choose? YUCK. Manga Art:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    chikage. babe. there is nothing wrong with being a 31 year old virgin, i wish someone would explicitly say that to you. i am down with a whole 'i wanna change my risk-free life and try some of the things i've always wanted to do!' plot. i am trying to enact that exact plotline in my own life tbh. but it would be nice to see that story minus the weird sex pressures manga wants to tell me real life humans make a big deal about anyways. idk guys, there are aspects of this storyline that could get sq chikage. babe. there is nothing wrong with being a 31 year old virgin, i wish someone would explicitly say that to you. i am down with a whole 'i wanna change my risk-free life and try some of the things i've always wanted to do!' plot. i am trying to enact that exact plotline in my own life tbh. but it would be nice to see that story minus the weird sex pressures manga wants to tell me real life humans make a big deal about anyways. idk guys, there are aspects of this storyline that could get squicky preeeeeeetty quick (don't date a fifteen year old chikage! even if you are presenting as a fifteen year old when you hang you are still a thirty-one year old woman! obey the half plus seven rule and don't be creepy. i understand that your other option is not great -- psa world: do not kiss women while they are asleep and have given no indication of consent, it is also creepy. and as a general rule maaaaaaaybe try to avoid spending a lot of time with a crush when you've got a girlfriend? unless you're going to break up with your girl i'd say it's a good idea to minimize the temptation to initiate a romance with another woman? -- but there are plenty of adult men in the wide country of japan, i'm sure you can find a nice one who isn't already seeing someone) i realize everything i said does not make this sound like a very good volume. it is not. however, arina tanemura has a undying grip on the shoujo loving portion of my soul and i am confident she'll find a way to make this better. 2.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    "I wanted to become 15 again...so I could do over my past." I must have hit the jackpot with manga this year. Every shojo release I get turns out to be a good read! Now let me start by saying I'm not a fan of Arina Tanemura. She's good but I never felt the love for her work so many do. The art is too sparkly and the eyes are too big for my tastes. The number one reason though, is that all her characters look the same. The love interests and the heroines of each series look too similar and it real "I wanted to become 15 again...so I could do over my past." I must have hit the jackpot with manga this year. Every shojo release I get turns out to be a good read! Now let me start by saying I'm not a fan of Arina Tanemura. She's good but I never felt the love for her work so many do. The art is too sparkly and the eyes are too big for my tastes. The number one reason though, is that all her characters look the same. The love interests and the heroines of each series look too similar and it really makes me facepalm. I'm not hating-just voicing my opinion. So, to remedy these unpopular opinions I'll tell you why I really liked Idol Dreams. Chikage Deguchi has lived her life only to realize she hasn't lived?. She's 31 and has never had a boyfriend, never felt truly appreciated, and works her butt off only to be harassed at her job. Once, she was pretty. Once she was a model student and all the boys confessed to her...but only after graduation. Chikage is so broken that when she is publicly humiliated at her high school reunion, she tries to kill herself. Guys remember: she's depressed. It's not stupid or unrealistic. Her emotions were clear and Japanese standards put emphasis on societal standing and etc so unless you know that, you might think she's overreacting. She isn't. Tokita, a young man who was a classmate of Chikage's, offers her the chance to start over. We don't know much more about him other than that he's always liked Chikage while she only had eyes for Haru. Haru was the boy who confessed to her after graduation and she wanted nothing more than to rekindle that flame at the reunion. Only now she realizes it's impossible. Tokita lets her take a pill that lets Chikage transform back into a younger version of herself for about 6 hours. It isn't permanent like the premise makes it seem. She is instantly taken into the agency where Hibiki, a popular idol from the group Valentine, works at. He looks exactly like Haru too, and Chikage is very confused about this. So we have two plots going on. Chikage is reliving her life and trying to find another path as an idol. And she's also still a 31 year old office worker being harassed by her coworkers. The thing that makes this work so well is it makes you think about the reprecussions. It makes you see the world in a different way. Chikage realizes that she's not the only suffering. Hibiki hates how he's constantly labeled as a prodigy for he works very hard to do what he does. The women are pressured to be beautiful and to be meek to attract men. And how superficial our lives can be. "My career, everything...I've worked so hard...so why is it always the carefree, irresponsible girls who find happiness?!" Which makes it hard to read at times. Chikage wants to redo her life because...she's never had a boyfriend. I mean, yeah, that's a reason but is that worth it? She nearly killed herself. She's a very damaged character and I'm worried that this will tell people that love is the epitome of life. It isn't. It's a part that can make us happy, but it isn't everything there is to life. And Chikage needs to develop into a strong, independent woman and realize this. This is only the first volume and while it does have troubling themes, I'm willing to support this series to see where this goes. Will Chikage turn out to be a desperate cougar and chase after a 15 year old idol pop star? Or will she better herselef and realize you can change yourself. That it's never too late. And that while love is important, it isn't all there is. Chikage seems a little too bland and dug a hole for herself, so I want to see if she jumps in it, or if she covers it up. Let's hope it improves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    So... I get the feeling that this might be another of those series that will grow on me the more Deguchi (our MC) grows as a character. Idol Dreams is about a 31-year-old woman who regrets her life choices and tries to commit suicide because she's still a virgin and has never had a boyfriend. She then gets the opportunity to take a drug that will make her 15 again for 6-hour increments. "Akari" then goes to pursue her dream of being her exact opposite at that age, which includes being an idol! The So... I get the feeling that this might be another of those series that will grow on me the more Deguchi (our MC) grows as a character. Idol Dreams is about a 31-year-old woman who regrets her life choices and tries to commit suicide because she's still a virgin and has never had a boyfriend. She then gets the opportunity to take a drug that will make her 15 again for 6-hour increments. "Akari" then goes to pursue her dream of being her exact opposite at that age, which includes being an idol! The premise could be interesting... or could just end up being really creepy. We shall see. Character-wise, we have Chikage/"Akari" Deguchi. Chikage is a quiet introvert who decides life isn't worth living when she gets laughed out of her class reunion and the man she's had a crush on for 15 years ends up going out with a different girl. When given the opportunity to take a drug that will either make her young for six hours or kill her, she gladly takes it because if it doesn't work, hey, death, right? I give Chikage credit for growing enough of a spine to make the change, but the lack of spine in most cases worries me a bit for the future of the series. There are also two potential love interests, one of which is... kind of creepy. One is Tokita, a former classmate of Chikage and the guy responsible for Chikage's transformation into Akari. The other is Hibiki, actual fifteen-year-old idol and perfectionist/prodigy. I bet you can guess which one's the problematic pairing. So... I'll give the next volume a shot before I judge too harshly. So far, though, I'm going with a "promising meh".

