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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…

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…

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…

The Push Man and Other Stories

The Push Man collects sixteen short stories by the acclaimed Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Tatsumi is particularly renowned and recognized for his art style, which is “restrained, minimal, and stylized,” according to Adrian Tomine. No one has the big…

The Walking Man

Jiro Taniguchi’s The Walking Man is about a Japanese businessman who goes on walks around the city he lives in. That’s it for the plot of this book–it exists on that very simple premise. The book is divided into a…

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…

Paradise Kiss

Introduction “Sweet exotic scents filled its every corner, as if someone was making candies in a Chinese import store. Dizzying music pulsated and bounced off the loud pink walls. There was an old bar, and a pool table, and three…

Hellsing, vol. 1

Hellsing is the Church of England’s Top Secret Vampire Repellent Bureau, and their number-one agent is Alucard, a domesticated vampire that obeys human beings. For some reason vampire activity all over the globe is increasing, so Alucard and his sidekick,…

Desire

Toru thinks he has all he needs – a loyal best friend, Ryoji, who makes him laugh and an encouraging art mentor, Kashiwazaki, pushing him to excel at painting. Never mind that he’s been in love with Ryoji for years…

Maison Ikkoku, vol. 1

How can Yusaku Godai ever pass his exams living in a nuthouse like Maison Ikkoku? Between Mrs. Inchinose’s snooping, sexpot Akemi’s teasing, and Mr. Yotsuya’s mooching, Yusako’s academic life is going down the tubes. He’s just about to move out–really,…