Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai ("I am not an angel") is one of Ai Yazawa's earlier works. It ran in Shueisha's Ribon shojo magazine from 1991 to 1994, and spans eight volumes. An OVA was made in 1994.
It tells the story of Midori "Angel" Saejima, a girl with a talent for drawing and a bubbly personality. She attends Hijiri High School, a newly created school in which her and her classmates are the first pupils ever. Her classmates persuade her to run for student council, and while she agrees to please them, she becomes truly invested in winning after finding out that her crush Akira Sudoh is also a candidate. Since he is elected president and her vice president, they spend a lot of time together, and while they become close very fast their relationship will have to overcome several obstacles, most of them stemming from Akira's troubled past and Midori's tendency to meddle in other people's affairs, even if she always means well.
In keeping with Yazawa's love for cameos and self-reference, a couple of the characters show up in Gokinjo Monogatari.
Do not confuse with Tenshi Ja Nai.
Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai provides examples of the following tropes:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys
- Big Fancy House: Mamiya's.
- Bishie Sparkle: Takigawa.
- Bishounen: Akira and Takigawa.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mamiya.
- Delinquent: Love interest Akira.
- First Kiss
- Genki Girl
- Hot for Student: hinted at with Akira and the other Hiroko, they were only friends according to Akira.
- Last-Name Basis
- Love Triangle
- The Matchmaker: Midori.
- The Ojou: Mamiya.
- Pet the Dog: Akira and the kitten.
- Portmanteau Series Nickname: tenNai
- School Festival