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Tenshi Nanka ja Nai  
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In a rainy spring day, first year high schooler Midori Saejima saw a tall, handsome fellow student take care of a stray kitten. Without knowing the boy's name, she fell in love with him at the first sight. Due to sickness, Midori returned to school three days after summer vacation -- only to find out that she was "volunteered" as a candidate for student council. After a series of embarrassing accidents, both she and the mysterious boy she had a crush on, Akira Sudo, were elected as members of the student council. Being the first student council of this newly established high school, they are about to create "new traditions" for their school and a bittersweet love story for themselves.


Related Series
Gokinjo Monogatari (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Em không là thiên thần
I Am Not An Angel (YAZAWA Ai)
Je ne suis pas un Ange
Tenshi Nanka Janai

Groups Scanlating
Dragon Voice
Dragon Voice Project
HYD Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.40 (end) by Dragon Voice Project (2013d ago)
v.8 c.39 by Dragon Voice Project (2186d ago)
v.8 c.38 by Dragon Voice Project (2249d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 1, Chap 4

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (365 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 15th 2015, 11:53pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

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3 Month Pos #3021 increased(+47)
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On 585 wish lists
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Why bother reading   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Krimson
May 15th, 2014, 10:11pm
The story showed potential in the beginning and went downhill. The main character knows how to cry, support her friend to pursue a guy who already has a girlfriend, whine like a heifer, be indecesive and act like an immature and inconsiderate brat. Its annoying!
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Spring of youth filled with smiles   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HoneyDippedLemons
February 20th, 2014, 5:16pm
This manga perfectly captures the joy and energy of youth. And sometimes I can't believe something this... happy was written by Yazawa-sensei.
It's just a simple and cute story about those carefree school days, about first loves, about having fun with friends and classmates, about just enjoying life and simple everyday things. I loved both Midori and Akira and practically everyone else.
I read this a looooong time ago, but one thing that I will always remember about it are the smiles. Obviously characters in other manga also smile, but these smiles just seemed so genuine. When Midori smiled it reminded me of those days when I wasn't a clueless child anymore, but I also didn't have the worries and burdens of adults on my shoulders. And when Akira smiled back at her it reminded me of the fun days with my friends in the classroom, of waiting for the bus together while telling jokes and laughing are asses of.
It captured my heart!
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Heroine was THIS Close   
Rating: N/A
by Sphear
November 1st, 2012, 10:41pm becoming a whiny, crying little shojo thing. But hey, it's a very fine line between a burdening bitch and an optimistic heroine. Surprisingly, she wasn't too disagreeable- rather, cute. The whole story had that abundant shojo plot (with a pathetic little love triangle) and a really amazing cast of characters. They were simple, but I found the male so earnest, and special.

I really have to say the whole series was just really enjoyable and just super sweet. Sweet. It's a fine word to describe the series. I don't know about it being realistic (still seems idealized to me) but nothing was over exaggerated or too stretched- just a very subtle amount of your dream romance.

... Last updated on November 1st, 2012, 10:43pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by shadowwalker
August 11th, 2012, 1:14pm
i feel a bit weird about this manga.. i remember reading this 3-5 times and saying wow its good but somehow forgetting to comment on it... worse i forget to put it in my complete list and read it again and realize i also forgot the story! so how should i say this.. its a good read but not memorable? better fish to cook out there? arrgh i read it again and its still good i don't understand how i can still remember some half-assed one shot i read three years ago but manage to forget about this everytime!
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Love...just love   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bluedrop
February 26th, 2012, 4:38pm
Aagh...I kept putting this off because the art just isn't to my taste but I finally got over it saying to myself I've read great manga with worse art anyways. I'm so happy happy HAPPY I finally read this!

Just love. While I was reading this, I started enjoying it and appreciating how rare it is to find shoujo mangas like this. There aren't any typical stereotypes that are strictly adhered to even though it seems that way in the beginning.

I kept assuming superficial reasons for the drama which I usually expect nowadays from shoujo manga but the plots actually have depth. There is reason for pain and although
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Midori cries a lot. Like a lot. Which might have turned off some people because they automatically think it's a sign of being a wimp or the usual weak crybaby heroine
, you get to really feel for the characters.

As one reviewer said, I too wanted more from the ending. Although many are satisfied with it, I wanted to see Akira one more time or at least a scene with them being lovey-dovey (which I usually don't go for but I so wanted to see it here).

Those that would usually be labeled antagonists aren't made evil for the heck of it, just to add drama which is done soooo many countless times in other manga (ex. evil dad for the sake of having drama or slutty mom just to give a reason for the protagonist's reactions/psych). The threads are tied up really well despite my want for more from the ending.

It's so hard to find shoujo like this nowadays. You do find some but most of the time, the shoujo genre is chuck full of painful cliches, putting off so many readers from really finding the gems.

I assumed so much on this and was proven wrong from the very start.

The drama about the main couple getting together that is usually dragged painfully on in some mangas doesn't happen here. Here, it's more believable. The guy isn't some brooding bastard hesitant to try a relationship and how they develop together is believable, not the hit-over-the-head kind of falling in love.

The depth of the drama was unexpected because I automatically assumed they were going to be shallow misunderstandings. I cheered with the characters, I cried, I laughed, then sobbed a bit more.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2012, 3:35am
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Should have remembered   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
January 19th, 2012, 10:01pm
Sensei is the master of portraying realistic relationships in the shoujo genre! If you have read about the heroines in this genre, to the point of being sick of them, then you'll find this one quite refreshing. Not because there are no cliches, but because her personality is not only likable but you are able to understand her actions.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by black.rOses
December 11th, 2011, 6:34pm
This made me cry a bunch of time and I love midori for being strong! A lot says that she's weak and I don't see how. She pursued her love and smiled when her heart was breaking. That's real strength right there! Akira might've been somewhat a jerk but the author explained why he was and that's understandable. I still fell in love with a manga character. The other characters were also really well made written and although i wanted more from the end,
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to see their kids, since Akira really wanted a family
it was already well ended. OVERALL OF 10/10
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
October 22nd, 2011, 1:53pm
I never really planned on reading this manga because the art isn't my style but you get used to it after 1 volume. The story captivated me and just brought out so many different emotions and i really loved the character development. I went from smiling to serious to laughing to crying to being angry, it's really a roller coaster of emotions! I specifically loved the main character Midori because i've never seen any character that positive and energetic in all my reads. Despite the fact that she cries a lot and she's really outgoing, she's really strong and serious when it comes to the most important things. She has the ability to give others warmth and transfer her strength. I absolutely loved this manga and If you're hesitating because the art is a bit different, then you're going to miss out on something worth while. Some of the best manga's have the most average art. The ending was also very well done, i loved it!
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MySwirl
July 17th, 2011, 8:28am
At first I thought this one was going to be a normal shojo-manga with some nice and funny comedy-elements. Well, in fact that's it but Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai is special because it's kind of predictable but heart-warming. I cried a few times while reading it and that didn't happen to me for a long, long time. The story draggs you into it and the characters are lovable (even if the female protagonist is a cry-baby, but you can understand her pain). I recommend to those who like shojo with a bit comedy. It's a very special manga. I really I cried...I can't believe it, but it was so moving and touching.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Autumn_Niight
March 19th, 2011, 1:28pm
Yes, the main character did get annoying here and there with her constant crying, & don't get me wrong usually I HATE the weak main character types as much as majority of people do, but this manga was an exception. it turned out to be such a beautiful story & the ending had the capability of leaving me with this indescribably wonderful feeling.

... Last updated on March 19th, 2011, 1:34pm
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