  5. 4 out of 5

    ElsaMakotoRenge

    can we just give anxious Chikage a hug please that is all. off to find volume 2! P.S. Tokita and Chikage better be endgame. They are cute already and I usually don’t care about the romance one bit.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    Okay, let's say it: I love Arina Tanemura's stuff, so I'm probably a bit more lenient on this than I would be in some other cases. I mean, I don't actually like the premise very much: 30-something woman feeling she's worthless just because she doesn't have a relationship and she's still virgin etc. Ugh! But even so, the general topic, regrets and getting a second chance on making dreams come true, is fine. Yeah, so it places value on youth and love but that's fluffy shojo for you. And that's wha Okay, let's say it: I love Arina Tanemura's stuff, so I'm probably a bit more lenient on this than I would be in some other cases. I mean, I don't actually like the premise very much: 30-something woman feeling she's worthless just because she doesn't have a relationship and she's still virgin etc. Ugh! But even so, the general topic, regrets and getting a second chance on making dreams come true, is fine. Yeah, so it places value on youth and love but that's fluffy shojo for you. And that's what this is, so I'm just enjoying the fairy tale instead of looking deep commentary on social issues (because let's be real, the reason why Chikage feels as she feels is because how (Japanese) society is). Art is as beautiful as always, even though slightly less frilly than usually (editor wanted so). And there's plenty of room for Chikage to grow and both do what she dreamed of and learn to appreciate her adult life (and because this is Arina series, find love. That's guaranteed, lol).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    (Can someone inform me as to what happened to Tanemura's ability to draw and write? I noticed her sudden inability to draw and write in Shinshi Doumei Cross but with every new manga that she releases, I just can't help but wonder what happened to the manga artist who created Full Moon wo Sagashite and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. As someone who grew up reading her manga, I'm ashamed to say that I used to be a fan of hers.) (Can someone inform me as to what happened to Tanemura's ability to draw and write? I noticed her sudden inability to draw and write in Shinshi Doumei Cross but with every new manga that she releases, I just can't help but wonder what happened to the manga artist who created Full Moon wo Sagashite and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. As someone who grew up reading her manga, I'm ashamed to say that I used to be a fan of hers.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina (TinyTinaTales)

