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…

xxxHolic, vol. 1

Watanuki, pursued by an elephant-sized spirit when trying to take a walk, tries to get away and ends up near a strange house. When he touches the gate, the spirit seems to disappear and against his will his legs decide…

Othello, vol. 1

If you enjoyed Mars, or like the traditional girl-hero, boy in the wings, fun high school drama, go read Othello. Go go go, because this is heaps of fun! Othello (no relation to anything by Shakespeare so far) centers around…

Battle Royale, vol. 1

It is a sad fact of life that many YA books seem to reflect a teenage obsession with death. A teen does something stupid–drinking and driving, unprotected sex, vacationing at Camp Crystal Lake–with disastrous consequences; usually, most of the teen’s…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Introduction Anyone here a closet fan of Quantum Leap? Raise your hands. I admit, I loved that show beyond all reason, and would frequently catch reruns whenever possible. Who didn’t wonder what it would be like to travel to another…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, vol. 1

Friends across the class lines, exuberant Princess of the Clow Sakura, bursting with love for her more reserved friend Syaoran, travels to his dig site to admit her feelings. When she arrives, however, she sets off a chain reaction in…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, vol. 2

The second volume gets right into the action when, new to the Hanshin Republic (a poke at how the residents of Tokyo tease the folk of Osaka), our quartet soon realizes that this world of personal gods and street gangs…