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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…

Kingdom Hearts II, vol. 1

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In 2002, Disney and video game publisher Square Enix teamed up to create a fanfiction writer’s dream. Kingdom Hearts introduced Sora, a boy swept up in an adventure across different worlds occupied by characters from Disney animated films and Final…

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, vols. 1-8

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What if a persistent small pox-like epidemic reduced 17th century Japan’s male population by three-quarters, leaving the traditionally paternalistic country’s fate in the hands of its women? It’s a fascinating question and one which creator Fumi Yoshinaga handles beautifully and…

Kaze Hikaru, vols. 1-21

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When her father and older brother are murdered by political rebels, fourteen-year-old Tominaga Sei vows vengeance. Taking the sword skills her brother taught her, she disguises herself as a boy named Kamiya Seizaburo and journeys to Kyoto where she joins…

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…

Codename: Sailor V, volume 2

Codename: Sailor V is to Sailor Moon what the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie is to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. It’s almost there, has many of the same elements, but doesn’t have quite the same oomph that…

Codename: Sailor V, volume 1

Many Americans got their first taste of anime through the television show Sailor Moon. Due to the popularity of the television show, the now defunct U.S. publishing division of Tokyopop released the manga in 1998 to American audiences. Over the…

Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus, vol. 1-2

Cardcaptor Sakura tells the story of fourth grader Sakura. She has the task of re-collecting the scattered “Clow” cards, after discovering an old book in her dad’s library and awakening the book’s guardian Kero-chan. These cards contain and control dangerous…

All My Darling Daughters

“A mother is an imperfect woman.” Truer words have never been spoken and having them spoken by Fumi Yoshinaga, the reigning queen of thoughtful, artistic manga, makes them even more poignant. All My Darling Daughters is a collection of four…

Ôoku, vol. 1

In Japan in the 1600s, a pox-like plague begins to hit the men and boys of the country. Women and girls are not affected by it and by the time the plague stops, the population of men numbers one-fourth that…

Solanin

Technically Asano’s Solanin is a seinen (men’s) comic, but the ideas explored in it will speak to both genders and a wide range of ages. The story revolves around Meiko and her boyfriend Taneda, who live in a small apartment…

Future Lovers, vol. 1

All Kento Kumayaga wants is a family. Raised by his grandparents, the young teacher just wants to meet a nice girl, settle down, and raise children. But the girl he chooses is underwhelmed by his cut-to-the-chase proposal and then, to…

Real, vol. 1

Two young men—Nomiya, a high school dropout haunted by an accident he caused, and Kiyoharu, a cancer survivor who lost a leg to the disease—find themselves altered by the sport of wheelchair basketball. Nomiya is just looking to keep playing…

Cowa!

Paifu is a happy-go-lucky young monster. Half-vampire, half-werekoala, he lives with his mother in a town of mostly monsters. Most of his days are spent getting into trouble with his best friend, Jose, who is a ghost. But when the…

Kitchen Princess, vol. 1-3

Najika is excited to be attending prestigious Seika Academy, where she hopes to find the mysterious boy who saved her life just after she was orphaned.  However, if all she can do is cook, will she be able to fit…