    3.5/5 Stars This story is absolutely adorable and charming. It definitely puts an interesting twist on some common tropes. However, the characters were very well crafted, and the art was beautiful. There were some problematic messages in the tropes that it features, but they were still done in a respectful and fun way. Overall, it was a very fun start to this manga series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mai

    reminds me a bit of Full moon wo sagashite with the music idol trope

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't even know what to say. I was initially on board with the 31-yr-old taking magic pills to become an idol. For some reason though I expected it to be a permanent "become young" kind of story and maybe a "be careful what you wish for" kinda moral. What I did not expect was an Instant Idol: Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts, Vol. 01Just Add Nuts kind of wacko story. The second the 31-yr-old and the 15-yr-old kissed and it was plastered all over town I nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooped out of there. I don't even know what to say. I was initially on board with the 31-yr-old taking magic pills to become an idol. For some reason though I expected it to be a permanent "become young" kind of story and maybe a "be careful what you wish for" kinda moral. What I did not expect was an Instant Idol: Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts, Vol. 01Just Add Nuts kind of wacko story. The second the 31-yr-old and the 15-yr-old kissed and it was plastered all over town I nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooped out of there.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I was delighted when I found out that Arina Tanemura’s Idol Dreams would be translated to English. I love Arina Tanemura’s manga, she really has an awesome art style and a real way to write a great story. And that is no different in this manga. This time we have a more adult character as a main, unlike most of her works which feature a teenage protagonist. But then again, our MC is still half of the time a teenager (due to the drug she takes), so in a way it balances out. I really like our MC in t I was delighted when I found out that Arina Tanemura’s Idol Dreams would be translated to English. I love Arina Tanemura’s manga, she really has an awesome art style and a real way to write a great story. And that is no different in this manga. This time we have a more adult character as a main, unlike most of her works which feature a teenage protagonist. But then again, our MC is still half of the time a teenager (due to the drug she takes), so in a way it balances out. I really like our MC in this manga. Well, OK, if I am honest, I like her teenage self more than her (mostly) depressed and lived-out adult self. Her teenage self is cute, is sweet, is happy and delightful with the world, unlike the adult self who is quite gloomy and regretful about stuff. Which I can somehow relate to, but on the other side, I wish this woman would look at the bright side of life for once. The idea of a pill which can change your age, change your appearance, was interesting, while I am pretty satisfied with my age/appearance at the moment, I wouldn’t mind going back for a bit to how I looked like when I was 15. Just to experience that again. Just for fun, and curiosity. :) Of course each age self has a crush/romantic interest. Hibiki when she is a teenager, and Tokita when she is an adult. I am quite curious who she will pick in the end, or if she is going to pick. After all, she can’t always be 15, and it might be a bit of a trouble if she would pick a kid who is underage. I am also curious how she will handle it, can she really handle two guys? While also juggling between the lives of an adult and an teenager (who is also an idol). I can just imagine that it will be a very fun, hectic, romantic manga. I am quite curious how the idol career will be going, the pills only work for so long, so I wonder how it will be handled. Hopefully in the right way (though I can just see that there might be a few mishaps). The art is gorgeous (as expected), I just love her style, though a lot of the characters always look like other characters from her other works. But I can forgive that as the art is just too beautiful. Characters are detailed, backgrounds are fantastic. So I am happy with that, and I can forgive something like characters looking the same way. All in all, I can’t wait for the second volume, and I hope this one will continue for a while. I also would recommend this manga to people. Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Read Feb 2016 - I have been waiting for this manga for ages and I finally have it!! This was a great story about a woman who is around my age - finally a character I can relate to!! Re-read Nov 2018 - this is still such a fun series! I actually really like the protagonist, Deguchi, because she struggles with self esteem and living up to the expectations she feels put on her by society. Re-read July 2020 - still love this series. There’s something about the combo of a 30-something character + fun i Read Feb 2016 - I have been waiting for this manga for ages and I finally have it!! This was a great story about a woman who is around my age - finally a character I can relate to!! Re-read Nov 2018 - this is still such a fun series! I actually really like the protagonist, Deguchi, because she struggles with self esteem and living up to the expectations she feels put on her by society. Re-read July 2020 - still love this series. There’s something about the combo of a 30-something character + fun idol storyline.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    Technically, the premise of this story is horrible: 31-year old office worker thinks her life is over because she doesn't have a boyfriend, and her co-workers laugh at her. Normally, it's the kind of story I avoid, but I'm a sucker for Tanemura's art style. Surprisingly, though, I like the story. I still hate that Chikage (view spoiler)[wants to commit suicide because she feels embarrassed by her life, (hide spoiler)] but I'm really intrigued by what she does when she "magically" reverts to 15 y Technically, the premise of this story is horrible: 31-year old office worker thinks her life is over because she doesn't have a boyfriend, and her co-workers laugh at her. Normally, it's the kind of story I avoid, but I'm a sucker for Tanemura's art style. Surprisingly, though, I like the story. I still hate that Chikage (view spoiler)[wants to commit suicide because she feels embarrassed by her life, (hide spoiler)] but I'm really intrigued by what she does when she "magically" reverts to 15 years old. I'm very curious about how the two parts of her new life will work out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    A different style for Tanamura... The plot is different, but the characters still seam kind of childish... At least Chikage does. I love the family relationship with Hibiki and his siblings. He seams more adult then the adult characters though... 2020 reread I enjoy the less frilly Tanemura style, but I am not so sure about the romance aspect, especially since Deguchi knows everything that happens as Akari, and still has her 31 year old mind. She should know better! I do suppose she is trying to k A different style for Tanamura... The plot is different, but the characters still seam kind of childish... At least Chikage does. I love the family relationship with Hibiki and his siblings. He seams more adult then the adult characters though... 2020 reread I enjoy the less frilly Tanemura style, but I am not so sure about the romance aspect, especially since Deguchi knows everything that happens as Akari, and still has her 31 year old mind. She should know better! I do suppose she is trying to keep her two lives separate though...

  15. 5 out of 5

    merireads

    Complex, fun, and beautifully drawn as always--Arina Tanemura never fails to enlighten me. (Massive typo in the last review; I was hecka tired and didn't know what I was saying. Obviously Arina is my fave mangaka lol) Complex, fun, and beautifully drawn as always--Arina Tanemura never fails to enlighten me. (Massive typo in the last review; I was hecka tired and didn't know what I was saying. Obviously Arina is my fave mangaka lol)

  16. 5 out of 5

    ⭒Christie ☽✯➳✯☾

    Fun unique story. Likable characters can't wait to read more. Fun unique story. Likable characters can't wait to read more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JiixBooks

    I'm impressed that the story actually won me over even tho it's such a weird and hilarious concept Cute and quick read and a tat different from Tanemuras usual work I'm impressed that the story actually won me over even tho it's such a weird and hilarious concept Cute and quick read and a tat different from Tanemuras usual work

