About time, too, or does this development have anything to do with the bunko edition reprint (2006) of Watase Yuu-sensei's terribly cute, non-mahou-shoujo series starring The Dandelion Yamazaki Tanpopo? Don't misunderstand, I'm not being snarky or complaining; I'm actually all Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! about it. *beams*
by Yuu Watase
Tanpopo Yamazaki is a humble country girl with dreams of attending high school in Tokyo. Yet when she is accepted by the prestigious Meio High, she finds herself friendless because of her background. In a school where the students are judged by their statuses and wealth, Tanpopo is looked down by the upper classes, even by a seeming nice boy who had helped her earlier... then suddenly claims not to know her at all! Undaunted, she sets about nurturing a gardening club on her own… and as time passes, people are drawn into her circle in ways that will connect them forever...
First published by as a tankoubon August 2000 by Shogakukan (it was serialized in Sho-Comi, not a straight-to-tankoubon as advised earlier)
Series status: Five volumes, complete (July 2001)
Bunko reprint (dates from online bookstore 7&Y)
October 2006: Volume 1 and 2
November 2006: Volume 3
Superficial similarities to Hanadan and Ouran if you focus on some plot elements, but Imadoki! is a strong series in its own right (especially when it comes to tending gardens ^^). I wouldn't mind adding the CY version to my shoujo manga collection (I tend to favor CY's English translations; they have a way of feeling more "authentic".)
~nik AKA 花木兰03 who has decided to make a separate "encyclopedia" entry for Imadoki! because she wants to
P.S. That encyclopedia post will have the cover scans of the new Japanese bunko editions ^^
P.P.S. Still on
bunko rereleases, will soon update Nakajo Hisaya-sensei's backlist to include bunko aizoban volumes 1-12 of Hana-Kimi (which were obviously released to coincide with the airing of the Fuji TV dorama).
related links (licensed manga)
Primo Passo, BOYS' Esthetique, Great Waiters, and Love Remedy, among others (ChuangYi newly-licensed manga)
Tsubasa Wo Motsu Mono, Phantom Illusions, Because you smile when I sing: Takaya Natsuki manga titles among ChuangYi new licenses