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Wandering Son, vols. 1-7

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Wandering Son is an important manga series, much celebrated for the sensitive treatment of its two young transgender protagonists. It offers nuanced portrayals of these two middle schoolers, their friends, and their families. The tone is sweet, gentle, and hopeful,…

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, vol. 1

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Let’s get something straight right away: unlike the original video games, Resident Evil is not scary in comics form. It may be bloody and tense, but if it weren’t for the tropes it uses, I wouldn’t call it horror. In The Marhawa Desire, readers will find a cheesy…

Fragments of Horror

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Japanese horror films have long been popular in the States; remakes of movies like The Ring and The Grudge have led people to seek out their scarier Japanese counterparts, while fans claw and cringe for ultra-violence like The Audition and Battle…

High School DxD, vols. 4-5

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In my previous review of the High School DxD manga, I learned to enjoy the story of pervert Issei Hyoudou and his so-called life as a demon. In earlier volumes, there was plenty of hilarity to go around, which provided a good counterbalance to…

Crimson Spell, vols. 1-5

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In this high fantasy yaoi, cursed swords and epic quests combine with forbidden love and passionate sex. Prince Valdirgr, known as Vlad, has taken up a demon-cursed sword in order to save his people. Though wielding the sword wins the war, its curse…

Spell of Desire, vol. 1

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The opening volume of Tomu Ohmi’s latest josei manga series introduces Kaoruko “Koko” Mochizuki, a young woman who owns an herbal shop in a small seaside town. Never knowing her mother, Koko grew up with her grandmother, a gifted herbalist who trained Koko until…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

  First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover…

High School DxD, vols. 1-3

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High School DxD was a light novel written by Ichiei Ishibumi that was turned into anime and manga—and little has changed between the cartoon and comic versions. Unabashed pervert Issei Hyodo transfers to Kuoh Academy, formerly an all-girls school, with only the…

Alive

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Alternative manga is often obtuse, which can be a detriment or a delight. Taguchi Hajime’s Alive is often both at once. The book is a collection of loosely-connected stories: teenagers hiding from their exams on a rooftop; a man who is afraid to love, cohabiting with a…

Monster Musume, vols. 1-2

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Did you know that centaurs, mermaids, and harpies really exist, and they’ve been living in secret in Japan? Monster Musume features a Japanese government that has formally acknowledged the existence of liminal species. To foster goodwill between humans and liminals, Japan…

Love In Hell, Vol. 1

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Hell can be many things: a place of endless horrors and punishment, a black abyss devoid of God’s light, or simply other people. The infernal realm has inspired numerous literary works, comics, movies, and video games. An underground realm occupied by a…

Dorohedoro, vols. 1-13

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Caiman is a decent guy. He may be huge and handy with a knife, but he’d just as soon stuff his face with tasty gyoza from his friend’s shop as he would pick a fight—unless, of course, that fight is with a sorcerer.…

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, vols. 1-3

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Some people find their joy in gardening, sailing, or building things with their hands. Forty-something Shiro Kakei finds his joy in creating delicious homemade meals on a shoestring budget, and the support and appreciation of his partner, Kenji Yabuki, make it all…

Blue Morning, vols. 1-4

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Akihito Kuze has lived with his sickly mother in the family’s quiet country villa for the first ten years of his life, so he is completely unprepared when the death of his parents thrusts him into the complicated, turbulent world of Meiji-era…

Sakuran

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Moyoco Anno is a big name in the manga industry. Notable titles such as Sugar Sugar Rune and Happy Mania have delighted and challenged her audiences. In Sakuran, Anno gives us an intimate look into the life of an Oiran, or courtesan,…

Vinland Saga, Books 1-3

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  Makoto Yukimura’s claim to fame before Vinland Saga was a relatively brief manga series called Planetes. It was a “hard sci-fi” series that focused on the lives of a team of orbiting garbage collectors. There was a default main…