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather Harvey

    First of all, I love the main character Chikage Deguchi and how that she is just a "31 year old Plain Jane" character that wants to go back to being her 15 year old self again. I can really relate to her character a lot because of her "no alcohol" and "plain Jane" appearance. The other character you see a lot is Tokita who makes the method on how Chikage gets her youthful appearance and I found him pretty funny too. He's just a guy that wants to help her fulfill her dreams of going back and bein First of all, I love the main character Chikage Deguchi and how that she is just a "31 year old Plain Jane" character that wants to go back to being her 15 year old self again. I can really relate to her character a lot because of her "no alcohol" and "plain Jane" appearance. The other character you see a lot is Tokita who makes the method on how Chikage gets her youthful appearance and I found him pretty funny too. He's just a guy that wants to help her fulfill her dreams of going back and being a different "Idol" person. And one other character that appears is Hibiki, who you think is mean-spirited at first but you come to find out he is just really dedicated to his band, his performance, and his music. He works harder than anyone of his band members. This manga is pretty funny and cute. The artstyle is just like most mangas. The big eyes and the wild hair. But I love it! The story is great! Spoiler Summary Below (view spoiler)[ Volume One starts out with Chikage getting scolding for something she didn't do and her beautiful co-worker is the one to be actually blamed. She goes to her high-school reunion in hopes of getting back with one of her crushes and is humiliated in front of her peers with her crush few feet away. She then wishes that she can go back in time when she was 15 and relive her life. Her childhood friend Tokita gives her an experimental drug that can make her young for 5-6 hours. Chikage goes out in the world only to get mistaken for a model that skipped out on an audition with the popular band 'Valentine'. They ask her to audition with the band member Hibiki who oddly looks similar to Chikage crush from Highschool, Haru. She at first refuse but with some persuasion, she accepts. Her 'alter ego' Akari Deguchi signs with the company to work with the Band 'Valentine' and closely with Hibiki. (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to read Volume 2!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Where to start? Let’s actually begin at the end with the author’s note. Tanemura-san is clearly a little miffed at having to remove all of her, um, signature elements that she feels define her series. It’s probably the reason why the art on this one is better than anything of hers I’ve ever read. There are a couple of stunning shots in this that are absolutely fantastic - the one they use for the advertisement captures an actual moment with amazing clarity, and there’s a shot later on that’s exte Where to start? Let’s actually begin at the end with the author’s note. Tanemura-san is clearly a little miffed at having to remove all of her, um, signature elements that she feels define her series. It’s probably the reason why the art on this one is better than anything of hers I’ve ever read. There are a couple of stunning shots in this that are absolutely fantastic - the one they use for the advertisement captures an actual moment with amazing clarity, and there’s a shot later on that’s extensively shadowed and it’s just gorgeous. The story is more problematic. It really had me in a bad mood from the first chapters where it feels like the lead is basically dumped on by all of society for daring to focus on her career, still be a virgin, and an introvert. She’s surrounded by awful people and that ultimately leads to her feeling like she wants to kill herself, but she’s actually an attractive and interesting character just as she is (I guess in my version where she just learns to accept herself the manga is one chapter long). I mean, she shouldn’t be thinking that her high school experience was what ended up defining her (spoiler alert for the real world - it doesn’t), but her humiliation and depression are exacerbated by external factors that should try being decent human beings. It’s a sour note on what otherwise is a cute take on this sort of old person becomes young again story, although the lack of time travel is interesting. It looks like we’re setting up a love triangle that is... problematic at best... We’ll see how it gets addressed going forward. I *think* I enjoyed this and want to read more; it definitely picked up as it went. If you can get over the parts of this that are potentially infuriating there IS a fun story, but you may be dragging some baggage along with the ride.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Khadija Sesay

