Paradise Kiss Vols. 2-3 (Ai Yazawa) (2013/03/04 10:00)
A genre-transcending romance reaches its conclusion and ennobles itself in the process.
Creator Knows Best Dept. (2013/01/14 10:00)
If we can't let artists make mistakes with their own work, then they won't be free to make happy discoveries either.
For The Girls (And The Boys, Too) Dept. (2012/11/16 12:45)
Let's see some live-action anime projects in the West that are shojo stories.
Flowers of Evil, Vol. 3 (Shuzo Oshimi) (2012/11/03 10:00)
A further tightening of the screws, and maybe the first step in the next direction for this story.
Heroman Vol. 1 (Tamon Ohta) (2012/10/26 05:21)
Enjoyable if not-impressively-drawn manga take on Western-style kid's action comics. (Stan Lee had a hand in it, and it shows.)
Paradise Kiss, Part One (Ai Yazawa) (2012/10/13 10:00)
What makes a story that's nominally a romance into something a little deeper and more insightful? The idea that the characters want to be more than overgrown children, for one.
Limit Vol. 1 (Keiko Suenobu) (2012/09/26 10:00)
The cost of conformity, explored in a ''Lord of the Flies''-style manga scenario.
Sakuran: Blossoms Wild (Moyoco Anno) (2012/07/14 10:00)
The anti-"Memoirs of a Geisha". Moyoco Anno's manga, source for the film of the same name, is a brassy and sassy tribute to a milieu that often only gets the sleeve-wringing weepie treatment.
The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 2 (Shuzo Oshimi) (2012/07/06 10:00)
Further adventures in antisocial dating, in this sharp little psych-thriller series.
The Flowers of Evil, Vol. #1 (Shuzo Oshimi) (2012/05/13 10:00)
First installment in this diabolical manga series about a high schooler's psychological torment at the hands of a female classmate.
GTO: The Early Years, Vol. #11 (Toru Fujisawa) (2012/03/04 10:00)
Picking up where Tokyopop left off, it's Onizuka before he was the Great Teacher.
Japan (Buronson / Kentaro Miura) (2012/02/28 10:00)
Kentaro Miura and Buronson team up for a collaboration that's if anything even worse than the last one I saw from them.
Big Damn Heroes Dept. (2012/02/16 12:05)
From authoritarian heroes to egalitarian ones.
No Longer Human Vol. #3 (Usamaru Furuya, Osamu Dazai) (2012/02/11 10:30)
The manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream" comes to an unforgiving close, just as it should.
Black Jack. Vol. #17 (Osamu Tezuka) (2012/02/11 12:38)
The end. And it’s a fitting end to a manga series that’s always stood poised on the knife-edge between sweet fairy-tale simplicity and the tougher sensibilities of stories for mature audiences. Black Jack might well have been Osamu Tezuka’s finest...
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Vol. #1 (Tohru Fujisawa) (2012/02/04 12:19)
The further (and ever the more over the top) adventures of Great Teacher Onizuka, as he tries to turn around a whole special school full of kids abandoned by their own parents.
So Little Time, So Much To Do Dept. (2012/01/27 11:52)
More choices in entertainment means more competition, all against all.
Princess Knight: Vols. #1-2 (Osamu Tezuka) (2012/01/27 04:10)
Osamu Tezuka's gender-bending fairy tale, now in English, was worth the wait.
No Longer Human, Vol. #2 (Usamaru Furuya / Osamu Dazai) (2011/12/23 02:35)
Further down the spiral with both Osamu Dazai and his 21st-century interpretation via manga master Usamaru Furuya.
Black Jack Vol. 16 (Osamu Tezuka) (2011/11/04 11:10)
The penultimate Black Jacking, with a final installment that's to Tezuka what a side-long song is to a Krautrock band.
A Bride's Story, Vol. 2 (Kaoru Mori) (2011/11/04 10:51)
2nd volume of manga exploration of nomadic steppe life remains endearing and beautifully-drawn.
No Longer Human Vol. #1 (Usamaru Furuya / Osamu Dazai) (2011/10/18 07:08)
A magnificent bleak manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream". Still timely and relevant -- and bleak.
The Book of Human Insects (Osamu Tezuka) (2011/09/25 01:14)
Tezuka explores darkness once more, in the story of a woman apparently unaware of her capacity for evil.
Oh My Goddess! First End (Yumi Tohma) (2011/09/08 10:00)
Enjoyable if inessential light-novel side story for the Oh My Goddess! mythology -- written by one of the show's original voice actors, no less.
Velveteen & Mandala (Jiro Matsumoto) (2011/08/15 09:15)
"Bizarre" is the best adjective for this post-apoc zombie story, but "strangely touching" also comes in after a while.
Science fiction, rebooted.
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