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…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, vol. 3

As the group travels on to the next world, one feather under their belt and Sakura mercifully awake, CLAMP takes this opportunity to take on a classic manga tale full of evil overlords, honest and noble magical heroines, and a…