    Oddly enough, despite the plot, I actually loved this manga. This is an example of when delivery beats the story. The story itself is very generic, which made me roll my eyes when reading the title. But it was ultimately the delivery of the plot that saved it. I actually laughed while reading this and even gasped a few times at the turns of. I thoroughly enjoyed this plot. So why is it 4 and not five? That's where the negatives comes in. Like I said, I thought the plot was very run of the mill, Oddly enough, despite the plot, I actually loved this manga. This is an example of when delivery beats the story. The story itself is very generic, which made me roll my eyes when reading the title. But it was ultimately the delivery of the plot that saved it. I actually laughed while reading this and even gasped a few times at the turns of. I thoroughly enjoyed this plot. So why is it 4 and not five? That's where the negatives comes in. Like I said, I thought the plot was very run of the mill, alongside the character tropes. But there were also some other downsides that came to mind. For instance, how the author handled the concept of suicide felt kind of forced. I felt that attempting suicide was very phoned in for the main character. I also felt kind of awkward at one of the potential love interests, Hibiki. The main character, after taking a mysterious pill has a body that has an appearance of her at 15. However, this only lasts for short periods of time, and only affects her appearance, and Chikage is 31, making this relationship a lot more, erm, uncomfortable. I'm personally banking that Hibiki is really another adult who took the pill, but I'm just going to avoid this ship just in case. Despite all of that, I still did enjoy this manga. It lives out the dream many adults halfhearted ly have in a different way, and does mean well. Though seriously, I'm going to need clarification on that potential ship between Hibiki and Chikage.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christyn

    3.5/5 Stars I am not sure about this series. Idol Dreams has an interesting premise, I'm sure that most of us have thought about what it would be like to redo parts of our lives. But I don't really know how I feel about this series yet. Chikage Deguchi, 31 gets the chance to "redo" her life as a 15 year old with a magical pill that turns her back to her 15 year old self for several hours. I'm not even going to touch the (view spoiler)[ attempted suicide after she is humiliated (hide spoiler)] , 3.5/5 Stars I am not sure about this series. Idol Dreams has an interesting premise, I'm sure that most of us have thought about what it would be like to redo parts of our lives. But I don't really know how I feel about this series yet. Chikage Deguchi, 31 gets the chance to "redo" her life as a 15 year old with a magical pill that turns her back to her 15 year old self for several hours. I'm not even going to touch the (view spoiler)[ attempted suicide after she is humiliated (hide spoiler)] , as I don't feel it was addressed properly, and it felt more like a tool for the plot to get moving. It seems like she is learning some lessons she probably should have before, but everyone learns things, experiences things and grows at different stages. I liked the interactions she had as "Akari" (the 15 year old version of herself), but I liked the adult interactions (especially with Tokita) that she had. Deguchi certainly wasn't alone with her regrets, but it'll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Hibiki, the 15 year old idol in this story is proving to be interesting. He looks much like Deguchi's first love, Haru - but there are differences (presumably, we don't really get to know Haru that well yet). There were undoubtedly cute and funny moments, I'm just undecided on the series. I am curious to see how the characters grow and how the story plays out, so I'll probably read a few more volumes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Gr 9 Up- Life hasn’t turned out so well for 31-year-old Chikage. In her mind, she’s a hard worker, but plain, and unaccomplished. Like many, she wishes for a second chance at life, thing is, she actually gets it. When an old friend offers her an experimental drug that restores youth, she doesn’t hesitate to accept. Adventure crashes into her headfirst, and so begins her unexpected, yet exciting idol debut. Sadly, with so much happening, she fails to recognize what is right in front of her. Tanem Gr 9 Up- Life hasn’t turned out so well for 31-year-old Chikage. In her mind, she’s a hard worker, but plain, and unaccomplished. Like many, she wishes for a second chance at life, thing is, she actually gets it. When an old friend offers her an experimental drug that restores youth, she doesn’t hesitate to accept. Adventure crashes into her headfirst, and so begins her unexpected, yet exciting idol debut. Sadly, with so much happening, she fails to recognize what is right in front of her. Tanemura’s art is as beautiful as ever, sparkly-eyed, and full of emotional scenes. Fans of her work will appreciate that she tries to deviate from her stock character designs. Chikage’s lack of self-esteem, and concept of what makes a woman accomplished, make her a hard character to like at first. However, the courage she finds to face her fears, and her desire to become a “her” that she can love, are admirable. By the end of volume one, we want to cheer her on. While the style, idol premise, and focus on young love will largely appeal to teens, adults too will find Idol Dreams enjoyable. Through Chikage, they can “live the dream” and reflect on the idea of a second chance just as she does. VERDICT A promising mixture of romance, fun, and contemplation. *reviewed for School Library Journal

