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In this collection of romantic shorts, an independent young transporter with a complicated past loses his heart when he lends his services to an enigmatic man who claims to be yakuza; a jaded high-schooler plays wingman for a shy boy he suspects of…

False Memories, vol. 1

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“I don’t think I’d mind if it were with you.” They thought it would just be casual, but one passionate evening between high school friends Nakano and Tsuda changes everything. Unfortunately, neither knows how much that night meant to the other.…

Tableau Numéro 20

Tableau Numéro 20

In the title story of this collection of shorts from talented, imaginative manga-ka est em, an art restorer encounters unexpected complications when he’s brought in to identify and repair a recently-unearthed painting, the mysterious subject of which has captivated him…

Ayako

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Ayako is a story of post-war Japan, told from the perspective of the Tenge family. Made wonderfully rich by the vast amount of farmland they’ve owned, the American occupation of Japan has helped to establish new reforms that will now…

Awkward Silence, vols. 1-3

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Artistically talented but painfully shy Satoru has a crush on baseball star Keigo. Satoru spends his afternoons watching and drawing his handsome crush, even though he can’t get up the nerve to approach him. One day, Keigo surprises Satoru by…

Angel Para Bellum, vol. 1

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One of the most interesting aspects of manga is how western stories end up being transmogrified into something new by Japanese writers and artists. Often the result is a work that will make western audiences feel, well, a little squirmy.…

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, vols. 1-8

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What if a persistent small pox-like epidemic reduced 17th century Japan’s male population by three-quarters, leaving the traditionally paternalistic country’s fate in the hands of its women? It’s a fascinating question and one which creator Fumi Yoshinaga handles beautifully and…

Message to Adolf Part 2

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Where the first part of Message to Adolf sets the stage for the story, in this second part, the stage is mostly ruined. Criticisms that were expressed in the review of the first part of the story (that the story…

Danza

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In Danza, Creator Nasume Ono (Not Simple) presents an uneven collection of short stories surrounding the bonds of human relationships through parenthood, friendship, brotherhood, and, in the most touching story, cross-cultural family by marriage. The first story is pat and…

Punch Up! Vol. 1-4

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Maki Motoharu is a professional architect content to let his conservative clients think he’s too devoted to his job to take a wife. The truth is that Motoharu is a closeted homosexual with a thing for younger men. He is also workaholic…

Message to Adolf, Part 1

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There is a thing that happens when you read enough Osamu Tezuka: you keep comparing each work that you read to his greater body of work. That’s not necessarily fair, but it happens, and in this case Message to Adolf,…

Thermae Romae, vols. 1-2

Roman bath engineer Lucius just wants to contribute to the Empire’s greatness and the happiness of its people, so when he loses his job because his designs are considered outdated, he’s understandably bitter. To cheer him up his friend treats…

His Favorite, vols. 1-4

With his bulging eyes, pinprick irises, and prominently scarred cheek, shorty oddball Yoshida is already the butt of jokes at his high school. Things only get worse when tall, handsome Sato, the most popular boy in school, starts hanging all…

Pepita: Inoue Meets Gaudí

Celebrated manga-ka Takehiko Inoue goes looking for renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s inspiration and essence on a 2011 trip to Spain. It may at first surprise readers familiar with Inoue, who usually tells wonderful stories about basketball (Slam Dunk, Real) and…

Blade of the Immortal, vols. 1-26

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Fugitive swordsman Manji is tired of living with regrets, without purpose, and without any foreseeable end in sight, due to his body’s mysterious ability to repair itself. Told by his wizened one-time benefactor that taking the lives of 1000 evil…

Rohan at the Louvre

It’s hard not to be curious about a manga commissioned by the Louvre from Hirohiko Araki, a mangaka best known for the seinen series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The Louvre calls to mind an austere classicism along the lines of the…

No Longer Human, vols. 1-3

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“I’ve lived a life full of shame.” “Human beings terrify me…” While surfing the Internet for inspiration, manga-ka Furuya is drawn to the voice behind an enigmatic online diary titled No Longer Human. In it, a broken young man named…

The Manga Guide to Physics

Megumi is a great tennis player, but she’s not so great in her physics class. When all of the students compare notes after their test, she worries because she didn’t get the same answers. All this worry then distracts her…