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Mayo Chiki! vol. 1

Mayo Chiki! Volume 1

Sakamachi Kinjiro, aka Jiro, is a boy with problems. First he walks in on Konoe Subaru, the coolest boy in school, in the bathroom. As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, in doing so he discovers that Konoe is a pervert…

The Man of Tango

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In a Buenos Aires coffee house, Spanish-born tango aficionado Angie speaks with an old flame about his latest breakup. He confesses that he feels emotionally detached from his partners, whether he is on the dance floor or in bed, and…

Oreimo, vols. 1-2

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Kyousuke Kousaka is an average high schooler with an above-average little sister. Popular Kirino is perfect in every way, a star student with supermodel good looks. Because of their differences, the siblings have grown apart and Kyousuke can’t even remember the last time he…

Happy Marriage?!, vols. 1-3

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Cynical Chiwa doesn’t have the time, energy, or money for the pursuit of love; she struggles with two jobs to pay off her foolish father’s massive debt. When her day job’s company chairman suddenly offers to pay her father’s debt on the condition that she…

NightS

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…

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…

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…

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 Drops of God, vol. 1-4

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Although Shizuku Kanzaki has been trained up by his father, a famous wine critic, to be a wine connoisseur, he has never tasted wine. His training involved tasting and smelling and building vocabulary. But he rebelliously turned away from the…

Bunny Drop, vol. 3-5

Every time former bachelor Daikichi thinks he is starting to get the hang of parenting Rin, the young family member he took in after his grandfather’s funeral, something else crops up to make him realize how wrong he is. From…

Kingyo Used Books, vol. 1-4

Yoshizaki’s series of slice-of-life tales centers around a bookstore and the slightly odd cast of characters who drift in and out of it. There is Natsuki, the young woman who works the front desk; her grandfather, the store’s owner; Natsuki’s…

Tesoro

Themes of food and family link these collected early works of Natsume Ono. The first thing anyone notices when reading Ono (Ristorante Paradiso, Gente, not simple, House of Five Leaves) is her unique, big-headed, hollow-eyed, scrawny-legged figure art and her…

The Drops of God, vol. 1

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The adage that the Japanese have a manga for everything is, for the most part, true. If you can think of it, there’s probably a comic about it out there somewhere. Yes, even curling. Lucky for us, some of these…

Saturn Apartments, vols. 1-3

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As soon as he graduates from junior high, orphaned Mitsu follows in his late father’s footsteps and joins the workforce, cleaning the windows of the planet-ringing, low-orbit space station the Earth’s population now calls home. With the surface 35 kilometers…

The Book of Human Insects

The Book of Human Insects is not necessarily what I would call an enjoyable read. Yet, quite like main character Toshiko Tomura, there is something so tantalizing and irresistible about the book that you can’t help but be drawn to…

Stargazing Dog

I read Stargazing Dog during one of my lunch breaks and had to take a few minutes to collect myself before heading back to my desk because I didn’t want my coworkers to notice that I had been crying. What…