science fiction

Gangsta., vols. 1-2

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This gritty urban tale with a hint of sci-fi centers on partners Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, owner-operators of the Handymen, an odd-jobs business in the troubled city of Ergastulum. With its sun-drenched stucco facades, narrow alleys, and idle traffic, the…

Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol.1

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Trigun Maximum can best be described using the line of text on its contents page: “DEEP SPACE PLANET FUTURE GUN ACTION!!” The series includes lots of over-the-top, gunslingin’ action, with machines and weapons advanced far beyond what the Wild West-style setting suggests, coupled with a large…

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.…

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…

Biomega, vol. 1-3

It’s the year 3005 and the N5S Virus—-a horrible disease that transforms people into walking zombies—–pushes humanity towards the brink of extinction. A synthetic human named Zoichi Kanoe searches the sprawling cityscapes for Eon Green, a teen girl who is…

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…

Ghost in the Shell (manga)

If you were into anime during the mid-1990s, chances are you know a thing or two about Masamune Shirow. Shirow’s most popular work was Ghost in the Shell, a manga series that asked the question, “In a world where hyper…

Kieli, vol. 1

Kieli has always been able to see ghosts. This ability has made her less trusting of the hypocritical teachings of the church, the main power in her world. When she stumbles upon a young man named Harvey and learns that…

Ray, vol. 1

Ray is a mysterious surgeon with X-ray eyes. Born on a body farm and genetically engineer to be a source of donor organs, she barely remembers her childhood. Now she travels around performing surgeries no one else has the skill…

Akira, vol. 1

“At 2:17 P.M. on December 6th, 1992, a new type of bomb exploded over the metropolitan area of Japan…. Nine hours later, World War III began.” So begins Katsushiro Otomo’s epic Akira series, which opens with a full color spread…

Gunslinger Girl, vol. 1

If you’ve been horribly injured, the Social Welfare Agency is here to help. They’ll use state-of-the-art cyborg prosthetics to get you on your feet again. In return, you’ll have to become a government assassin. In Gunslinger Girl, the Social Welfare…

Loveless, vol. 1

To be perfectly clear: Loveless is not an easy manga to understand. Within the first volume alone readers will encounter murder, loneliness, willing sacrifices, inherited responsibility, physical abuse, crushes, and virtual battlefields. The characters are close-mouthed and reluctant to reveal…

Clover

This is the kind of manga that blows away any stereotypes of childish interactions or frivolous stories. Kazuhiko, an embittered ex-military man turned P.I., is yanked out of retirement to perform an apparently simple task: transport a young lady to…