Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai

The title Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai tells you most of what you need to know about this comic. He’s a ronin, he’s Robin Hood, he’s a samurai. The ronin were masterless samurai who lost their status by through…

Off*beat, vol. 1

For a lot of manga readers, the attempts at creating manga-style comics here in the U.S. have only very occasionally been successful (Chynna Clugston being one woman who’s pulled it off.) All too often, creators adopt the style without understanding…

Nodame Cantabile, vol. 1

Nodame Cantabile is about music and the joy that comes when you play from your heart. Shinichi and Nodame are music students with two very different approaches to life and music, but who always seem to play their best when…

Long Hot Summer

Long Hot Summer is the story of Steve, sort of. Here’s what I know about Steve: He’s 22 and he’s a mod. That’s about all I can tell you. The description on the back cover tells me it’s 1988, but…

Steady Beat, vol. 1

It’s tough living in the shadow of a perfect older sister. As any younger sibling can tell you, it’s not so much that one is better than the other, but that an older sister or brother simply got there first.…

Crossroad, vol. 1

In a world of step-families, honorary siblings and friends who become family, the definition of the requisite components for a family unit is breaking down. With more and more families straining, shattering and then recombining, the children of these rotating…

Crossroad, vol. 2

On the first day of her junior year, Kajitsu attends a Life Instruction class where she meets Akai, substitute calligraphy teacher and part-time councilor. Kajitsu finds Akai very attractive and as she opens up more and more to Akai, he warns…