  23. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    This series was on display at the library, so I decided to read it. Well, everything in this manga is 0 to 100 with no in-between. Chikage feeling unfulfilled and disappointed at 31 is realistic, but her suicide attempt is handled so cartoonishly. Right now, all the characters feel really flat, and the way she becomes an idol is a bit too ridiculous. I was expecting Chikage to try to become a popstar/idol herself (view spoiler)[ not basically be coerced into it. (hide spoiler)] . Chikage seems to h This series was on display at the library, so I decided to read it. Well, everything in this manga is 0 to 100 with no in-between. Chikage feeling unfulfilled and disappointed at 31 is realistic, but her suicide attempt is handled so cartoonishly. Right now, all the characters feel really flat, and the way she becomes an idol is a bit too ridiculous. I was expecting Chikage to try to become a popstar/idol herself (view spoiler)[ not basically be coerced into it. (hide spoiler)] . Chikage seems to have about 3 love interests, but we all KNOW who she's going to end up with. I kind of like Tokita, but him trying to kiss her in the mouth while she was asleep is wrong. Still, he's the only character I vaguely like right now. I like that he has always noticed her and cares for her even now. I really hope Chikage doesn't try to date the 15-year musical prodigy. I don't know how that's going to work out for her. Normally, I wouldn't be interested in reading the next volume, but I already have the next 4 with me. So ... until next time

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rinke

    This is normally not something that I would read but I decided to give it a chance. Idol dreams is a idol story with a little twist instead of a confident girl that can do anything we have an 31 year old awkward woman who thinks she ruined her life by not taking chances in her youth that can transform in a 15 year old for a short time. Weird I know but the message of sometimes taking a leap of faith gets through pretty strongly. The way the romance aspect is going to happen is not yet clear in th This is normally not something that I would read but I decided to give it a chance. Idol dreams is a idol story with a little twist instead of a confident girl that can do anything we have an 31 year old awkward woman who thinks she ruined her life by not taking chances in her youth that can transform in a 15 year old for a short time. Weird I know but the message of sometimes taking a leap of faith gets through pretty strongly. The way the romance aspect is going to happen is not yet clear in the first volume. Our 31 year old has a crush en someone has a crush on her. meanwhile the 15 year old version of said 31 year old also has a crush on the older ones crush look a like?? I haven't yet quite figured out how that is supposed to work. But in the end It was an easy and entertaining read And if I come across the second volume I will pick it up!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul Spence

