science fiction

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 2

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As the second volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens, blind swordsman/ex-criminal Mamoru and his allies in the Element Network have successfully protected tween psychic Haruka from her would-be kidnappers. However, the vigilantes have little time to rest on their…

Attack on Titan, vol. 1

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Attack on Titan and the film adaptation of Starship Troopers share quite a few similarities. Both tell the story of young men driven by revenge against an enemy responsible for killing their families and besieging the human race. While Johnnie…

Barrage, vol. 1

It is the Era of Warring Planets and Industria, a hardscrabble little world, has been invaded by aliens of all kinds. Enter Astro, a brave, caring fifteen-year-old who lives in the slums, supporting a ragtag collection of younger kids. Astro…

7 Billion Needles, vols. 1-4

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Antisocial high-schooler Hikaru just wants to be left alone. But when she skips out on a class-trip dinner for a solitary walk on the beach, she attracts the attention of what she at first believes to be a shooting star…

Mistress Fortune

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a spy…or one of the X-Men. So it is pretty much inevitable that if the book uses the words “secret government agency” in the description that I am going to want to…

Ultimo, vol. 1-6

So what happens when Stan Lee, perhaps the United States’ most famous comic book author and co-creator of many popular Marvel Comics characters, decides to create a Japanese manga? With the aid of veteran manga-ka Hiroyuki Takei, himself the author…

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, vol. 1

Despite my having spent three years working in a comic books and games store, the Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomena largely passed me by. Oh, I was familiar enough with the game in general – I certainly sold enough cards for it! But…

Darker Than Black

Several years ago, Hell’s Gate appeared in Tokyo, stealing away the stars and replacing them with fakes. These new stars represent contractors, humans who have lost their humanity, gaining supernatural powers and a price to pay each time they use…

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…

Drifters, vol. 1

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One minute, Shimazu Toyohisa is battling for his lord and his life on the bloody field of Sekigahara. The next, he finds himself standing in a narrow hallway before a bespectacled suit at a desk who abruptly shuttles the confused…

Andromeda Stories, vol. 1-3

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On the planet Astria in the Andromeda Galaxy, a wedding between Princess Lilia of Ayodoya and the prince of Cosmoralia is poised to establish a new dynasty and usher a new era of prosperity. However, the time for rejoicing is…

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…

Tegami Bachi, vol. 1

In a land without a sun, people live in one of three cities: the rich Akatsuki, brightly lit by an artificial star; the middle-class Yuusari, in perpetual twilight; and the poor and dark Yodaka. Traveling between those cities are the…