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

What Did You Eat Yesterday 1

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…

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 character,…

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

No Longer Human 1

“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

Drops of God

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

Saturn Apartments 1

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…