    In the back of the volume, Arina talks of how she was asked to limit her signature flourishes because the market was for adults. Without the flourishes, there is just her main characters interacting. I never realized how awkward her figure drawing is. That aside, though, the story of a 31yo office woman who is lonely and regrets the mundane path her life took resonates. Through the magic of comic book science, she can turn 15 again. Her plan to recreate the lost romance of her youth takes a deto In the back of the volume, Arina talks of how she was asked to limit her signature flourishes because the market was for adults. Without the flourishes, there is just her main characters interacting. I never realized how awkward her figure drawing is. That aside, though, the story of a 31yo office woman who is lonely and regrets the mundane path her life took resonates. Through the magic of comic book science, she can turn 15 again. Her plan to recreate the lost romance of her youth takes a detour as she suddenly becomes an idol star in training. What could be a very typical manga theme becomes interesting, however, because we see her experiences through her 31yo viewpoint. These are just my first impressions, but I enjoyed the story enough to want to read the next volume.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Chikage Deguchi is unfulfilled by her current life at 31, she decides to take an experimental drug that takes her back to the age of 15. Tokita gives Deguchi the experimental drug that will turn her body back to 15. The drug was a success but it only lasts for up to six hours. Deguchi gets confused for a missing model and must do a shoot with a jerk that called her ugly. Hibiki looks like Deguchi's crush and he kisses her on set. Tokita takes Deguchi home after she drinks too much and tries to k Chikage Deguchi is unfulfilled by her current life at 31, she decides to take an experimental drug that takes her back to the age of 15. Tokita gives Deguchi the experimental drug that will turn her body back to 15. The drug was a success but it only lasts for up to six hours. Deguchi gets confused for a missing model and must do a shoot with a jerk that called her ugly. Hibiki looks like Deguchi's crush and he kisses her on set. Tokita takes Deguchi home after she drinks too much and tries to kiss her. Deguchi signs the contract with Seed Village Agency and her dreams to become an idol begin. Thanks to Deguchi, Ru doesn't quit Valentine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I expected a little more with the good things I heard about it being more complex and mature than most shojo Mangas and thought maybe this is one that will still stimulate my heart after some years away from Manga. It was still really surface because heaven knows fruits basket will forever be the deepest shojo Manga I've read. Not counting some great animes out there which are timeless. But by the end of the first volume it seemed nice enough and I really enjoyed tanemura-san's previous stories I expected a little more with the good things I heard about it being more complex and mature than most shojo Mangas and thought maybe this is one that will still stimulate my heart after some years away from Manga. It was still really surface because heaven knows fruits basket will forever be the deepest shojo Manga I've read. Not counting some great animes out there which are timeless. But by the end of the first volume it seemed nice enough and I really enjoyed tanemura-san's previous stories I read like Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Fullmoon wo sagashite. So I'll continue on :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Saira Juarez

    Honestly it's not much of a good book but it's also not that bad. I really love how Chikage becomes more aware of the world and helps other people. She's not much confident with herself and that's what she needs the most. I'm still trying to get why she is taking the drug to make herself young again. Honestly she looks so much better when she is with Haru and I am hoping she ends up with him. I just wish she knows her true feelings and depends on herself more. But I love this series so far and I Honestly it's not much of a good book but it's also not that bad. I really love how Chikage becomes more aware of the world and helps other people. She's not much confident with herself and that's what she needs the most. I'm still trying to get why she is taking the drug to make herself young again. Honestly she looks so much better when she is with Haru and I am hoping she ends up with him. I just wish she knows her true feelings and depends on herself more. But I love this series so far and I am hoping that the upcoming books will be great too!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I've really enjoyed this creator's work in the past, but I don't think this one is for me. The protagonist is just a wet blanket, and although that's the point of her character, it doesn't make her a fun or interesting person to read about. And then there's the fact that both of the apparent love interests are creepy options. Which is worse: a 31 year old woman in a 15 year old body with a 17 year old boy, or a 31 year old man who's most interested in the 31 year old woman when she's in the 15 y I've really enjoyed this creator's work in the past, but I don't think this one is for me. The protagonist is just a wet blanket, and although that's the point of her character, it doesn't make her a fun or interesting person to read about. And then there's the fact that both of the apparent love interests are creepy options. Which is worse: a 31 year old woman in a 15 year old body with a 17 year old boy, or a 31 year old man who's most interested in the 31 year old woman when she's in the 15 year old body? This feels like a mess in the making.

  30. 5 out of 5

    M

    This is an incredibly cute manga about a woman who regrets where her life is going and wants to di- wait. Nevermind. Maybe not that cute at the beginning, but she is able to take a drug that changes her appearance from a 31 year old woman to a 15 year old girl to feel like she wanted to feel back then. Since changing her age, she gets pulled into an idol group and this is delightful. It's cute and charming, almost like a Shoujo version of Spiderman. I'm excited to see where this goes! This is an incredibly cute manga about a woman who regrets where her life is going and wants to di- wait. Nevermind. Maybe not that cute at the beginning, but she is able to take a drug that changes her appearance from a 31 year old woman to a 15 year old girl to feel like she wanted to feel back then. Since changing her age, she gets pulled into an idol group and this is delightful. It's cute and charming, almost like a Shoujo version of Spiderman. I'm excited to see where this goes!

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