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Vitamin (SUENOBU Keiko)  
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Description
From Storm in Heaven:

Ostracism and mistreatment at school. How can one stand alone against the all-too-powerful group? Sawako finds a way and she starts drawing manga.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
ビタミン
爱的维他命
Vitamine (French)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3 by Storm in Heaven (2839d ago)
v.1 c.2b by Storm in Heaven (2839d ago)
v.1 c.2a by Storm in Heaven (2839d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (369 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.18 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 30th 2014, 2:57pm PST

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Year
2001

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1108 increased(+208)
Monthly Pos #2278 increased(+16)
3 Month Pos #2979 increased(+659)
6 Month Pos #3978 increased(+685)

List Stats
On 91 reading lists
On 236 wish lists
On 1061 completed lists
On 7 unfinished lists
On 133 custom lists

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what a story!   
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by itsumomisora
June 7th, 2009, 7:27am
I have never seen such a poignant story drawn in only 3 chapters before! I agree with the person that said Suenobu must have experienced some bullying to have written this kind of stuff. There have been manga that touched on the subject of ijime, but none as mercilessly as Vitamin has (to the point that it was a little off-putting). This is the kind of stuff that causes kids in school to go crazy and commit suicide; its not something you can laugh off and forgive/forget.

TBH, if anyone has read GTO, I never liked the character development for Yoshikawa. Whatever drives a person to suicide is not something one can surpass so easily and then forget. If the person can overcome it, they are at least a lot stronger for it, like Sawako (and not like Yoshikawa).

But even more than a story about bullying, I think this is a story about discovering your true self. As cliched as it sounds, not a lot of people can do it and not a lot of manga can portray it.

Unlike other readers, I'm really glad that the mangaka ended the story and did not address the consequences that Sawako's boyfriend and classmates might have faced. Is the story about revenge? No. Sawako is truly happy with herself and that's the best ending I've seen in a long time.

... Last updated on June 7th, 2009, 7:29am
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Really good   
Rating: N/A
by souless_cat
February 11th, 2009, 10:07pm
From a person who was bullied before by my whole class and alienated in middle school, this manga brought those memories back. Sometimes reading this made me cry, and it shows how young people bully others. I really recommended people to read this.
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amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by windshadow
February 25th, 2010, 4:29am
Beautifully written. How can something of only 3 chapters be so astoundingly powerful?

Vitamin delivers in a gorgeous manner the despicable nature of people and how bullying spirals. itsumomisora has written a wonderful review on it and sums up some of what i would like to mention. Things like how it's about her overcoming it more than a personal vendetta issue is something that added to the appeal of this manga. It's a very personal retelling, and if you were a victim of such bullying, i doubt you'll want to have "follow-ups" on the lives of those who used to bully you.

Also, near the end, when her mother mentions about the vitamins she was taking only to realise it wasnt, it helped to add another touch of realistic portrayal of situation. Her mother not knowing they were gastric medication despite being back on good terms with her daughter just shows how despite everything much more needs to be done to really understand someone.
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Amazing   
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by deelink
February 26th, 2009, 7:51am
How does Suenobu-sensei do it? She manages to fit in so many emotions and themes in 3 chapters? It's simply amazing. I guess it's like one simple vitamin pill that contains 30 vitamins and minerals, how do they do THAT? Either way it was a great read. Never mind my stupid analogy.

For me, the moral of the story is: Success is always the best revenge!
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Pretty Good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by brimac13
January 20th, 2009, 8:17pm
Good art with an interesting plot line. Despite its length, Suenobu-san does an amazing job of conveying a story with actual depth (a difficult thing to do with only three chapters).

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I like this and I've read it a few times, but I've always wanted to see the reactions of her (former) classmates when they read the manga and see their own horrible deeds brought to light. I'd really love to see their parent's reactions. I guess I'm a bit of a vindictive person.


(I think I might be the only person commenting here who didn't cry over it...)
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I'm usually not a crybaby but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Merlerna
September 7th, 2007, 6:56am
I admit it, this is one of the few mangas that made me cry. I can't believe how surreal this manga was. I love the ending.
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Okay   
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by Sphear
May 31st, 2013, 12:45am
I thought the overall message was good; the art was fine too. But this is exactly how Life went, with the victimzed girl, the whole school against her, cutting her hair for a fresh start...And I honestly am not someone who really knows the realities of bullying but this felt contrived and exagerated. The "antagonists" were completely demonized and rather than seeing the severity and emphasis on the bullying what I saw was a really naïve view of the situation.

As I said though, the overall message was good and clear. The author, as usual is skilled at creating hateable antagonists. I'm a little frustrated to see that I had little sympathy for the victim, and the series did little to provoke some kind of emotional reaction from me. This contradicts what a lot of the other reviews say...

... Last updated on May 31st, 2013, 12:50am
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oohh...so touching!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angelfire_aja
September 29th, 2010, 2:27am
this one of the best that a shoujo can offer...

i can't believe I just read it now..!!


I RECOMMEND you read it!!

the story is SUPER nice!

i agree..it's "astoundingly POWERFUL"
I'm sure this will be one of my most remembered manga. It sure made me cry and will forever leave me a mark.

don't let this chance pass. READ IT!

... Last updated on September 29th, 2010, 2:29am
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Touching   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MissRaw
June 4th, 2009, 3:28am
This manga is moving. As an American, I don't understand the bullying in Japan, but I can imagine it is 10x's worst compared to America, as the bullying has been portrayed many times in manga.

It made me cry. My only complaint is that they never talked about her ex-boyfriend anymore, and I felt it wasn't completely concluded. Did her boyfriend even felt sorry? I mean, he caused all of this problem, and suddenly disappeared from the manga.

All and all, this was a good read.
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Lets just say;   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kerirae
May 23rd, 2008, 7:20pm
I love this manga. I seriously love it. It is so realistic, and scary. Shit, if i was that girl i'd probably masacre everyone. Seriously. But i really recommend this to anyone and everyone. Well, not little kids. But this is such a good manga. The art work is good too.
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